A Look at 'The Walking Dead' Game
Telltale Games has released its first screenshot (above) and some concept art from its upcoming video game adaptation of The Walking Dead. And it’s looking pretty darn good.
The video game is set in a world that’s congruent with both the AMC television series and Robert Kirkman’s comic book, but it portrays a completely separate story featuring new characters created specifically for the game. You’ll work to help a prison convict named Lee Everett and his young daughter Clementine survive the zombie apocalypse. The game’s backstory says that Lee was being shipped to prison when the Zombie apocalypse came, enabling his escape to freedom.
The art style, as you can tell from the screen, aims to echo the dirty, hand-drawn visuals of Robert Kirkman‘s comic book. One key difference: the game is presented in full color, where the comic is black and white.
Telltale is known for its lighthearted adventure games, so translating that sensibility to the dark world of zombie survival/horror has stretched the developer into new territory. Just like the comic and the TV show, The Walking Dead: The Video Game will center entirely on surviving, while inviting the player to explore their surroundings for medical supplies and foodstuffs Lee and Clementine need to live. You’ll also interact with human NPCs, and it’s here that the dire consequences of player choice become apparent. NPC deaths will be permanent, for example, and will affect how future episodes of the downloadable game will play.
Telltale hopes to release The Walking Dead sometime late this year. Since they’re one of the few developers consistently able to meet deadlines, it looks like they’re right on track. Check out the concept art below.