The Walking Dead is huge. The TV show is one of the highest rated and most watched series on television and last year’s videogame adaptation by Telltale won several game of the year awards (not the Activision published Survival Instinct that was universally panned). The comic that spawned all these new properties is still running strong ten years later. So, with the popularity of the franchise, it’s no surprise that AMC is developing a spin-off of The Walking Dead.
The show is expected to premiere in 2015 and will feature new characters and stories. Series creator Robert Kirkman will serve as the companion series’ executive producer alongside Gale Ann Hurd and David Alpert. Kirkman has expressed his excitement for being able to explore new stories in the universe in this new medium. Whatever is in store with this new series, I’m sure it will deliver.
EA announced a new Plants Vs. Zombies game in a very Battlefield-esque teaser. The game is going to be a multiplayer plant-based shooter. It’s coming first to Xbox One with 360 and PC ports following. No official word on PlayStation releases, but it’s likely they will follow the PC release.
Amazon’s attempt to continue the story of Zombieland as a series has failed. Zombieland: The Series will not be picked up, likely due to all the negative reactions surrounding the pilot. I wasn’t a fan and was actually preparing a review of the first and only episode of Zombieland: The Series, but decided to stop after realizing that the only sentence I wrote (“Zombieland: The Series is a soulless disappointment, but it’s free.”) completely sums up the series and would hardly be worthy of a post. You can see the failed experiment yourself for free on Amazon.
While it’s disappointing that we may never get that much desired sequel to 2009’s fantastic horror comedy Zombieland, we can be further disappointed by Amazon’s attempts to continue the adventures of our survivors in their serialized continuation: Zombieland: The Series. The first episode is currently available on Amazon for free, but it looks terrible. I can’t speak certainly whether it actually is or not, since I haven’t taken advantage of the free video, but the trailer below doesn’t really make me feel comforted that the property is in able hands. The cast of characters is the same, supposedly, as those in the films, but the new actors portraying them seem to have lost a lot of what gave those characters their appeal, if this trailer is representative of the final product.
Upcoming open-world zombie survival game State of Decay has a new trailer and a June release date. The game is being developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios. Synopsis and trailer below:
The end is here. Life as you knew it has gone to hell after the mother of all zombie outbreaks. Now you and the few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild in a 3rd-person action game set in a dynamic open world. You choose where to make your stand, designing and fortifying your home base, performing daring raids for food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors with unique talents. The open, sandbox world develops in real-time, shaped by your actions, dynamically generating content based on your choices and the ever-increasing zombie threat.