Payday 2 creator Overkill Software is making a new game based on the popular zombie franchise The Walking Dead, the company just announced. Robert Kirkman, the creator of the original comics, said in a post on Steam that it’s “the co-op game that all of the Walking Dead fans have been waiting for.”
Overkill has only released the teaser trailer that you can see above, so details about the new game are understandable scarce. But we know that Kirkman himself has signed on to the project, and it’s not coming out until 2016. Also the message “In 2016 Washington will fall” that’s plastered in bloody letters seems to suggest that the game will be set in the U.S. capital. Or at least the adventure will start there, at least.
Based on Overkill’s pedigree, it’s also probably safe to assume that their Walking Dead game won’t have a lot in common, gameplay-wise, with the acclaimed episodic adventure game series made by Telltale Games. Payday 2 is a fast-paced multiplayer co-op shooter, after all, and Kirkman’s statement suggests that the guy was drawn to overkill because of the studio’s expertise making exactly those kinds of games. It is interesting that he just called it a “co-op game,” and didn’t specify that it’s a shooter, however.
To sweeten the deal, Kirkman also said that Payday 2 will add a special spiked bat melee weapon to celebrate the new partnership. Awwwwww.