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‘The Walking Dead’ TV show gets VR treatment

MUMBAI: Skybound Entertainment, the creator-focused multiplatform entertainment company founded by TV show ‘The Walking Dead’ creator Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, has partnered with Skydance Interactive, a division of Skydance Media, to develop a number of original virtual reality video games based on the TV show.

‘The Walking Dead’ VR game will be the inaugural co-developed title from both companies.

In a multi-year strategy, the two companies are collaborating to produce an unparalleled gaming experience that will offer millions of fans and gamers the opportunity to engage, interact, and immerse into the post-apocalyptic world of ‘The Walking Dead’ and its characters in virtual reality. The first game will feature an entirely new setting and cast of characters, which players will experience through an innovative contextual interaction system – a first-of-its-kind for ‘The Walking Dead’ in VR.

“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. Skydance Interactive is the ideal partner for the team Dan Murray has created for Skybound Interactive,” said Skybound Entertainment CEO David Alpert and Skybound Entertainment managing partner Jon Goldman in a joint statement.

” ‘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. Our goal at Skydance Interactive is to honour 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,” said Skydance Media CEO David Ellison, president, COO Jesse Sisgold.