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The Escapists The Walking Dead Infects The 8-Bit Indie Hit With The Zombie Plague

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Oh the humanity, is there anything the zombie hordes won’t consume? Let’s hope not, because the newest Walking Dead indie collaboration with Team17 sounds like my kind of apocalypse. The Escapists is an indie title I never reviewed for DreadCentral, as apparently the metal degradation and physical abuse inflicted upon people being treated like caged animals isn’t “real horror”. That, and The Escapists was a cartoony 8-bit rpg that treated murder and smuggling contraband like fun little side quests in the greater stats grind. It was an incredibly well received game that I personally enjoyed for a few hours before I realized it was way too much work for a game I wasn’t being paid to review. If only it had zombies, I could pull a Goat Simulator and figure out a way to get paid for it. Well look at that, a press release from Team17! I wonder what it says…

From the Official Press Release:

“Team17 have today unveiled that they are developing and publishing The Escapists The Walking Dead, a new game in collaboration with Skybound Entertainment.

Merging the award-winning, smash-hit, indie game The Escapists with the worldwide phenomenon that is The Walking Dead, Team17 have taken the very best of both worlds and are now providing players with the opportunity to play Rick Grimes as he takes on hordes of zombies let loose upon the world.

In this unique game, recreated entirely in the charming 8-bit pixel art style of The Escapists, Rick is in charge of a band of survivors featuring many of the original comic book cast. He 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. As the player progresses through the game, they play through locations that mirror those in the award-winning comic’s epic story.

Daniel Murray, President at Skybound Entertainment, said, “Team17 presented a creative plan to blend The Walking Dead into The Escapists, and our response was simple. When do we get started? The Escapists is a charming example of a single creator’s vision come to life. We are excited to offer fans of The Walking Dead something different, and The Escapists The Walking Dead is just that: a playful interpretation that we believe fans of great games in general will love.”

Debbie Bestwick, Team17’s Managing Director, added, “With well over 600,000 units sold, the award-winning The Escapists is one of the hit indie titles of 2015. Masterminding your escape from prison is hard enough, but how can we make it harder? Zombies. Remember poor Rick Grimes trying to escape hospital, organise life at a farm, or hold up in an abandoned prison? A little bit of awesome 8-bit pixel love later, and BOOM! It is great to partner with Skybound and The Walking Dead, and we are really excited to ‘escapify’ the amazing, rich, and sinister world of Robert Kirkman.”

Team17 will be globally debuting the game at the Walker Stalker Fan Fest in Petco Park, San Diego, California during the 10th and 11th July.

Attendees, roamers and fans will be able to get exclusive first hands-on playable with Rick Grimes in the Harrison Memorial Hospital level.

The Escapists The Walking Dead is scheduled for a 2015 release on Xbox One and PC.”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the title, crafting, item management, time management, and stats grind/management all come together to make a fun and challenging light-hearted RPG. While I’m sure The Walking Dead twist will make it bloodier and with more combat, don’t expect this to be a dark and gritty endeavor like Telltale’s adventure take. The mechanics offer really great groundwork for a thoughtful zombie survival game, something The Walking Dead is practically eponymous for. If you are going to the pre-Comic Con Walker Stalker Fan Fest at Petco Park (and who isn’t), be sure to stop by the Team17 station and get some hands on time.

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UK Readers: Win a Copy of WINCHESTER on DVD

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With Winchester heading to DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on May 28, we’ve giving three lucky readers a chance to win a copy of the supernatural horror film on DVD. For your chance to win, you’ll need to answer the following question correctly.

How many years did it take to build the Winchester house?

A. 38 years
B. 12 years
C. 100 years

Email your answer to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “Winchester Competition” in your subject line, and we’ll take care of the rest. The competition closes on May 28, and please don’t enter if you live outside the UK.

Winchester was directed by the Spierig Brothers, and was co-distributed by Lionsgate and CBS Films. It stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren alongside Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey, and Angus Sampson.

Winchester Official Synopsis
On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), the eccentric firearm heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, it is a house that knows no end.

Renowned for its enormous size, its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan, the Winchester house was constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades. It stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms with numerous oddities. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.

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Los Angeles Readers: Win Tickets to UPGRADE’s LA Premiere With Leigh Whannel in Attendance!

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Hey Los Angeles readers! We’ve got a pretty amazing contest available for you as we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to a random select few of you so that you can see the film at its premiere where writer/director Leigh Whannell and stars Logan Marshall-Green and Betty Gabriel will be in attendance! The event will be held at the Egyptian Theater the evening of May 30. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below!

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus, The Invitation) and Betty Gabriel (Get Out). The film is released through BH Tilt.

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AHS 8 Will Be More Like ASYLUM and COVEN

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News has been steadily coming in regarding the upcoming 8th season of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series American Horror Story. It was just the other day that we let you guys know that Billie Lourd will be back for the new season, which begins shooting this June.

And today we have word via Deadline regarding just what the tone will be for this new season, rumored to be titled AHS: Radioactive.

It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season,” Murphy said. “We’re sort of getting back to Asylum and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”

Personally, I really enjoyed the grounded tone of AHS: Cult and I think it helped rejuvenate the series. But then again, a return to the tone of perhaps the show’s most beloved season (AHS: Asylum) is just what the series needs in the long run.

Are you excited to hear AHS 8 will be going back to the tone of Asylum and Coven? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

AHS Season 8 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother. Murphy has revealed he’s interested in casting Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family) as well.

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