Nerdist founder and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick has been a fan and supporter of The Walking Dead for a long time, but now he’s ready to make a new contribution to the franchise. As revealed during tonight’s episode of Talking Dead, Hardwick has created an original character for The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land mobile game.
Hardwick’s creation is named Rufus; he is now available as a No Man’s Land download, and for a limited time, you’ll be able to get Rufus for free! Within the world of the game, Rufus is a solitary mountain man who uses his jars of moonshine as makeshift bombs against any walkers who get close to his home. According to Hardwick, his character is based on his actual great-grandfather, Rufus Ellison Hardwick.
“The Hardwick family tree has a long line of Tennessee hillbillies,” Hardwick shared. “They’re an indispensable member of any apocalypse party; crafty and resourceful. They know how to live off the land and don’t take any shit! Working with Next Games to bring a more offbeat character to the Walking Dead game was an absolute dream, and in the process I got to give a tip of the straw hat to my great-grandfather, Rufus Ellison Hardwick, who used the washer and dryer my grandparents had given him as a moonshine still.” Hardwick added that his aside about the real Rufus was “100% true.”
Throughout this season, Next Games’ No Man’s Land will be updated with new content on Monday mornings after a new episode of The Walking Dead airs on AMC. Hopefully we’ll get to see Rufus fighting alongside some of our favorite characters from the show!
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