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Overkill's The Walking Dead trailer introduces grandfather with a gun

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A new cinematic for Overkill's The Walking Dead introduces the game's third survivor, Grant, a kindly grandfather-type with a penchant for storytelling who appears to be on a quest to reconnect with his granddaughter. You will no doubt be shocked—shocked—to hear that it is absolutely bleak as hell. 

Grant's trailer is an interesting contrast to the previous two. Aidan appears to almost relish his newfound freedom to bash skulls, while Maya is clearly still in a state of shock when we encounter her. Grant is all business: Indulging in a brief respite from the grim business of getting where he's going, but otherwise unfazed by the horrors around him. He's clearly a man with a job to do, and he's going to do it.

It's a cinematic trailer and so how (or even if) that translates into gameplay is an open question. Overkill's The Walking Dead is a "four player co-op action FPS" which sounds a lot like the Left 4 Dead games, and it's fair to say that meaningful characterization wasn't central to that experience. L4D is a fun shooter, but given the choice I'd rather dive into something a little more varied and narrative-focused.

Barring further delays (remember, Overkill's The Walking Dead was originally expected in 2016), we'll see what it's all about this fall. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.