AMC’s The Walking Dead deviates from Robert Kirkman’s phenomenal comic series in a number of ways. One of the show’s most distinct alterations is the addition of Daryl and Merle Dixon. These roughnecks had a hard time of it preceding the show, and Activision’s The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct tells that tale. The actors have signed on to provide their unique southern drawl to the game.

Michael Rooker plays Merle, and Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon. These actors lend two stand-out performances in the award-winning show, and their involvement with Activision’s games has us more hopeful about the prject.

A completely different project from Telltale’s excellent episodic The Walking Dead adventure series, Survival Instinct places the focus on FPS action. The game is being developed by Terminal Reality (Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Kinect Star Wars), and is due out next year on PS3, 360, and PC.