New Story-Driven Walking Dead Game Announced for Mobile

The free-to-play March to War comes out in 2017 for iOS and Android.

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A new Walking Dead game is on the way for mobile devices, developer Disruptor Beam announced today as part of New York Comic-Con. The licensed game is called The Walking Dead: March to War, and it's described as a story-driven multiplayer strategy game based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series.

Though you have to wait until 2017 to play March to War, which is when the free-to-play game comes out for iOS and Android devices, you can register at the game's website to learn more. You will also receive an "exclusive" in-game Captured Walker for March to War when the game comes out.

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The Walking Dead is not the first big-name franchise that Disruptor Beam has worked on, as the Framingham, Mass.-based studio has also made Star Trek: Timelines and Game of Thrones: Ascent.

"We've had success bringing both Star Trek and Game of Thrones to mobile, allowing fans of these franchises to tell their own stories through gameplay and the connections they make with other players," Disruptor Beam CEO Jon Radoff said in a statement. "We very much look forward to continuing our work with Skybound Entertainment to create a similarly authentic and graphically impressive 3D game that truly brings to life the world fans love in The Walking Dead: March to War."

In terms of gameplay, players can expect to fight cooperative and competitively to control resources in a "devastated" Washington D.C. setting, while at the same time keeping the zombies at bay. You play as the leader of a group of survivors and can build a team made up of characters from the franchise such as Rick, Michonne, and Negan.

"Faced with an ongoing series of moral choices, players will defend their camp against hoards of walkers and, the bigger threat, other survivors," reads a line from the game's description. "Inspired by the stark look of The Walking Dead comics, March to War will feature rich 3D graphics unlike anything seen in other The Walking Dead or strategy mobile games."

Skybound Interactive president Dan Murray added: "Disruptor Beam's ability to marry innovative gameplay mechanics with deep storytelling elements based on popular franchises like The Walking Dead is one of the many reasons we're excited to be working together."

Disruptor Beam director of product and design Joey Lapegna went on to say March to War represents a "new kind of Walking Dead mobile game." He called out its "immersive 3D graphics" and the title's focus on multiplayer.

"The alliances players form and the enemies they make will define their story, and dictate whether they will succeed or fail--an experience that we hope will feel very familiar to any Walking Dead fan," he said.

As stated, March to War is not the first Walking Dead mobile game. It follows The Walking Dead: No Man's Land, which was made by Next Games in partnership with AMC and came out last September.

If mobile games aren't your thing, Telltale's acclaimed Walking Dead adventure series returns for a third season this November.

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