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Mobile game based on 'The Walking Dead' TV show coming soon

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A mobile game based on AMC's phenomenally popular The Walking Dead television series is in development at Finnish studio Next Games, the companies announced today.

Helsinki-based Next Games was founded in 2013 by former employees of Rovio Entertainment, Supercell and Disney Interactive. The studio's game is untitled and details are scarce, but it is scheduled to be released alongside the beginning of The Walking Dead's fifth season. AMC has yet to set an opening date for season five, but the show's first four seasons all premiered in October.

"Our take on the undead survival franchise will match the against-all-odds action and moment-to-moment tension of the TV series. We want to find that sweet spot where gameplay and narrative inform and reinforce one another," said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO at Next Games, in a press release today. "I can confidently state it's unlike anything we've seen from The Walking Dead franchise on home or mobile gaming hardware before."

"We chose to team up with Next Games because of their outstanding creative and technical talent, as well as a willingness to re-imagine the unique and compelling world of The Walking Dead, which has built a significant and passionate global fan community," added AMC president Charlie Collier.

Next Games' Walking Dead title will be the first original mobile game for AMC's TV show, which is based on Robert Kirkman's graphic novel series of the same name. Last year, Activision released The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, a first-person shooter based on the TV series from now-defunct studio Terminal Reality, on consoles and Windows PC. This week, Telltale Games launched episode two of the second season of The Walking Dead, the studio's beloved episodic series of adventure games.

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