Irrational Pitch For A Zombie Shooter Was Well Ahead Of Its Time

Irrational Games had this idea for - hang with me here - a zombie shooter. Only thing was, it was back in 2005, and the studio's creative director said its pitches were met with the sound of crickets.

"I remember going around pitching it and the person would be ‘Zombies? Who wants to play a zombie game?'" Ken Levine, the creative director for Irrational, told Game Informer.

"Someone said to me, ‘We don't think zombies will be big in 2005,'" added Irrational's Joe McDonagh.

The premise sounds familiar but in 2005 was very original, because, "there was really only Resident Evil at that time," Levine explained. The game, called Division 9, would pit survivors against infected, but instead of blasting through the hordes, "You'd have to take on risks to get more supplies, ammo and people. You sort of build up your group of survivors," Levine said.

Irrational released a concept trailer for the game, which you can see with the rest of the interview on GI's site. It's interesting to think what would have happened had Irrational in fact kickstarted this sub-genre of the FPS and made a ton of money in the process, what would have happened with a game like BioShock. Would we just now be seeing it?

Trailer for Irrational's Scrapped Zombie Game [IGN]


    How is Left 4 Dead a sub-genre?

      Go and have a look at how many FPS games have zombies. You are a silly boy.

        Well, it just seems to me like he said "sub-genre" as though there are tonnes of zombie *focused* FPS games coming out... the only one I can think of like that is L4D... of course tonnes of games feature zombies, but they're not the premise of the game like L4D.

      He means "zombie/apocolypse survival" as a sub-genre to the FPS genre.

      L4D's Genre is First Person Shooter, then sub-genres of Zombie Shooter, Multiplayer Game, Sci-Fi, Horror, and arguably Tactical Shooter.

    the news equivalent of "oh yeah i had that idea ages ago dude"

    nice, love shooting games, CS is my favourite

    Did you guys even bother to watch the video? The game looks amazing, especially for 2005! The graphics would have been amazing back then. The gameplay style, HUD items and movement remind me of SWAT 4. The music was superb and full of tension. The gore was lacking but ofcourse it was an unfinished project. Too bad guys. Maybe when youve got more funding, coat it with some paint and ship it out! id buy it, how can you not love zombie games!

    And this is why 'suits' making decisions about games is an incredibly dumb idea

    lets list the stupid shall we

    Konami: Guitar peripherals will never sell in the US, we wont release there

    Atari: We don't need that nintendo system

    Fox (movies): 2 weeks to go on star wars they pull the plug handing IP back to lucas. DUMB DUMB DUMB

    and now


    Wow, can any of you say IM A FACTTARD!

    If you guys like Zombie games take a look at this free game:

    Toxie Radd 3D a good horror FPS

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