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World War Z game in the works?

A video game tie-in for the upcoming Brad Pitt zombie film World War Z could be in the works.

As the fascination with zombies takes over the world like a stumbling plague, another video game based on the living dead could be in the works to coincide with the release of the upcoming Brad Pitt flick World War Z.

The website Siliconera noticed that Paramount Pictures has filed a World War Z trademark for "downloadable electronic game programme, electronic game software, and video game cartridges/discs".

Nothing else is known about any potential game, but it makes sense given the expectations for the big budget zombie film and the adoration for the undead among games that a tie-in title is released.

World War Z is based on a book written by Max Brooks. In it Pitt is set to play Gerry Lane, a United Nations employee who trawls the globe interviewing individuals who survived a zombie apocalypse.

The book itself reads as a collection of individual accounts of survivors written as first-person anecdotes and published in a report ten years after the zombie outbreak began. It is was very well received among critics, championed for its critique of government bureaucracy and short-sightedness, much in the same way director George A. Romero criticised the modern world in his zombie film classics.

Originally set for release in December 2012, the film adaptation's release has been pushed back to next summer. So any video game tie-in is likely to be released at a similar time.

Telltale Games announced recently that it will be producing another season of its episodic The Walking Dead games, based on the hit zombie TV series, while Activision is set to release a first person shooter prequel to the original season of the show.

These titles follow on from the success of other zombie video game series, such as Valve's co-operative first person shooter Left 4 Dead and the long-running survival horror series Resident Evil.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801410445-ADNFCR