The first trailer for a video game based on AMC’s The Walking Dead has gone live.
The timing is more than appropriate, as The Walking Dead just wrapped up its second season with the finale episode on Sunday, giving viewers huge cliffhangers as expected.
So until the new season picks up in the fall, eyes will focus on the video game adaptation. The trailer doesn’t actually show any gameplay footage, but does demonstrate how well the tone and darkness from the comic book series and TV show are translated to the new medium.
The Walking Dead has gained notoriety for its epic storytelling, and for its ability to tell expand what has become a very traditional pattern for zombie-related action stories.
When it comes to zombie plot lines, they are almost always written to be conveyed in a very finite, time-sensitive context. The story involves a city or town being overcome by zombies, until eventually some top-secret government group is able to come in, nuke the place, and erase any memory of the zombie existence.
In The Walking Dead, though, there is a more realistic depiction of a world that becomes completely overrun by the undead creatures, and showing that such an event is more than something that could be summed up in a 90-minute movie.
Indeed, this is the first time that a zombie invasion has been the subject of a serial drama, and it’s opening up the imagination of zombie fans the world over.
The video game has a parallel story to the comic book series, and is being published by Telltale, which has gained recent fame for its masterful game adaptations of series like Back to the Future and Wallace & Gromit.