Walking Dead shooter aiming for Wii U

Activision confirms Survival Instincts game based on AMC TV show coming to Nintendo's new system in March using GamePad to manage inventory.


The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts is aiming for release on Wii U. Producer Glenn Gamble confirmed with Digital Spy that the zombie shooter is in development for Nintendo's first high-definition console, though it was not always in the cards.

Image credit: Digital Spy
Image credit: Digital Spy

"We were over halfway through the project when the Wii U thing started coming about," Gamble said. "We didn't want to change the game, because the game had already been established, so we tried to say, 'What can we augment with the Wii U version?'"

Gamble further explained that the Wii U GamePad will be used in Survival Instincts as a "more elegant" inventory management system.

"With the Wii U you have access to your backpack at all times, so you can tap what weapons you want, you can drop stuff," he said. "It's a lot more streamlined."

In addition to confirming a Wii U version of Survival Instincts, it was also announced today that the game will arrive on store shelves in the United Kingdom Friday, March 29. Games typically release the Tuesday before in the United States, meaning Survival Instincts is expected to arrive stateside on March 26.

Survival Instincts was announced in July 2012 and is based on AMC's The Walking Dead TV series. It will be set in rural Georgia and focus on brothers Daryl and Merle Dixon. Players will be able to choose whether to confront the undead head-on or attempt to avoid detection.

The game is also currently in development for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC (digital-only) at Terminal Reality. That studio's previous credits include Atari's Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as well as Majesco's BloodRayne and BloodRayne 2. The company's most recent release was Kinect Star Wars.

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