The Walking Dead franchise creator Robert Kirkman has some hope for Activision’s shooter based on the popular TV series, despite publicly expressing doubts as to whether such an adaptation could work.
Speaking to GameInformer, Kirkman directly addressed an incident in which he was quoted as saying he wouldn’t like to see The Walking Dead adapted as a shooter, prior to the announcement of Terminal Reality’s take on the the franchise.
“I know there is a quote out there where I said, ‘It would be dumb to do a first person Walking Dead game because there are so many that it wouldn’t be something that would be competitive in the marketplace, and you’d always be compared to Left 4 Dead so why bother.’ I don’t think AMC read that quote,” Kirkman said.
“But I will say that this game is very much the Dixon brothers’ game. These two characters don’t exist in the comic, so the ability to play as those characters and learn more about those characters, who are very popular in the show, could actually push this game over the top and make it a worthwhile experience. That’s what I’m hoping on.”
The shooter was licensed by Activision from AMC and is therefore based on the show rather than the comics.
“I’m not as involved because that’s their thing. I’m looking at stuff. I’m aware of its existence,” kirkman said.
“I know Activision is working very hard to make a cool-looking game and I’m hopeful it will be something that is worthy of the Walking Dead brand, but it’s not something that I’m actively, intimately involved with. Telltale’s game is based off the comic book, so I have a bunch more control over that than I do with what AMC does.”
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013 and boasts a number of neat features, including zombies which hunt by smell.