The Next Walking Dead Game Is a Crossover With… Bridge Constructor? – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Gamescom featured the announcement of a new Walking Dead game that is not at all what fans expected from the popular franchise.

Gamescom had its share of trailers and gameplay exhibitions, ranging from a cinematic trailerfor the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to new footage of the upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusive Ratchet& Clank:Rift Apart.However, one of the most surprising announcements came in the form of a reveal for the newest entry in the Bridge Constructor series, a collaboration with the incredibly popular The Walking Dead franchise.

A particularly niche physics-based puzzle game, the series shifts settingswith each entryin titles like Bridge Constructor Playground and Bridge Constructor Medieval, but The Walking Dead isn't the first beloved property it's collaborated with.Bridge Constructor Portal, a game set in world ofthe popular Valve titlethatincluded aspectsofPortal's gameplayincluding fan-favorite character GLaDOS, released in 2017. But the franchise's past collaborations, doesn't make its most recent endeavor any less strange.

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While Portal is a calm puzzle series that fits into the genre and nichesofBridge Constructor, The Walking Dead is the exact opposite.A post-apocalyptic world that tells harrowing stories about the horrors of the undead and the living is a series that few would imagine as their first choice for a Bridge Constructor setting. While The Walking Dead does have aspects of infrastructure building, as the countless settlements trying to rebuild the remains of human society, it's never exactly been the focus. Rather, the series has almost always been action based, choosing to focus on the tension and gritty realism that stems from its characters surviving in their harsh world.

Looking at past Walking Dead gamescauses thischoice in crossover to make even less sense. The last successful games withinthis universe were the episodic chapters of Telltale Games'The Walking Dead, which received both critical and fan acclaim upon release. While the games also didn't focus on action,they were story based with memorable charactersand a well-developedplot. The warm reception to theTelltale series indicates that the main draw for players to the world of The Walking Dead isn't its zombies or aesthetic, but the compelling stories it is capable of telling.

With Telltale Games' shutdown following the completion ofits fourth season of The Walking Dead, it wasn't clear what the next Walking Dead game would be. And while the Bridge Constructor crossover isn't the only game coming, The Walking Dead Onslaught is a VR game, limiting its audience. While there's nothing inherently wrong with a Walking Dead and Bridge Constructor collaboration, it's an odd choice considering that itis destined to lack whatmade the most successful Walking Dead games so great.

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