It's been a long time coming, but finally fans of The Walking Dead have been given a glimpse at Overkill's game adaptation in action. The title was initially announced back in 2014, and the former Payday developer was seen as an astute choice to develop a more action-heavy Walking Dead game, offering up a suitable foil for Telltale's narrative-driven The Walking Dead episodic series.
However, things didn't entirely go to plan. The game was set with a multitude of delays, before finally settling on a potential release date of fall 2018. Since then, cinematic reveals have been coming thick and fast, sharing an overview of the four difference playable characters who will be trying to escape from the zombie-infested streets of Washington D.C.
That said, the gameplay in question was still missing - until now. Thankfully, E3 2018 has proved to be the perfect place to show off some gameplay from Overkill's The Walking Dead, with the game making up part of the PC-centric press conference. The game's release date was also revealed, with the title set to launch on November 6, 2018 in North America. Those interested in seeing the game in action can do so above.
The trailer in question shows off the importance of teamwork when faced with the unsurmountable odds of a zombie apocalypse. The game's four player co-op really focuses on the idea of working together, stating that "teamwork is paramount." Each of the characters has their own skills and will apparently also have story arcs of their own, and making sure that every member of the party is treated with care is apparently vital for escaping Washington D.C. alive.
Perhaps understandably, Overkill's The Walking Dead has drawn parallels to Valve's acclaimed multiplayer zombie shooter Left 4 Dead. However, it's clear that Overkill's title is going for a much different tone, while its use of the larger Walking Dead intellectual property could allow the title to build upon the setting that has gone before it.
All in all, it's going to be an important time for The Walking Dead in video game format. Telltale's own The Walking Dead is seeing the release of its last season, and is bringing with it some major changes including the potential for unscripted gameplay. Between this and the co-operative survival of Overkill's The Walking Dead, the overall IP could have the zombie setting nailed down in video games for some time.