7 Days to Die announces new console edition with spooky live action trailer – troveshop.net

Well. I wasn’t sure what Telltale was teasing with its cryptic messages on Twitter, but I didn’t expect to roll into work today to a live-action trailer for The Fun Pimps’ 7 Days to Die.

The market is pretty well oversaturated with zombie survival games but 7 Days to Die still manages to be pretty satisfying at everything it says on the tin: it’s a survival, (zombie) horde, and crafting game, in which players fend for themselves in a randomly generated stretch of post-apocalyptic Arizona. By day, the zombies are slow, lurching Romero type zombies who may sneak up on you while you forage or mine for resources; by night, they become souped-up, sprinting rage zombies who will try to tear through your defenses — before tearing through your flesh as well.

In short, it’s got something for everyone.

Successfully funded through Kickstarter in 2013, 7 Days to Die has proven a popular Let’s Play and streaming option since virtually the day its first alpha version hit the web, and its official website boasts over 1.5 million copies have been sold to date. Its voxel-based graphics won’t win any awards, but that’s hardly the point — like Minecraft, Terraria, and other survival/crafting games, it’s all about the fun of exploring and mastering your environment.

Now, thanks to Telltale Games, the independent developer/publisher behind the critically and commercially successful The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands games, 7 Days to Die is headed to consoles. The company announced this morning that it is shooting for a June launch on both Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

7 Days to Die is a labor of love for our small group of games industry veterans,” Richard Heunink, co-founder of The Fun Pimps, says in a statement. The studio is working with Iron Galaxy (Divekick), which has collaborated with a number of companies to port games onto new platforms. “We’re very excited that Telltale brought us together with the folks at Iron Galaxy… [O]ur partners at Telltale Publishing are enabling us to get the game in front of new survivors across the globe.”

It sounds like a good time to be Telltale, honestly. The studio has made a name for itself as producers of well-written, episodic titles expanding on the story universes for everything from Minecraft to Game of Thrones. Where many game developers would be happy to break away from licensed games to develop their own, original stories, Telltale is openly quite content with the niche that it has cornered. In addition to the upcoming new seasons for some of its existing titles, the company is on track to produce games for both Marvel and DC superhero franchises by 2017. With the success of its in-house games, we can probably expect them to publish more indies like 7 Days to Die as well.

Kris Ligman is the News Editor for ZAM, and deserves a cookie for getting all the way through this without comparing the above trailer to that one movie with Leo DiCaprio versus a bear. Oops, nevermind. Yell at them on Twitter @KrisLigman.

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