Skydance Interactive announces The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners VR game at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, and is due out sometime in 2019. Robert Kirkman's comic book series The Walking Dead is an ongoing story that first started in 2003, taking place in the United States in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. It didn't take long for readers to take up the series and for it to eventually achieve critical acclaim.
All of that eventually led to AMC adapting the comics onto the small screen in 2010, which itself has since turned into a rating juggernaut that's about to enter its ninth season. Of course, the TV show isn't the only adaptation of the property; there have also been numerous novels, web-series, board games, card games, and even video games. Right now, Starbreeze Studios is busy working on Overkill's The Walking Dead - a canon video game set within the comic series - but it looks like another game is also on the way.
Skybound Entertainment announced at SDCC 2018 today that they are partnering with Skydance Media's interactive division to develop The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, an upcoming virtual reality game that exists within the expansive comic book world that Robert Kirkman created. What's more, the game, which is set in what remains of New Orleans, gives players the option of becoming a saint or a sinner in this new wasteland. It is slated to launch worldwide in 2019; a specific date wasn't revealed.
"Set in the flooded remains of New Orleans, the game will challenge players to make their way through the iconic quarters, as they explore what has become a brutal, unforgiving wasteland. Players will have to deal with others struggling to survive in what remains of this once vibrant city. In the world of The Walking Dead, the walkers are the least of your problems. Will you choose the path of a saint, or that of a sinner? You have watched and played in the world of The Walking Dead, now, get ready to Live it."
It's no secret that post-apocalyptic stories tend to hit well with all types of audiences, especially for video game players. Settings such as decrepit and overrun cities have a way of capturing the imagination and excitement of general and hardcore gamers alike. From there, it makes to drop zombies into the mix and see what happens. But that's not all. Merging the zombie genre into a virtual reality experience is something that has a lot of potential for success if executed properly. Skydance is looking to do just that with their upcoming Walking Dead VR game, which will be the franchise's first title to tackle the medium.
Plenty of horror games, such as Alien: Isolation, have seen success with virtual reality, but it'll be interesting to see how Skydance differentiates their property from the crowd. Virtual reality is still a growing field, and there's only so much that can be done with the zombie genre, but blending the two together is a recipe that can attract casual consumers in addition to fans of not only virtual reality gaming but The Walking Dead in general.
Source: Skybound Entertainment & Skydance Interactive