Deep down, all of us want the zombie apocalypse. In the monotony of order and routine of our pitifully boring lives, we long for a little bit of chaos. We want to blow up undead noggins with a shotgun. We want to build zombie-proof fortresses with shopping carts and file cabinets. We want to reshuffle the deck so that those of us at the bottom can be on top. Yeah, we want the zombie apocalypse.
At least until things start to suck, like running out of food.
But even then, we want it. Or at least, I do. And I’m not the only one. Because there are these cool dudes in Canada making a game about it.
The company is CM Softworks led by Creative Director David Shefet.
The game is The Withering.
It was Green Lit on Steam, and it’s currently on pace to hit the $60K crowd-funding goal.
Fund it now on Kickstarter.
What is The Withering? Here you go:
The Withering is a digital game that is a modern world post-apocalyptic survival horror simulator set in a world where a terrible viral infection wiped 90% of the population. The infection triggered a series of catastrophic events laying devastation on an already dying world. Those who survived are now facing a new reality and are forced to scavenge for resources and fight for their lives against the infected and other threats in this new world.
90% gone? That means only 700 million are left in the world. The other 6.3 billion are either dead or zombie. That’s a lot of zombies!
And I bet the survivors aren’t too nice, either. Still want the zombie apocalypse?
To survive in the game, you need to explore, fight, and work together.
What else? Here are features listed on Kickstarter:
- A vast open world to explore
- Dynamic random events generation
- Deep character customization with skill trees and perks
- Extended RPG style weapons and gear
- Robust multi tier crafting system
- Advanced AI control with multiple enemy types
- Survivor camp management
- RPG style character progression and development
- Single player game mode with no internet connection requirement
- Revolutionary multiplayer concept never seen before in this genre
- Multiple PvE and Co-op multiplayer game modes
- Adrenaline pumping PvP gameplay with classic and unique modes
Advanced AI? Dynamic random events generation? Whoa! I just had a No Man’s Sky flashback….
And I’m not sure what exactly they mean by “revolutionary multiplayer concept”. On the company’s website, it lists classic PvP modes such as deathmatch and capture the flag. The game will also feature PvE (player versus environment) in which players are dynamically teamed-up while in the open world. They can then run missions together. But that sounds more or less like standard co-op.
Perhaps some over-promising going on, but revolutionary or not, zombie-bashing is always better with a buddy.
Overall, the game looks good and definitely one of the games I’ll be keeping my eyes on.
Bring on the zombie apocalypse!