‘The Walking Dead’ Will Come to Life as Virtual Reality Games

Zombies should be pretty scary in immersive VR

Skybound Entertainment and Skydance Interactive are turning AMC ratings monster “The Walking Dead” into a series of virtual reality games, the companies announced Wednesday at the E3 convention in Los Angeles.

The first game in their multi-title partnership will be called “The Walking Dead,” but it will have a brand new cast of characters and location. Conceptual art from the VR game is shown above.

“The Walking Dead,” consistently one of the top-rated shows on cable, will return for its eighth season in October. The show follows a group of survivors in post-apocalyptic America who battle to survive in a world of zombies and rival groups of survivors.

Skybound, founded by “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, produces “The Walking Dead” and its spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead,” among other projects in film, TV, digital content, comics and live events. The company recently launched a VR game, ‘Giant Cop: Justice Above All,” with partner Other Ocean, while Skydance Interactive’s first VR game, “Archangel,” hits consoles next month.

“Skydance’s ability to build worlds and tell compelling stories matches with our goal to bring ‘The Walking Dead’ fans new narratives and ways to engage with the world Robert Kirkman created, while staying true to his original vision,” Skybound Entertainment CEO David Alpert and Skybound Entertainment Managing Partner Jon Goldman said in a statement. “Skydance Interactive is the ideal partner for the team Dan Murray has created for Skybound Interactive.”

“‘The Walking Dead’ is an iconic phenomenon and it is absolutely thrilling to work with Skybound to bring its incredibly diverse cast of characters, settings, and storylines together into a complete VR game package,” Skydance Media Chief Executive Officer David Ellison and President and Chief Operating Officer Jesse Sisgold said in the statement. “Our goal at Skydance Interactive is to honor the visceral world that Kirkman has created while giving ‘The Walking Dead’s’ fans something to really sink their teeth into with robust games that take the franchise to a completely new level.”