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Editor’s note: The following was written by The Walking Dead: Survivor Instinct developers exclusively for Hypable.

You’re not alone in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, although it might often feel that way as you pass through the lifeless, decimated Georgia countryside, fighting to stay alive against unending waves of the undead.

Throughout the journey, Daryl Dixon will come across other survivors – remnants of the world that used to be – desperate to stay alive. Everyone has a story to tell, but certain themes appear again and again. Families separated by immovable distances. Loved ones watching each other turn. Ordinary people finding their hidden strength – or hidden cowardice – when push came to bite.

How you approach the strangers you’ll meet on the road will shape your experience and, possibly, your chances of making it out alive. Will you opt for security in numbers, or hoard what limited supplies you can scavenge for yourself? Will you put your life in jeopardy to save another’s? Will you spare a weapon for a fellow straggler – and can you trust them not to shoot you in the back with it if you do? These are the decisions you, as the player, will need to make as you play The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.

The backstories below will tell you who some of these people were in the old world – but they can’t tell you who they became when it all came to an end…

Name: Jimmy Blake

Age: 28
Occupation: Police Officer
Hometown: Gainesville, FL

Officer Blake had only recently transferred to Sedalia from his native Gainesville when both the police department and town were destroyed. He has not yet resigned himself to the fate of his family, who still hadn’t moved up from Florida. Blake is dedicated, quiet, and a crack shot, preferring pistols and rifles over blunt instruments.

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Name: Ahmad Farran

Age: ??
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Hometown: ??

Ahmad has lived and worked in Savannah, GA since he earned his Master’s degree. He sheltered 23 survivors in a makeshift bunker through the initial outbreak, but all were subsequently lost while traveling in a convoy toward Birmingham while Ahmad foraged in the woods for food. He may not be the strongest of travelers, but strength isn’t the only way to stay alive in this new world…

Name: Holly Gaines

Age: 60
Occupation: Artist
Hometown: Asbury Park, NJ

Holly is an accomplished, even celebrated, sculptor. On her way to Atlanta for a show at the prestigious Sacrament 5 Gallery, she had taken a few days off to roam through the Georgia backcountry for inspiration when the world took a turn for the worse. Holly is very socially awkward, but is a fighter and a survivor.

Name: Jane Carroll

Age: 38
Occupation: CPA
Hometown: Sherwood, GA

Jane and her husband, Aiden, moved back to her hometown of Sherwood, GA from northern CA to be near her parents. There they opened a store, which Aiden managed, while Jane freelanced as a CPA. Their son, Neville, was killed alongside her parents while staying with them. Jane is four months pregnant.

Name: Jess Collins

Age: ??
Occupation: ‘Freelancer’
Hometown: ??
Jess performs a variety of odd jobs and services, some illicit, for his older half-brother. He has served time for a variety of felonies. Tough and loyal to his family, Jess is a tough fighter and a decent thief. As a seasoned hunter, he also has a wide range of experience with weapons.

Name: Mike Swenson

Age: 55
Occupation: Sawmill Manager
Hometown: Whitespring, VT

Born from a long line of loggers, Swenson joined Infinity Lumber’s Georgia facility 10 years ago as foreman. He secured the mill when its executives were eaten, striking a deal with the military to house and treat survivors in exchange for weapons and medicine. Swenson is decisive and firm-handed, tougher than most men half his age.

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Name: Sarah Bell

Age: 32
Occupation: Stylist
Hometown: Ontario, CA

Ambitious and determined to eventually open her own salon, Sarah is friendly, but will take drastic steps to survive. She was cutting a client’s hair during a busy day at Madame Q’s when walkers burst through the window. Sarah stabbed her way out with her trusty shears and escaped to safety – relatively.

Name: Shelley Berger

Age: 19
Occupation: Waitress
Hometown: Macon, GA

Shelley graduated high school last summer, taking a year to work before moving to Arizona to study biology. She lost her boyfriend, Tom, and her parents in the outbreak. Originally pert and easy-going, Shelley is suffering from extreme anxiety trauma brought about by the horrors she’s witnessed.

Name: Terry Harrison

Age: 59
Occupation: Investment Banker (retired)
Hometown: Long Island, NY

Harrison and his wife, Marie, drove up to Georgia from Tampa Bay to join their daughters for a reunion. They reached an evac point, but Harrison knew the military would put Marie down, after she fell ill following a highway assault. He is pragmatic and caring, demonstrating great affection to his wife and daughters.

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Name: Todd Jeffries

Age: 22
Occupation: Administrative Assistant
Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Brash and self-confident, Todd was chafed at his low-level position with a small brokerage firm in Savannah, but he may not have the knowledge or skills needed to survive alone in the new world. Todd lost all contact with his family in Bozeman, and has a local girlfriend he cannot locate in the aftermath.

The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?