The World War Z movie is getting its own video game. Starting out as a novel written by Max Brooks and published in 2006, World War Z takes place in an apocalyptic world where people must battle zombies in order to survive. The World War Z film adaptation was directed by Marc Foster and starred Brad Pitt.
The game, simply titled World War Z, was announced at this year's Game Awards and will be developed by the independent developer Saber Interactive. Their portfolio includes shooters such as Inversion, Timeshift, Quake Champions, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and NBA Playgrounds. It will be a four-player co-op survival-shooter that will mine story beats from the 2013 World War Z movie. No official release date has been set for the game, but it is expected to roll-out in 2018.
The World War Z movie video game now has a trailer that sets the tone for the upcoming title. Much like the movie, the game capitalizes on the horror/thriller aspect of the property, showing humans on the run from the living dead. The campaign mode for World War Z will focus on "unique survivor stories and missions around the globe, including New York, Moscow, and Jerusalem, [while players use] traps, barriers and the environment strategically to stay alive while unleashing a storm of firepower with a variety of weapons on the unrelenting hordes of the undead." You can watch the full trailer above.
In the press released from Saber Interactive, the company's CEO Matt Karch expresses his excitement “to finally capture that energy in a fast-paced and gruesome experience crafted specifically for modern consoles and PC." Meanwhile, Bil Bertini, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Licensing for Paramount Pictures, which owns the rights to the World War Z film, has nothing but good things to say about their partner in this endeavor:
"Saber has tons of experience working on high-quality games and they've done a great job capturing the massive, frantic hordes of 'zekes' that sets our franchise apart. They have created a fiercely original experience in the rich universe of World War Z that fans are sure to love.”
While the premise is nothing new (it's reminiscent of the Left 4 Dead series), it remains to be as popular as ever. If done right, the upcoming World War Z video game could spawn a franchise tied-in for the movie franchise, as well as the upcoming film sequel that David Fincher is directing (with Pitt once again starring). From the look of things, the World War Z game should arrive well before the film sequel hits theaters.
World War Z is expected to be made available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, at some point in 2018.
Source: Saber Interactive