Back in 2009, Masive Black artist Jason Chan (who draws wonderful pictures and even Kotaku mascots) gave the world an adorable piece of art that, while not directly inspired by Left 4 Dead, certainly captured people’s attention at the time. Mostly because it looked like a Fisher Price version of Valve’s shooter.
Fast forward to 2012 and Chan and his buddies at Massive Black – probably the world’s best concept art studio – are working on a game called Zombie Playground, which uses that image as a jumping off point for a multiplayer shooter/RPG that has kids holed up in a school trying to survive against hordes of zombies.
Obviously sharing the same art style, it’ll play in the third-person, and Chan tells us it’ll also boast ” a levelling system, different character classes, weapons and items”.
We’ve got a ton of fantastic concept art from the game here, but for more info head below. I know, I know, it’s a Kickstarter page, but these aren’t no-name kids; the people involved have a ton of experience. Some of those chipping in include Runic’s Erich Schaefer (Diablo, Torchlight), composer Shawn Lee (Bully) and Massive Black’s own artists and animators.
Best of all, at least for me, is that rapper Aesop Rock will also be providing music. Aesop Rock, people!
Zombie Playground (#zpg) – 3D Action, Online Battle RPG [Kickstarter]