What you need to know

  • The Walking Dead is an incredibly popular graphic novel and show franchise.
  • It's getting a VR game called The Walking Dead: Onslaught from Survios.
  • The physics system allows you to slice off limbs and do much more.
  • The game is expected to launch in 2020 as it was delayed in November 2019.

Updated November 15, 2019: Developer Survios has delayed the game to 2020.

The Walking Dead is an incredibly popular franchise, and AMC wants to provide new experiences to fans around the world. We've seen a lot of The Walking Dead games lately from Overkill and Telltale Games, but Survios is also developing a title for virtual reality headsets. According to AMC And Survios, "Fight your fears head-on and step into the apocalyptic world... the show's official VR game, The Walking Dead: Onslaught." You may recognize Survios from experiences like Creed: Rise to Glory and Raw Data.

The Walking Dead: Onslaught allows players to assume the roles of their favorite survivors from the show, struggling against the relentless "walker" threat and the horrors of the post-apocalyptic world. Survios added that the game features an exclusive original story, visceral real-motion melee and ranged combat, player progression, and a proper campaign mode. Luckily, the wait won't be too long because The Walking Dead: Onslaught launches this fall in arcades and across retail platforms. It's unclear if that includes standalone devices like the Oculus Quest.

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Survios head Mike McTyre said the following about The Walking Dead: Onslaught. It seems that the studio is excited to showcase its "progressive dismemberment technology" to the world.

Not only is The Walking Dead: Onslaught a dream opportunity for the megafans in the studio, but we've had the unique challenge to further evolve VR with our 'progressive dismemberment' technology. This is a standalone game experience featuring one of the most beloved TV IPs in the world. AMC is an incredible partner, encouraging us to push immersion to a new level that can only be experienced in VR with The Walking Dead.

Progressive dismemberment technology allows you to slice off limbs – and heads – with various moves. Some of the main features behind this gameplay mechanic are listed below.

  • Delimbing: Walker limbs are vulnerable for removal at many joints, including arms, legs, and necks. Expect a lot of flying heads.
  • Carving: Proprietary "gore mesh" creates realistic wounds anywhere on a walker's body.
  • Impaling: Enemies can be impaled and react where they're stabbed.
  • Context Physics: Slicing through enemies can make your weapon get stuck, and there's resistance when pulling out weapons.
  • Restraint System: Walkers can also be pushed and thrown at each other, or grabbed for certain attack or defense techniques.

Are you excited about The Walking Dead: Onslaught? What do you want out of the experience? Let us know.

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