Activision has confirmed a March release date for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, as well as a Wii U version of the Terminal Reality developed first-person shooter.
Previously announced for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC (digital-only), the game will now also launch on Wii U on March 26 in the US and three days later in Europe.
Based on AMC's popular The Walking Dead TV show, the title sees players take on the role of Daryl Dixon as he and his brother Merle attempt to survive the initial outbreak of undead.
The Wii U version will include a backpack-style interface on the GamePad screen similar to that featured in ZombiU, effects artist Glenn Gamble told Eurogamer.
"Where you've got different resources, you only have so much room in your backpack,” he said. “Your backpack is represented by the screen, so you have access to it at all times.
"So instead of hitting another screen to get your backpack you can literally just touch the item and go or flip it out to drop it. It streamlines the user interface."
While it might not be top of many Wii U owners’ wishlists, the game’s announcement for the platform is a ray of good news during a week in which it was confirmed that Crysis 3 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 won’t be released on the platform.
Terminal Reality’s Gamble also suggested that consumers shouldn’t judge the game based on the underwhelming, fan-made compilation of footage that hit the net earlier this month.
"It's old footage. That's the short answer of it,” he said. “"It caught us off guard. It was a fan trailer cut together from another interview I had done.
“The game looks incredible,” he insisted. “It was old footage. It's what we had at the time. We've made big strides since then.”
Activision chose not to release The Walking Dead gameplay footage to coincide with a fresh round of press previews that went live today. Instead, it sent over the five new screenshots you can see at the top of this page.
For our early impressions of the game, check out this Walking Dead: Survival Instinct preview published last month.