Red Dead's Zombies Are Like A 70's Horror Movie

The dead walk the earth in the the zombie add-on for Red Dead Redemption, Undead Nightmare. While zombies are tres passe, Rockstar thinks it can put an original spin on them. Here's why:

"With Undead Nightmare, we have long wanted to find a way to make zombies interesting, and one of the ways that we thought we could do that was by putting zombies into an existing universe, so the player gets to see how characters they already know respond to the madness of a zombie outbreak," Rockstar's Dan Houser tells GameSpot. "This is, we believe, more interesting than creating a world that people do not know and using it purely for zombies."

The idea was to make Undead Nightmare a 1970s exploitation-type flick: During the day the set was used for a serious Western, but at night, the cast and crew made a crazy horror film.

According to Houser, the familiarity of the Red Dead world adds depth to the horror angle. "Zombies obviously add a new dimension to the world, and at the same time, the familiar world of Red Dead Redemption adds something from a narrative perspective to a zombie experience," Houser explains. "It gives it context and depth it would otherwise lack."

In short, the zombies aren't merely window dressing in this game. It's an unexpected direction.

"But of all the various bits of feedback we saw online, I don't think we ever saw the phrase 'what this game is missing is the super natural,' and that is part of what attracted us — it simply was not what people expected, and we felt we could make something that was interesting for us and would be very fun for fans."

House and his team have been responsive to said feedback and are planning on doing an update that lets players, if they wish, enjoy multiplayer free roam sans friendly fire.

On October 26, Undead Nightmare reacquaints us with Red Dead Redemption hero John Marston in an entirely stand-alone title. The game will also be available on a separate disc. As Houser tells GameSpot, Undead Nightmare is "not part of any Red Dead Redemption canon, if such a thing exists."

It does. Very much so.

Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare Q&A [GameSpot]


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    Any word for PC release yet? I'm practically ready to give money for it! :p

    I have merely one request - when the GOTY edition comes out with the DLC content attached, can it be possible for users to turn off just this add-on? Everything I read about Red Dead Redemption makes it sound utterly fantastic, but simply having this pathetically artificial add-on detracts from the story, it seems.

    As for the arguments presented here for adding zombies, well they're not even trying are they? Make them more interesting by "putting zombies into an existing universe, so the player gets to see how characters they already know respond to the madness of a zombie outbreak"? Because, of course, every other zombie-related game involving an outbreak feels so calm and natural. Why not an outbreak of undead gay dwarven interior decorators instead? Or undead elven food stylists, even undead Argonian strippers could sell - bring in the Elder Scroll RPGers, and would add that "context and depth it would otherwise lack". Makes just as much sense.

    Same argument applies to the idiotic reasoning that "Zombies obviously add a new dimension to the world, and at the same time, the familiar world of Red Dead Redemption adds something from a narrative perspective to a zombie experience". Because ever game centered around zombies has the narrative at its' core - everyone plays Left 4 Dead for the narrative, don't they?

    Yes this sounds like a typically tedious lump of whine, but there is a logic behind this. Like many gamers I work a lot and lack the time to give every good release that comes out justice, so I only buy the games I know I'll enjoy. RDR has got so much good press that it is impossible to ignore, but the Fallout 3 experience has taught many of us to wait for the whole package plus DLC to come out in GOTY form (we cheap bastards have bills to pay!). And I was really, REALLY looking forward to it coming out, but seeing the oh-so fashionable Zombie fashion line added to the game is a dreadful turn-off. Just guarantee that we can turn off selective DLC modules and you'll have my cash, until then RDR remains tarred with the same simplistic Red Nation/Killing Floor "How dumb do you think I am?" brush.

    “But of all the various bits of feedback we saw online, I don’t think we ever saw the phrase ‘what this game is missing is the super natural,’" Maybe there was a reason for that.

      It's stand alone DLC, so it has its own menu section.

      I for one can't wait to play it. Shooting zombies is fun, it has always been fun.

      "cashing in on a fad" is a ridiculous statement. Why would any one release DLC that no one wants? Just to be cool? Just so people like you can get all self righteous about being better than zombie games.

      "oooo I play JRPG's, i'm so artsy and much to sophisticated for zombies."

      They're just games, chill out.

      Fred, CHILL.

      Fallout 3 required the second disc to INSTALL the DLC.
      (Even then, you had to choose which ones to install.)

      No doubt this will be similar.
      (i.e: NO DLC until INSTALLED.

    They can say what they like, but zombies are a fad, and they're cashing in.

      They're not the first, and won't be the last.

      And a fad? Romero introduced them in the SIXTIES.
      (I think 50+ years is more than a fad.)

    I don't care what any of you say - as far as I'm concerned, more zombies = more awesome. And even more zombies = even more awesome. There's a direct relationship there between zombies and awesomeness.

    The best thing about DLC is that you only pay for what you actually want to add to your core game...

    And sorry, Fred, but if you wish to wait the 12 months that it takes to EVER get a GOTY edt, then you cannot whine about getting "too much" when the GOTY is invariably CHEAPER than the retail was at launch. Its rude to bitch when it is people like me and the other thousands, who buy the game and DLC on release, who MAKE it a Game of the Year for you to jump on the bandwagon later, for less money.

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