Today, Overkill Software uploaded its latest character trailer for its upcoming Walking Dead game. The first trailer highlighted a baseball bat-wielding survivor (not Negan) named Aidan, the second a nurse named Maya, and in the latest one, an older man named Grant.
This trailer is a bit different than the others. Unlike Maya and Aiden, Grant speaks. The Walking Dead has always been about people, and relationships. Grant seems to be on a mission to locate his granddaughter, as he explains to a zombie (called "walkers" in The Walking Dead's universe) strapped to the front seat of a car. The trailer concludes with Grant saying, "Don't you worry sweetheart, I'll find you, I promise."
Grant's trailer is purely cinematic like the previous two trailers - no gameplay is featured. If there is one thing that can be gleaned from the three character trailers, it's that the cinematics are of film quality. Many might find it odd though, that little to no gameplay has been shown for this game. So far, the only real gameplay seen is in the 2015 e3 trailer, and the gameplay was only shown for a few seconds. According to the game's official site, "OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a four player co-op action FPS, where you and your friends fight the dead as well as the living." We have yet to see that gameplay in action.
It appears Overkill is firmly set on showcasing the characters and dark world The Walking Dead resides in. This does make sense, because storytelling has always been what has made The Walking Dead franchise engaging. The story takes place in Washington D.C., just "a few months after the outbreak," according to Executive Producer Saul Gascon in an interview with Comics Beat. In that same interview, he confirmed the game takes place in the comics' continuity, not the show's.
Meanwhile, the final season for Telltale's The Walking Dead (which also takes place in the comics' continuity) is still coming this year. That game will conclude the story of Clementine, which began in Telltale's first Walking Dead game. It will be interesting to have two Walking Dead games on the market, one of the visual novel type, and one of an intense, Payday type.
There is still one more character to be revealed in Overkill's The Walking Dead. The 4-player co-op game will see release in fall of 2018, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.