Fango got the scoop yesterday that Groove Games has made an agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to release LAND OF THE DEAD: ROAD TO FIDDLER’S GREEN, an interactive game for the PC and Xbox, in October. Based on this year’s George A. Romero film and developed by Brainbox Games, this first-person shooter will feature over 20 levels of splattery play, revolving around the following story: “A gruesome plague breaks out and mobs of bloody corpses invade the tri-state area, killing people at random. You play Jack, a trouble-free farmer who must rise beyond fear, and battle your way through hordes of terrifying undead who are bent on spreading the zombie plague.
“You hear reports over the shortwave radio that a Mr. Kaufman has established a safe zone within a walled city and is inviting survivors to join him in his new ‘City of the Living,’ ” the synopsis continues. “Along with Otis, another survivor, you fight off the mindless corpses, desperately hoping to escape their disgusting clutches and make it to Mr. Kaufman’s protective cocoon. Upon arriving, Mr. Kaufman offers you a special job, with an equally special reward—in exchange for clearing out the remaining undead from ‘Fiddler’s Green,’ Mr. Kaufman will provide you with a penthouse suite in a luxury condominium and a lot of money. An offer too good to turn down for our simple Jack, but will he live long enough to reap the rewards?”
“George A. Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD is a new classic in the zombie film genre, and Groove Games is excited to bring games based on the film to the PC and Xbox,” says Groove CEO Jon Walsh. “The game features intense action that horror fans will love, and the ability to play head to head against other players in zombie-infested levels is an absolute blast.” Weapons you can use will include sniper rifle, revolver, Glock, .22 rifle, shotgun, M-16, hammer, golf club, baseball bat, shovel, lead pipe, fire ax, grenade, molotov cocktail and good old-fashioned fists; a multiplayer option will be available via Xbox Live or the Internet for the PC edition. Retail price will be $29.99 for the Xbox version, $19.99 for the PC, and the game rating, not surprisingly, will be Mature.