Concept images of cancelled Dead Nation 2, The Walking Dead games from Housemarque
The minds behind games like Dead Nation and Super Stardust HD, Housemarque, pitched an idea for Dead Nation 2, their own take on The Walking Dead and some kind of game involving a guy named Superman (???), but all three have appeared to be cancelled.
Superannuation did some sleuthing and was able to find the following images from www.djouad.com, who I‘m about 98% sure is a digital artist employed with Housemarque. The site is public and the images are all fantastic, so if you like what you see here, go and give his other work a look. Seriously, take a look at these.
It looks like Dead Nation 2 was planned to include 4-player online co-op from the start. Or maybe just 4-player co-op? Either way, there are a number of pictures that show more than one player on the screen at once. Seeing as how receptive the Playstation online community was to receive a co-op option in the original Dead Nation, one can’t help but wonder what might have been.
This frenzied scene shows that Housemarque was planning on making a much more hectic experience in Dead Nation 2. There are still zombies, at the bottom of the image, but there’s also gigantic angry dogs and…dinosaurs? Two-mouthed dinosaurs?! Shit! Seeing moss and plant growth (I think that’s what that is) on buildings and vehicles says that Dead Nation 2 would have taken place some time long after the fall of humanity.
This image is kind of strange. There’s obviously a gigantic ape/alien creature, and it has obviously wreaked havoc on the entire cityscape. But what are those green things? Is it just huge piles of moss? Are they alien eggs? There are also some dead bodies at our protagonist’s feet. Would we have had to take arms against other people as welll?
This image was supposedly done for the first game. But I can’t help but thinking that I’ve seen one of these guys somewhere else. Or at least tried desperately not to…
It’s actually pretty unfortunate that all of these games have been canned. Dead Nation was a great game, and no doubt Housemarque would have done some fun things with The Walking Dead. Maybe throw in all the shooting that people who complained about Telltale’s version of the game had been missing?
A pretty decent-sized cast of characters were planned for The Walking Dead version of the game. There’s a distinct lack of Daryl and Merle here (unless that’s one of them in the suit) which might suggest that while the characters might look a little bit like their AMC-adaptation, the game might have followed the graphic novel rather than the television series. Even it wouldn’t, why would you make a pitch for a The Walking Dead game that had shooting in it without them? Maybe that’s what the problem was with the pitch?
Hey look, it looks a lot like Dead Nation! More zombified dogs and lots of walkers.
Another one bites the dust. Damn.