Xbox One’s The Escapists: The Walking Dead offers a new take on the popular franchise

Team 17 Digital’s much-hyped, The Escapists: The Walking Dead, is now out on the Xbox One. Conveniently released during the hype surrounding the new hit drama, Fear the Walking Dead, and just a week or so away from the sixth season premiere of The Walking Dead, The Escapists: The Walking Dead explores the post-apocalyptic world of the show and comic book but through the stylized look of the strategy game, The Escapists.

While the original Escapists game tasked the player with co-ordinating an escape from a prison, The Escapists: The Walking Dead, on the other hand, puts the player in the role of Rick, who must protect popular characters, Maggie, Hershel, Glenn, and Michonne from the numerous challenges the world presents while progressing through the series’ storyline which takes place in locations such as Harrison Memorial Hospital, the farm, and Woodbury.

Here’s the official description:

Merging the award-winning, smash-hit, indie game The Escapists with the worldwide phenomenon that is The Walking Dead, comes The Escapists: The Walking Dead. In this unique game, recreated entirely in the charming 8-bit pixel art style of The Escapists, you play as Rick Grimes as he takes on hordes of zombies let loose upon the world. Rick is in charge of a band of survivors featuring many of the original comic book cast, including Maggie, Hershel, Glenn and Michonne. Rick must secure the safety of the group by seeking out a safe escape route from each area, and manage several dangerous tasks to keep as many of the group alive as possible. The game faithfully matches the timeline of the comics, meaning Rick must first fight his way out of the Harrison Memorial Hospital, visit the Greene family farm before visiting destinations such as the Meirwether Correctional Facility and Woodbury. Protect the living and escape the dead as you play through the award-winning comic’s epic story.

There’s a fair bit of The Walking Dead content on the Xbox One now. Telltale’s The Walking Dead The Complete First Season was just announced as a free Games with Gold game for the month of October and the second season is still available for purchase in the store. There’s also Zen Pinball’s The Walking Dead pinball table for some more casual fun, and episodes of The Walking Dead are available for digital purchase through the newly revamped Movies & TV Xbox One app.

Are you a fan of The Walking Dead? What sort of content would you like to see come to the Xbox One in the near future? Maybe a special The Walking Dead Xbox One console? Let us know your suggestions in the comments below.

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