We try to avoid spreading rumors here at FleshEatingZipper (we prefer to needlessly start them), but this one shambled into my sight a few weeks ago and won’t go away. Speculation abounds that there is a video game in the works based on the AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead…
Telltale Games, developer of the Sam and Max adventure games, is trying to generate some hype for their upcoming event in San Francisco on February 17th, where they’re going to announce five new multi-platform games, including one “based on a just-launched property from the TV and comic book world whose popularity is changing life as some know it.”
The Walking Dead seems to fit that obscure snippet well enough. Though the comic actually came out back in 2003, the television series just launched on AMC in October with six highly rated episodes.
I’m not sure where the line “changing life as some know it” fits in. Seems to me that a zombie apocalypse would change life as everyone knows it. Or, if we read the line as written, it is the property’s popularity that has changed life as some know it, which seems like a knock against the show. “Oh, your property is only popular enough to change life as ‘some’ know it, huh? You weren’t popular enough to affect everyone? Sucks to be you.”
But if it weren’t for poorly written press releases, we wouldn’t have anything to speculate about. And if there is a Walking Dead game in the works, what kind of game will it be? First Person Shooters and zombies go hand-in-hand, but why redo something that Left 4 Dead has already done so well? Or, considering what Telltale Games has done before, perhaps it’ll be an adventure game with an emphasis on story.
Maybe it won’t turn out to be a game for The Walking Dead at all. It isn’t likely to be one based on Painkiller Jane on SyFy or Human Target on Fox either – these shows have comic books, but they have both been around a while.
Telltale Games is already making games for Jurassic Park and Back to the Future, and there are two other Steven Speilberg-produced TV shows based on comic books that are scheduled for release this year: Falling Skies on TNT starring Noah Wyle and Locke & Key on Fox, based on the comic written by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son). If it’s not a game based on The Walking Dead, my money’s on one of these two properties.
All I know is… if it’s The Cape, I’m going to be very, very disappointed.