The Walking Dead has captivated audiences through its graphic novels and its hit television show on AMC, and now it’s getting its own video game.  Gamers will get the opportunity to test their survival skills alongside iconic characters from the series.

The game is single-player and episodic in nature, with five episodes having already been planned. After the game’s initial release, subsequent episodes are planned to be released monthly thereafter. Gameplay revolves around making decisions which impact the direction. Straying from the two previous incarnations from this series, gamers will not take control of Rick Grimes. The creators, seeking a different angle on the world they created, have planned for users to solely play as a character named Lee Everett, who is described as “a man convicted of a crime, but who is offered a chance at redemption…albeit in a world overtaken by walkers“.

Situations from the comic and television show are referenced however, and will be part of the episodes:

Our first episode takes place at the outset of the zombie apocalypse when Rick Grimes is still in a coma” … “You’ll learn about characters and events that have an impact on events seen in the comics. For example, how did Hershel’s son Shawn end up in the barn? Find out in the game

This game also strays from the typical genre.

For the first time, the decisions that the player makes will drive a “tailored” game-play experience. A decision that you make or something that you say will have repercussions not only in the episode that you’re playing, but also in future episodes of the game. Decisions will range from relatively innocuous (do I lie here and if so, how should I lie?) though to world-changing (I can only save one person here, who will it be?). Furthermore, you’ll come under pressure to make decisions quickly. You won’t be able to stand around deciding which option to choose during a conversation. The undead won’t stand by and politely let you figure out your next move

The look of the game was “inspired by the work of Charlie Adlard, artist for the comic books“, which fans will certainly note below.

Recently a trailer for the game was released featuring a look at the gameplay:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYbZqi5mBhU

The release date for The Walking Dead is being listed as April 2012, and will be released digitally through the respective online stores on the PS3 and XBox 360 consoles. The game has been rated M for Mature and a version for the Wii does not appear to be in the works.

More details as they surface.