SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/
-- Think you're tough enough to survive a horde of undead
walkers? Gamers will be able to find out next year
as Activision Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary
of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), and Terminal
Reality announced today an all-new
The Walking Dead™
video game. Based on AMC's Emmy-Award winning TV series,
the do-whatever-you-need-to-survive first-person action game will
allow players to assume the role of the mysterious,
crossbow-wielding survivor Daryl Dixon, alongside his
overbearing brother Merle, on a haunting, unforgiving quest to make
their way to the supposed safety of Atlanta.
"The work AMC has done with the TV series has been amazing and
we're ecstatic at the opportunity to be brought into the fold,"
said Drew Haworth
, Creative Director at Terminal Reality. "The
studio is made up of fans of the show, and we think other fans will
see that the situations and walkers featured in our game are every
bit as gruesome and shocking as they are in the TV series —
they look, move and react as expected with full authenticity
— and they will surprise you. The player's
fight-or-flight survival instinct is constantly engaged.
'Flight' is usually a good bet."
The Walking Dead
video game takes the undead and brings them out of the TV
show and into console gaming systems in a new, terrifying way.
The iconic walkers will relentlessly hunt down players like
their television counterparts, using a combination of sight, sound
and smell. As Daryl, players will need to tread carefully
throughout each new area they explore. Once discovered, it
doesn't take much to attract an unstoppable horde of undead
walkers, so every threat needs to be assessed, and every situation
analyzed. Players will have to choose between whether to stay
and fight while risking a gruesome death or using stealth to avoid
the undead. No place is truly safe for Daryl as he makes his
way through the Georgia countryside in this new,
"Activision and Terminal Reality are working to deliver a
powerful combination of a deep, engrossing story with intense
action," said Charlie Collier, AMC's president. "Daryl
is such a unique and complex character and we're excited to offer
fans the opportunity to experience this new video game."
Resources are scarce and scattered in
The Walking Dead
video game, and gamers will have to not only ration
supplies, but carefully consider their food, medical needs,
ammunition, and other goods as survival in the game is based upon
wit and intellect more so than simple, sheer skill. In order
to endure this constant state of danger, players will have to do
all they can to silence the noises they make and avoid detection.
Throughout his journey, Daryl will encounter a slew of other
characters that can help or hurt him in a variety of ways, and
whether or not they accompany him is completely up to player choice
and represents just some of the major decisions that will
constantly be made while fighting to survive.
The Walking Dead
is scheduled for release in 2013 for the Xbox
360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft,
PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC,
and is currently rated "RP" (Rating Pending) by the ESRB. For
more information, visit
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About AMC's "The Walking Dead"
AMC's "The Walking Dead" secured a 2010 Golden Globe nomination
for best television series and won the 2011 Emmy award for
outstanding prosthetic make-up. The series tells the story of
the months and years that follow the zombie apocalypse. It
tracks a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick
Grimes, who travel in search of safety and security. The
story explores the challenges of life in a world overrun by
zombies, the toll it takes on the survivors, and how sometimes the
interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to survival than
the zombies themselves. Over time, the characters are changed
by the constant exposure to death, some growing willing to do
anything to survive. AMC's "The Walking Dead" is the number
one drama series in basic cable history for key demos, including
Adults and Men 18-49 and Adults 25-54.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
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and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure
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Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the
Netherlands, Australia, South Korea,
mainland Chinaand the region of Taiwan. More information
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