Skydance Interactive Launches 'Walking Dead' Companion Podcast for Upcoming VR Game (Exclusive)
As a companion to the upcoming survival-horror VR game The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners, Skydance Interactive is releasing a narrative podcast titled Supernatural Skeptics Guide to New Orleans. The series will contain 10 episodes voiced by actress Mara Junot, who plays the role of Sarah Bennett, the host of a local radio series investigating urban legends and paranormal tales in New Orleans.
According to Skydance, the story will "uncover the surge of walkers taking over the city as Sarah becomes trapped in one of New Orleans' most notorious landmarks, the LaRouche House."
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"[This role] was intriguing and thrilling for so many reasons," says Junot. "Like me, Sarah is African American, from New Orleans and (inadvertently) finding her way through a new chapter of The Walking Dead franchise, which I've previously had the good fortune to be a part of as the role of Christa in Telltale Games' former video game series."
Junot notes that her new podcast character gives her the opportunity to "pick up the thread and share an even more intimate experience" from her previous work in Walking Dead titles.
"The Supernatural Skeptics Guide to New Orleans is a sort of War of the Worlds-style experience, where the line between Sarah's fantastical fascination with debunking mythical horror stories and her own skeptical reality soon becomes blurred and all too real when she decides to investigate the legendary LaRouche House murders," she says.
In a behind-the-scenes video (included below), Junot opens up further about her experience with the project. "It’s quite an amazing adventure seeing what Sarah goes through," she says. "It all starts out as just an innocent radio show. Sarah’s investigating as a skeptic...she’s having fun with her friends and loves the gore of it all, but she’s not really in it in terms of it being something that’s really palpable. Until it is.”
Junot is a familiar name in video games, having voiced characters in season one of Telltale's The Walking Dead as well as roles in The Outer Worlds, Mortal Kombat 11, Fortnite, Far Cry 5 and Rage 2, among others.
The Supernatural Skeptics Guide to New Orleans is available now via all major audio platforms. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners launches Jan. 23, 2020.
Watch the video below.
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