Late last week at SXSW, Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead gave some slight insight at what we can expect from Payday studio, Overkill.
“I can say that it will be Payday-esque because [Starbreeze and Overkill] are currently doing Payday,” Kirkman said. “But I’m told it will be in a bigger world than Payday currently encompasses. They are going to be learning a lot of stuff from Payday that they will be incorporating into The Walking Dead game. There will be announcements about that game very soon.”
Kirkman went continued the interview to explain what is wrong with licence games, even taking stabs at the last Walking Dead shooter, which received horrible reviews from both critics and fans. “One thing that we are doing, which I think is very cool about the Telltale game and the Starbreeze game and Air game is that they are all licensed games, and licensed games are usually somewhat crappy, but thankfully our’s aren’t,” he said. “The key I think, which is very important, is that we’re not doing, ‘Hey, it’s Daryl Dixon running around shooting zombies, because you like Daryl Dixon.’ Or ‘It’s Rick Grimes doing this because you like Rick Grimes.’ We’re telling our own stories and doing our own things almost as if they are original games.”
“With most licensed games, the company looks at it as a marketing tool and not a game, and the release date is set in stone,” he continued. “The marketing for the game is marketing for the thing, and the game is supposed to build brand awareness. So those release dates are set in stone. Most licensed games have some lackluster element to them because it’s like, ‘You have to hit this date, sorry.’ We’ll just push things back and make it good.”
While not much has been shown about the game aside from the teaser trailer, however given the Payday-esque mentioning above, it is safe to say that this entry will have online co-op and might give players a bit more freedom when it comes to missions.
What do you think? Would a Walking Dead Co-operative shooter work? Do you agree with Kirkman’s comments on License games?