Next Games, a Finnish games company founded by former Rovio, Supercell and Disney employees, announced that it has started development on a new mobile game based on AMC’s hit zombie-themed TV Series, The Walking Dead. Details are scarce at the moment, but Next Games insists the game will be the “first time players see this iconic and enormously popular TV series come to life through gameplay exclusively developed for smartphones and tablet devices.” According to Next Games’ site, the studio creates narrative-driven games with engaging free-to-play mechanics.
“Our take on the undead survival franchise will match the against-all-odds action and moment-to-moment tension of the TV series. We want to find that sweet spot where gameplay and narrative inform and reinforce one another,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO at Next Games. “Like AMC’s The Walking Dead itself, we’re not giving away too many details right out the gate, but I can confidently state it’s unlike anything we’ve seen from The Walking Dead franchise on home or mobile gaming hardware before.”
The Walking Dead has been the #1 show on U.S. television among adults 18-49 for two consecutive seasons. AMC and Next Games will launch the new game, likely for iOS and Android devices, in time for season 5 of the series, which will premiere in October 2014.
“We chose to team up with Next Games because of their outstanding creative and technical talent, as well as a willingness to re-imagine the unique and compelling world of The Walking Dead, which has built a significant and passionate global fan community,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We’re thrilled to be part of this next wave of games innovation and participating in a project that, like the show itself, is in service of the fans.”
More details will be released in the coming months.