Hopefully, zombie fans still love The Walking Dead as not one but two virtual reality (VR) titles are coming soon. Survios is currently working on The Walking Dead Onslaught while Skydance Interactive is currently producing The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. The latter received updated details last month and today the studio has released a behind-the-scenes video showcasing the setting, New Orleans.
The video is the first in a series detailing development on The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, with the team keen to discuss to richness and attention to the finer details. Featuring a unique story set in The Walking Dead universe, New Orleans is a cityscape in turmoil, not only from the walkers but the living inhabitants as well.
Skydance Interactive’s Art Director Jake Geiger mentions that the environment artists were encouraged to make sure each room told a story, rather than being some generic space filled with rubbish. So as you step into each location there will be hints at its previous existence, a child’s bedroom with hand-drawn pictures on the wall or a home which was broken into.
These environments cover a wide degree of everyday locations that you would expect to see trying to survive in a city. From wandering around the suburbs to schools, cemeteries and stores, each has been designed to perfectly echo the look and feel of the American south.
Just like the TV show it’s based on, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a fight for survival, where players have to deal with the constant threats of violence, disease, and famine. Each decision is as crucial as the last, deciding who lives and who dies, whether to protect friends as well as foes. Not every enemy is a walker. And as some of the images release showcase, that combat is going to be brutal, with plenty of melee action.
Skydance Interactive has yet to confirm which headsets The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners will be coming to and whether it’ll be a purely single-player experience or have a co-op option. One piece of information has been confirmed and that’s the launch date, coming 23rd January 2020. VRFocus will continue its coverage of The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners reporting back with further progress updates.