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Activision has confirmed a March release date for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, as well as a Wii U version of the Terminal Reality developed first-person shooter.

Previously announced for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC (digital-only), the game will now also launch on Wii U on March 26 in the US and three days later in Europe.

Based on AMC's popular The Walking Dead TV show, the title sees players take on the role of Daryl Dixon as he and his brother Merle attempt to survive the initial outbreak of undead.

The Wii U version will include a backpack-style interface on the GamePad screen similar to that featured in ZombiU, effects artist Glenn Gamble told Eurogamer.

"Where you've got different resources, you only have so much room in your backpack,” he said. “Your backpack is represented by the screen, so you have access to it at all times.

"So instead of hitting another screen to get your backpack you can literally just touch the item and go or flip it out to drop it. It streamlines the user interface."

While it might not be top of many Wii U owners’ wishlists, the game’s announcement for the platform is a ray of good news during a week in which it was confirmed that Crysis 3 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 won’t be released on the platform.

Terminal Reality’s Gamble also suggested that consumers shouldn’t judge the game based on the underwhelming, fan-made compilation of footage that hit the net earlier this month.

"It's old footage. That's the short answer of it,” he said. “"It caught us off guard. It was a fan trailer cut together from another interview I had done.

“The game looks incredible,” he insisted. “It was old footage. It's what we had at the time. We've made big strides since then.”

Activision chose not to release The Walking Dead gameplay footage to coincide with a fresh round of press previews that went live today. Instead, it sent over the five new screenshots you can see at the top of this page.

For our early impressions of the game, check out this Walking Dead: Survival Instinct preview published last month.

13 comments

  • CombatWombat101 - January 13, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    Holy hell, that screenshot with Merle looks like shit. But, you know, they've totally made big strides since that "old footage" was released.
  • hppop1 - January 12, 2013 4:27 a.m.

    march? they probably won't do as good as ZombiiU the only thing that will sell here is the name of this game. oh man I remember Battleship the video game it's a stupid FPS aahahahaahahhahaha
  • TanookiMan - January 11, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    I wonder if the the FPS is really bad, if it could weaken the Walking Dead brand enough to impact sales of Tell Tale WD games.... that would be a shame.
  • ventanger - January 11, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    By March? Uhh not all that concerned. I'm not counting out this game being good (great, certainly not), though I am a little irritated by them saying "Oh yeah, that old gameplay footage is totally not how the game looks now. Wait, you want to see new footage? Psh hell no, just trust me, it's better now." Ummm... No thanks.
  • Tranquilbez34 - January 10, 2013 10:05 p.m.

    Why would Activision even both... oh right money reasons But seriously though, they should of let Tell Tale keep The Walking Dead Licence but Terminal Reality is kinda great with their licenced games ( I say kinda because they made the Kinect Star Wars and '09 Ghostbusters Game)
  • Tranquilbez34 - January 10, 2013 10:08 p.m.

    I take what I said back about Licences. I didn't know Telltale had the Comic Book Licence and Activision had the TV Show Licence. Glad I pointed out my mistake before someone else does :S
  • BladedFalcon - January 10, 2013 5:09 p.m.

    Here's hoping releasing this piece of turd in that date will help it sell even less. Seriously, this looks so dismal, that it didn't even appear on the recently posted GR's Top 100 most anticipated games of 2013, and that list features games that haven't even been announced yet!
  • ParagonT - January 10, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    When they will not show new footage to stomp out the "old footage" that apparently "doesn't show the games true strides:, then you can clearly say that they either missed a big opportunity, are not confident in the game itself, or both.
  • Redeater - January 10, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    I love how they are explaining the touchscreen with phrases like "streamlines the interface". Zombie U already did this at launch.
  • ni9h7andd4v3 - January 10, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Do they think that just because "The Walking Dead" is in the title, that they could even compete with Bioshock Infinite? This game will fail drastically. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel out-sold this cheap excuse for a game. They could've at least put more time into this title, you know, to make it worth playing. The TellTale Game was great, but this, simply put, won't be...
  • Tjwoods18 - January 10, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    I don't know, I expected more from a studio backed by a major publisher. Tell Tales game looks better than this.
  • bamit11 - January 10, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    It doesn't matter. because they sent the game to die when they decided to release it the same day as Bioshock: Infinite.
  • Pwnage19 - January 10, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    To a casual gamer, this will draw far more attention. Everyone has heard of The Walking Dead. The same can't be said for Bioshock. Bioshock will sell more (because of the strong hardcore backing), but I wouldn't be surprised to see this game do decently well. In the end, it's all about marketing (which includes the title of the game).

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