Zombie games are certainly all the rage these days, with a wealth of titles being based solely on the living undead or including some specific game modes. One of the most popular games of late is a mod for ArmA II called DayZ, which is a pretty brutal take on surviving a zombie horde. This piece of news does not concern DayZ though, at least not entirely, but rather a new game from Hammerpoint Interactive. The War Z is a zombie survival MMO that puts players in the middle of a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic world. It sounds pretty similar to DayZ, but The War Z's executive producer says DayZ is based around a hardcore military game while The War Z is a standalone title.
The War Z features game worlds between 200 and 400 kilometers in size, Normal and Hardcore modes, a mix of first-person and third-person perspectives, role playing elements with skills to improve, and a combination of PvE and PvP. The difference between Normal and Hardcore mode is the latter has permadeath, so you need to be extra careful with your customizable character. There will be safe settlements where players can gather to post notes, purchase, sell, and store items, and try to find some help to outlast the zombies. Bounties can be posted as well, so perhaps you will be able to avenge someone if another player takes them out. Weapons and items can be found in the game world, which you need to explore to find the better ones. The game servers will hold up to 250 players, but there is no telling just how many zombies there will be for you to encounter.
The only thing missing from The War Z's announcement is just what kind of shooter it will be. We do not know if it will have real-life ballistics or what the combat mechanics are like, but hopefully that will be revealed shortly. The War Z is scheduled to release this fall for $30 and will have no subscription fees or in-game transactions.