After years of waiting, speculation, and rumors, the world of The Walking Dead is getting that little bit bigger with the announcement of Overkill’s official companion game.
Everyone knows that The Walking Dead already crafted its own world with Telltale Games’ episodic survival horror, but as that saga comes to a close in 2018, it looks like Overkill is set to take over Robert Kirkman’s undead apocalypse in terms of video games.
The company behind the Payday series has been working on a Walking Dead game for the past four years, and now under the gaze of Kirkman’s Skybound Interactive, Overkill has finally released a trailer for its own attempt at walkers in Washington. You can watch it in the space above.
Overkill had teased a big announcement following the shocking midseason finale of The Walking Dead season 8, and it didn’t fail to disappoint. The first trailer focuses on Aidan, a downtrodden businessman caught in the hustle and bustle of Washington D.C. and struggling to cope. However, things take a turn for the worse, with Aiden finding himself caught in the midst of a zombie outbreak. Seeming to be a sole survivor, Aidan is trapped among the shuffling corpses of the undead but making his way in the end of the world. Complete with Negan-esque baseball bat, it looks like he is more than equipped to take on the gnashing teeth of the zombies. That being said, with this being The Walking Dead, there are sure to be some equally dangerous human foes knocking around out there too.
Similar to Payday, Overkill promises four lead characters, but this time, they will have to battle their way through a decomposing landscape under the main aim to strengthen your base camp in D.C. While the trailer doesn’t reveal the other three players, expect each of them to have an equally expanded backstory and dysfunctional personalities. Interestingly, Robert Kirkman and co. have always said that character’s from Telltales’ world would never cross over into the main show, but could Aidan find a place in one of AMC’s two Walking Dead shows? Given that The Walking Dead (once) tried to head its storyline toward the capital, some future season could possibly find itself crossing paths with Overkill’s stoic survivor.
The video game market has been saturated with zombie shooters thanks to the likes of Left 4 Dead, the Resident Evil series, and The Evil Within, it will be interesting to see what Overkill will bring to the table with The Walking Dead. The game was originally scheduled for a 2016 release, but Overkill seems to have finally settled on “Autumn 2018.” This neatly lines up with the end of the Telltale saga, meaning that Overkill could conveniently fill that empty zombie space in our hearts for video game and Walking Dead fans alike. Either way, Overkill looks to be pushing the boundaries of The Walking Dead and making that popular shuffling showstopper bigger than ever.
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