Overkill Software finally showcased something substantial for Overkill's The Walking Dead. For years now the game has been kept under wraps and we haven't seen anything about it. Well, now we've been introduced to the very first survivor, and he's located in Washington D.C.
The trailer for Overkill's The Walking Dead introduces the character of Aidan by having him walk down the street in front of Washington's Capitol building while he's being nagged by a variety of people, including his brother, who's telling him that he's broke and that they need groceries. He's also lectured about living in D.C., and how he needs to take care of his brother when he's staying with him, and also gets a talking to from his boss about the schematics he needs to complete for work.
After stressing out over the calls, we fast-forward into the future, where Aidan is sitting on a bench, decked out in survivor gear and shaking. He's battle-hardened and equipped with a spiked baseball bat.
We get a good look at the streets of D.C., which are now littered with dead bodies, crashed cars, debris, and death.
He walks up to a police car and honks the horn with his bloodied bat. This awakens a handful of walkers who come out of the crevices and crashed cars. Aidan smiles, flips on his hoody and readies his bat for action. The splash screen pops up for Overkill's The Walking Dead right before the bat connects with a walker's head.
I'm not sure how much we can glean from this cinematic trailer, because, oftentimes, gamers have come to expect that cinematic trailers usually don't represent what the full game will be like. However, I'm sure that Overkill specifically focusing on Aidan using a bat indicates that we're likely going to see plenty of melee combat in the game.
The thing is, Overkill's expertise comes from the first-person shooter genre with games like Payday and Payday 2. Many gamers are expecting it to be a run-and-gun shooter fest just like the heist games. This is definitely a strong possibility, but a lot of it depends on what actual gameplay footage of Overkill's The Walking Dead is showcased when it finally does go public. A few scant details about the characters and gameplay were also outlined over on the Steam app page, revealing that stealth and guns-a-blazin' tactics will be present.
Players will supposedly have to raid locations for resources and supplies while avoiding becoming overwhelmed by zombies. For as much as we know, this game is described as mixing the elements of action with stealth, giving gamers both intense melee encounters and intense projectile-based encounters, a little like State of Decay.
No solid release date has been set for Overkill's The Walking Dead, but it is set to come out in the fall of 2018 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Expect details on the release date either before or during next year's E3.