The Summer of 2016 was notable for everyone's faces being glued to the screens of their smart phones...well, more than usual anyway. That was because Pokemon Go had just been introduced and was the hottest app in the world, allowing players of the Nintendo pocket monster franchise to finally realize their lifelong dream of becoming a Pokemon master. Alas, the craze burnt out quicker than it came and Pokemon GO is no longer in fashion the way it once was during that glorious summer. The fervor hasn't been forgotten, though, as one gaming company is setting its ambitious sights on capturing the same lightning in a bottle, reported Reuters today.
That would be Next Games, the Finland-based game studio behind The Walking Dead: No Man's Land, which, if you've ever watched an AMC show online the day after it's aired, you've seen a million ads for during the streaming commerical breaks. The game itself has gained 16 million players since its inception, according to the Next Games website, which calls No Man's Land "An unparalleled experience inside the world of this thrilling series with cinematic graphics, intense turn-based combat, intuitive touchscreen gameplay and unique connections to its story." It's also updated to reflect the show, with new missions being added in honor of Season 8.
The company is now on the cusp of releasing a new augemented reality game based on the show, Walking Dead: Our World in 2018. Here's the official description from Next Games:
"The Walking Dead: Our World, first-of-a-kind location based augmented reality mobile game will hit Apple App Store and Google Play soon. Fight walkers on the streets, in the park, on your sofa, wherever and whenever you feel like it. You don’t need to face the apocalypse alone; Rick, Daryl, Michonne and all your favorite characters from AMC’s The Walking Dead will fight by your side."
Just like you are able to capture certain Pokemon in different environments all over the world, you'll be able to fight zombies in real-world locations. The title "Our World" seems like a reference to the fact that the earth belongs to the humans, not the zombies and it's up to us, the players, to reclaim our world by eradicating as many zombies as we can.
You can watch the trailer from August below.
Certain regions will be selected for testing the app this January with a wider release later in the year, said the Reuters report. From the description alone, it seems like this will definitely be a unique game that can be accessible to fans and non-fans alike. For example, show us one person who doesn't like killing zombies, Nazi or otherwise, in games like Call of Duty and Dead Rising and we'll drink a Starbucks Zombie Frappuccino until we get brain freeze. Bring that satisfying, undead killing spree into the real world and you just might have another trend on your hands, even in the non-Halloween season.
No doubt people will look like zombies while walking around and playing the game. Just do us a favor and make sure to look up from your phone every once in a while, okay?