Many non-sport card collectors will be familiar with Mantic Games from their Mars Attacks – The Miniatures Game Kickstarter, which raised a half-million dollars in late 2013. The company has just announced it has entered into a licensing partnership with Skybound Entertainment for the worldwide rights to produce miniatures games set in The Walking Dead comic book universe.
Gamers will have to show a bit a patience as the first release is expected in late 2016. The miniatures game will be a tactical, two-player game set in the walker-strewn Atlanta cityscape with each player controlling a small band of human survivors vying to achieve dominance. It can also be played solo thanks to an AI system developed specifically for this game to ensure walker behavior is “menacingly authentic.” Mantic hopes to recreate the desperate struggle for survival that makes The Walking Dead series so popular.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Mantic,” said Robert Kirkman, CEO of Skybound. “This game will introduce our fans to a whole new way of experiencing the world of The Walking Dead.” Mantic’s CEO Ronnie Renton said [the miniatures game] “will provides a deep well of exciting content around which to design immersive, fast-paced games which will let players step into the roles of key characters from their favorite comic book.”
The core game will feature Rick, Carl and other heroes and villains ripped straight from the pages of the hit comic book, plus a host of walkers, a selection of scenarios and everything else needed to play. A series of expansions are scheduled for release in the months following the launch, introducing additional fan-favorite characters such as Shane, Michonne and Glenn. Mantic expects to market the initial release at a SRP of $50/£35.