Time For A Zombie Role-Playing Game

To the gamers who say, "Enough with the zombie games already," consider Dead State, an upcoming zombie role-playing game.

The new game from development studio Doublebear got profiled over at Rock Paper Shotgun. In a detailed interview, lead developer Brian Mitsoda describes a game that seems to have many wonderful touchstones, from Fallout to X-Com to... Gradius?

Two excerpts:

Most games deal with a Night of the Living Dead scenario where you have to survive one night, one wave, one map. We're dealing with a long-term zombie threat, where you have to worry about keeping people fed, friends getting bit and infected while scavenging, and the desperation of other human beings. Honestly, the game is not about the zombies, but about how people react to a crisis and what they are willing to do to other human beings and even members of their group to stay alive or protect their own. The zombies are just a cause, like economic collapse or a massive earthquake, and it's really the human self-preservation instinct and the survivor mentality that we're interested in portraying.

and

The big difference in our group and something like Jagged Alliance is these are normal people with little to no combat experience, not a veteran squad of commandos, so they handle like you'd expect them to. It's best to think of them as intelligent Gradius options – they're there to assist and absorb damage. They make combat much easier than going it alone, but they can die and you're really going to have to work at it to bring everyone home all the time. Sometimes you may have to let someone go to get the rest of your group out safely. If everyone else is at the rally point and one ally is still in that house surrounded by ten zombies, let ‘em go, ‘cause they're gone.

If that doesn't sound like interesting gaming to you, then perhaps you have the pulse of a zombie.

Read the full interview about this not-in-2010 game for more.

A Blood Red State: Dead State Revealed [Rock Paper Shotgun, via Joystiq]


Comments

    Must.... play.... brains.... er, GAME!!!

    Seriously sounds like an interesting take, but still i want another game like Stubbs The Zombie.. i want to play as the Zombie and infect as many people as possible!

    ...infact, just give me a Stubbs the Zombie 2!

      Stubbs was awsome and terrible at the same time.
      My favorite moment was the "Brains, brains, brians" speech.

    this is the most exciting game release I have heard about in along time I bored of the big hit blockbuster games this game sounds really promising

    The key aspect of this screenshot is the not-so-subtle M. Bison reference

    I love the Mmmm-Bison in the background

    Hahaha, i lol'd at the Bison picture

    :D!! I love zombie games!! This is just icing on the cake

    No no...must not...get...excited...DAMN IT >.<

    That first extract sounds like someone's been reading The Walking Dead comics...

    Still having just read The Walking Dead myself, I was thinking if someone could pull of game like that and make it work, it could be awesome.

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