The Walking Dead IP has a few ups and downs over the last year in the land of video games. Telltale’s The Walking Dead was nearly killed off before completion and Overkill’s The Walking Dead was a massive bomb. Today, though, Skydance Interactive and Skybound Entertainment are hoping that their latest game will turn the tide and bring the IP back from the dead.
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners has launched today on Steam and the Oculus Store. This new VR horror title sends players to the city of New Orleans. The game is entirely physics based, meaning combat is realistic and violent. Players confront both zombie hordes and fellow human survivors in New Orleans while looking for supplies and completing missions. This isn’t just a series of mini-games; Saints & Sinners features a single player story campaign.
“With The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, we set out to create an experience that players and fans could fully immerse themselves in, which you can’t get from playing a console or mobile title,” said Adam Grantham, Creative Director at Skydance Interactive. “We wanted to give players an original story that truly belonged within The Walking Dead universe, from the environments, the narrative and the combat to make them feel as if they were truly living in this gruesome world.”
Skydance Interactive’s innovative approach to VR offers players a new way to live survival horror in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, by taking physicality and motion into account with players’ actions, allowing for a deeper interaction between the player and their environment. Scale buildings to ambush enemies from above, hold down a walker’s head to rip a knife out of its skull or attack from a distance with throwing weapons, bows and long-range firearms. Players can also choose from an arsenal of weapons or craft their own to fit their play style and survive their way. Physics-based combat turns every swing of an axe or jab of a knife into not just one of clever planning, but of physical effort to overcome enemies.
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is available now on PC in $39.99, $49.99, and $149.99 editions that feature extra content. A PlayStation VR version is due this spring and an Oculus Quest version later in the year.