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Sorry Australia, You're Not Getting The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

Posted by Damien McFerran

Demand isn't there, apparently

Activision is launching The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct on the Wii U next month in North America and Europe, but sadly fans of the hit TV series who happen to live Down Under will just have to sit it out — or contemplate importing a copy of the European version — because the game won't be getting a release in that part of the world.

Activision has confirmed the situation with Australian site Vooks after online listings for the game mysteriously vanished:

As with every game release, publishers decide which platforms to release based on customer demand. Unfortunately it wasn’t there for the Wii U SKU on The Walking Dead.

Any Aussies out there who were looking forward to playing the game? Let us know your feelings on this news.

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edhe said:

I've heard bad things about this. Almost like it was rushed together so that it can capitalise on the success of Telltale Games' adventure game The Walking Dead.

I won't be buying it.



Zach777 said:

Sorry Activision, I won't be getting The Walking Dead either. Is there really that high of a demand for this T.V. Game?



Peach64 said:

Yeah I worry a lot of people are going to buy this after hearing about how fantastic 'the walking dead game' is.



Chomposaur said:

If the UK/EU are getting it which are PAL formats cant the Australians import it ?



Geonjaha said:

@Zach777 - Considering it's The Walking Dead, yes, yes there is. Although this game is nowhere near as good as the Telltale one, so Australia shouldn't be so disappointed.



Lyndexer said:

It's not worth the purchase. They already have it on the Apple and other Game consoles. Heck, it's free on the Apple store. And the fact most of the consumers are about 7-16. If they're smart, they know it's not worthy to buy. As well, people were getting this on Xbox 360. Activision, just stop. Go back to CoD and throw zombies in if you want. Nintendo fans are not interested in this TV gaming non-sense.



Undead_terror said:

Playing black ops zombies with the crossbow always reminds me of the hillbilly guy in the picture above.
Money issues is always the problem, but it's not like the game is gonna be good.



Peach64 said:

@Nano Woah, hold on there. Are you talking about the Telltale game? Because that was one of the best and most refreshing games in years. A true mature title, as in an intelligent story and deep characters as opposed to the blood and guts sort of mature. It couldn't be further from a COD game.



DRL said:

The in-game footage shown on Up At Noon a few months back looked TERRIBLE. Be leery.



Furealz said:

Generic FPS from Activision...didn't they turd out 007 Legends for Wii U?



Lyndexer said:

@Peach64 No I am not. I am talking Walking Dead itself. In fact, I never even heard of Telltale. I have to check that out. For Wii U itself. As well, that's throwing words into my mouth. We honestly already have a Zombie game on Wii U. ZombiU.



MadJay1664 said:

Yeah ZombiU done it for me. It was in England, the graphics were good, the story was good and it felt pretty real, but I'll still have a look at this..



MadJay1664 said:

Bit stupid that it's not going to Australia. Unless there is a high risk of selling at a loss?



Peach64 said:

@Nano The Walking Dead that is already out on IOS and other consoles is an adventure game by Telltale who are former Lucasarts employees that made great point and click games like Monkey Island and Sam and Max. Their Walking Dead game picked up many game of the year awards and is nothing at all like ZombiU. It's up there with Goldeneye and Arkham Asylum as examples that licensed games can sometimes be really good.

This Activision Walking Dead game does look like garbage however.



Ichiban said:

I was in eb games today & mentioned this to the staff. I was told that the game hadn't been announced for Wii U. Yet above my head was a poster of Wii U games coming soon, & Walking Dead was one of them.....
It took a good 5 minutes of convincing them, so they looked it up on their system & could only find the telltale version. I was then told I was wrong again.
My brain is still sore from the utter stupidity....



MAB said:

Yeah the trailer looked like a PC game from the 90's... It won't be stealing the ZombiU crown that's for sure



XCWarrior said:

Australia is a better nation for not having to deal with this shovelware on their land. This thing has bad graphics for a Gamecube game. How rude of Activision of spending the 8 hours or so to make this filth and try to capitalize on a a great show. Anyone who buys this is wasting their money.



Lyndexer said:

@Peach64 Yeah, but this is like a re-make of the same game that didn't come out not so long ago. Legend of Zelda was an excuse and had a reason to a re-make. But, I don't really know any licensed games that were actually really good besides Goldeneye when it was released on N64.



Lyndexer said:

@XCWarrior "Australia is a better nation for not having to deal with this shovelware on their land. " Opinionated.

Some games have been released in Australia that weren't so great. :



Ichiban said:

Lego City is the game to get for Wii U in march anyhow. Seen the latest trailer? It looks insane!!!



XD375 said:

@Nano This isn't a remake, this is just a new game trying to steal some success from the good Walking Dead game.

I don't care for the comics or the TV show, but the Walking Dead game that's on other consoles was brilliant. This just looks like trash.



BenAV said:

I have now plans to buy this, but if I did want it I would happily just import a copy from the UK.
Games not being released here isn't a big deal unless they're not being released in Europe either.



WiiLovePeace said:

No demand for this game in Australia?... I think they're right Or at least, I don't want the game haha.



Lyndexer said:

@MeowGravy Never implied you to speak about the main topic. Just stated you're off topic.
Who are you to tell me what I can say to you? o:



the_shpydar said:

I love how everyone is calling this a horrible game when not a single person has played it.
Also, this game is not trying to "cash in" on the Telltale game's success. It's trying to "cash in" on the tv show's success.



Zombie_Barioth said:

the_shpydar wrote:

Also, this game is not trying to "cash in" on the Telltale game's success. It's trying to "cash in" on the tv show's success.

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!

The only good thing I can say about this game so far is it doesn't sound like its following the show to a T like most other licensed games do, unless of course they happen to be making it based on the recent twist involving the Dixon brothers.



timp29 said:

You can't access this show easily on TV here, so how would there be demand anyway.



HawkeyeWii said:

The show is absolutely amazing!!! But this game looks slightly mediocre, I want the other Walking Dead game!



the_shpydar said:

Actually, i believe the game is supposed to be a prequel to the tv series, following the Dixon Brothers before they meet up with the group in Atlanta.

Though with the development in the mid-season premiere, i can't help but think that there was some coordination going on, story-wise, perhaps in an effort to sell the game.



Geonjaha said:

@the_shpydar - Nope. Actually it's trying to 'cash in' on both. There are hundreds of TV shows to make a game out of. The fact that one of the best games on PC last year came from The Walking Dead no doubt had some influence.

Also, first impressions count for a lot. But feel free to place your bets on this game being good.

@Zombie_Barioth - Yeah, that's half the reason the other Walking Dead game was so popular.



BanetheKira said:

@the_shpydar Correct! No way is this game trying to compete with CoD Zombies, hell, even ZombiU. It's to tell of how Daryl and Merle survived before the TV Show's events.



Bankai said:

that's what happens when Nintendo only sells a couple of hundred Wii Us in Australia.



Placlu said:

we didn't get the tell tale game either on steam.
is "australia dosen't get a game" really news anymore?



doctor_doak said:

This is what happened with 007 legends. I think Activision are smart enough to figure out we don't want their shovelware

re: Placlu. Walking Dead is definately on Steam in Aus. It's $25 USD for the series, but I don't think you can buy episodes individually.



KAHN said:

wow. that REALLY looks like trash. i mean that looks like something that could have been slapped together with the wii engine. whatever. i don't think this will do the characters (merle and daryl) justice. maybe it's just me, but the dialogue in that trailer doesn't at all sound like something the characters on the show would say. whatever. maybe the president of activision needs another yacht. new yachts cant buy themselves you know...
...but he made us all suffer...



Chomposaur said:

well from watching the video up there it looks like another run of the mill activision game awful graphics,poorly produced,rushed and a quick cash in on the immensely popular TV show ...

sigh ... why is it that activision do this with there games ? are they not proud of there products or do they not give a flying F*** about there products .. ?

is anyone willing to share there thoughts on how activision make there games



Chomposaur said:

@NintenU i do like zombie games .. but im going to wait for reviews or someone posts some gameplay before i even think on buying this .. lol



Ichiban said:

Actually,you did imply I was off topic (still to the general discussion), and I never said what you can or cant say to me. Go nuts for all I care! lol
kids these days!



Melbourne-gamer said:

I'm very annoyed that the walking dead isn't coming out in Australia, I was absolutely looking forward to playing it, but there's always a chance that down the track, they might still release it in Australia.
All those people who are saying the game is sh!t before even playing it, you shouldn't be judging a game before until you've played it, and I might add that Activision make fantastic games, half my collection on Wii U are from Activision.

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