Gamescom's opening night definitely had some odd announcements, but this one is a doozy.
The live-action trailer starts off with a man running for his life from zombies. They're on his tail but he manages to slip away into an abandoned factory. Rather than look for a way out however, he relaxes, pulls out a laptop and starts playing Bridge Contructor, just in time for the zombies to catch up and rip him open.
But the monitor swivels towards the camera to reveal it isn't just another bridge-building simulator, but an official crossover with The Walking Dead. So a series about building bridges with limited resources is going to cross over with a series about surviving and fighting against hordes of the undead.
Cards on the table, this is the kind of crossover that barely makes any sense, and yet it's so audacious I can't help but be impressed.
As for the official press release, it does make this mix-up seem less weird.
"Prepare for the ultimate mashup experience! Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead combines the legendary and challenging puzzle gameplay of Bridge Constructor™ with the post-apocalyptic universe of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Join a group of survivors as they fight against hordes of undead walkers and a hostile human community. Build bridges and other constructions through bleak landscapes and ruined structures. Team up with fan-favorite characters like Daryl, Michonne and Eugene, and create safe passage for iconic vehicles from the series.
Use movable level objects, explosives and baits to your advantage as you lure walkers into lethal traps and guide your survivors to safety. Enjoy the physics-based frenzy and ragdoll animations as walkers succumb to the forces of gravity."
Building bridges while also managing hordes of zombies and you're on a race against the clock seems like a novel take on this gameplay. And the Bridge Constructor series has worked in other formats including the middle ages and utilizing the spatial shenanigans with Apeture Science's portal technology.
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead will be coming out later this year for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch.