New Media From 'The Walking Dead' Game
Man, that Robert Kirkman gets around. In addition to his duties writing numerous comic books, he’s also part of the writing staff on AMC’s The Walking Dead TV show and serves as its de facto public face. Now he’s helping launch an online talk show about Telltale Game’s upcoming tie-in video game.
The Walking Dead game’s website is now online, and along with it, Telltale has started up Playing Dead, a nicely-done “online talk show” that will dive into the process of creating this game, and give you behind-the-scenes access to the people responsible for it. The series is hosted by actor A.J. LoCascio, best known as the voice of Marty McFly in Telltale’s Back to the Future video game.
Playing Dead will run for nine planned episodes. The first episode (embedded above) features an interview with the two primary developers responsible for creating the game. In addition to the talk show, Telltale also launched the game’s official website at thewalkingdeadgame.com.
Among other revelations, the first ep of Playing Dead talks about how the characters and storyline from the game intersect with the story from the comic book (which is being considered canon over the TV show). The game follows new lead character Lee Everett, a man sentenced to prison and on his way there when the zombie apocalypse first breaks out. He’s soon freed and finds himself trying to survive and escape Atlanta in the earliest days of the zombie outbreak. Playing Dead also reveals that some characters from the comic book will be featured in the game, since at least at the outset, the game takes place in the days before the comic book began (while Rick Grimes was in his coma). Glenn and Herschel both pop up in the game, for example.
The new video game puts an emphasis on the story and drama of the protagonists, unlike other zombie-centric games, which are typically shoot-’em-ups where zombies are nothing more than cannon fodder. Hopefully Telltale’s work on The Walking Dead will culminate in something more game-like than the recent Jurassic Park game, which most critics accused of being little more than a mildly interactive movie.
The 5-part game is expected to hit all major gaming platforms this Spring.