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What the developers have to say:

Hello Survivor, and welcome to the Project Zomboid Early Access launch!

We’re a game that’s in heavy active development, so when we were considering our appearance on Steam Early Access we thought it vital that we provide potential buyers with as much information as possible about the current state of our game.

Sometimes with alpha funded games people don’t know what they’re jumping into until they’ve bought the game, and annoying compatibility issues can spring from the woodwork after download.

To do our best to avoid this we’re launching with a playable demo you can try out first – in which a pre-made character’s fate is already sealed by a zombie bite. It’s our way of making sure that you’ll be satisfied with your purchase, and so you can be sure that a game in alpha (that’s due some extra optimization work in future) runs at an acceptable lick on your machine if it’s of a lower spec.

Please make sure to check out some of our regular YouTubers’ guides and opinions on the game. (We specifically asked this lot to cover both the pros and cons of our game and its development, but it goes without saying that they already enjoy playing it!)

Finally, we’re on Twitter (@theindiestone) and our website and forums can be found at www.projectzomboid.com. Here you’ll find the development updates that we blog every Monday in our ‘Mondoid’ updates.

If, after all this, you’re up for jumping into Project Zomboid, then thanks for the support – and good luck in your gruelling battle against an inevitable death!”
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Aiming to Please

July 7th, 2014

Howdy all, it’s Mondoid time again! This week we’re all at the grindstone trying to get those last missing promised gameplay features into the game, as detailed here.

That’s not to say we don’t have some juicy info about what’s coming. This week its from Romain, who has been revamping the ranged weapon systems to reintroduce aiming skills.

In Romain’s own words (with a few edits!):


Weapon Changes
The ranged weapon have receive a bunch of fixes/changes, I tried to stick to the reality, even if I’ve never fired a gun.. Meh.

First thing, bullets don’t really pierce zombies now, meaning if you shoot a zombie, and there’s a zombie behind him, he won’t die, but he could take slight damage from rests of bullets (even being knocked back/down and become a crawler, yay for crawlers!).

So by knowing this, you already know the shotgun has been really nerfed!

The range of weapon has been slightly nerfed, as well as their angle too (mostly for the pistol), that means you will need to be at the right place to aim for a shot. No more 45° kill with a pistol.

Guns have now a critical chance (modified by aiming skill, but more on that below), understand it as a “head shot”.
For example a pistol can have a great chance of critical, while the shotgun will just blow up a zombie's chest (in a bloody glory moment !).

Weapon also have a recoil delay, meaning you can’t fire like an assault rifle with the shotgun.

It will mean no more taking a 300 strong zombies horde with 3 shotgun shells.
So by now, I’m sure you understood that the shotgun is a good weapon to start, and the pistol will be more deadly at end level, because it has a larger capacity, less recoil, makes less noise and way better range/critical chance than the shotgun.


Take your time
Second thing I’ve changed, is the physical aiming and panic influence over guns, you’ll now need to aim for a little moment to shoot accurately. If you run then shoot, your shot will likely be far away from your target, but again, aiming skill decrease this malus.


Panic!
Yes, Panic can reduce the hit chance/damage done, panic usually mean trembling hands, so it’ll take a good skill to bypass that and make a true shot while you’re surrounded by zombies, again, it depend on weapon, a pistol will require concentration, while a shotgun will almost always hit his target(s).

Just stand still, breathe, take your time, and blow that head up. Please.


The glorious aiming skill
While making my changes to weapons, I saw that the aiming skill barely modified the hit chance, damage and stuff, well, that’s the past.

Aiming skill will now influence a LOT of things! Here’s a list :
  • Hit chance! Like really? It require skill to aim correctly? Jeeze Devs nowaday…
  • Critical chance! Yup, it’s not a FPS where “aim for head = head shot”, we’re in isometric world, so I can add a skill modifier to this (remind you of Fallout?)
  • Range ! Range is now also influenced by aiming skill, at least for the pistol.
  • Angle! Well ok, that may sound weird, but because we’re in an isometric world, aiming can be hard, so now, with a better aiming skill, you won’t have to be at the perfect angle for a straight shot (again, specially for the pistol).
  • Rate of fire! Well, I’m still trying to know how the great shooter can shoot faster than others (maybe it’s a combination of aiming + strength ?)
It’ll mean that you can avoid being violently murdered by a guy with a pistol if he can’t really aim with it, you could try to run toward him with an axe and take him down before he gets you, and with a bit of luck you may get an axe to his head!


WAIT RJ, YOU TOLD ME THERE’S A NEW WEAPON, GIMME MY AK47
Ah. Assault Rifle ? No way. Well, not now!
So, let’s do a little run down of the current ranged weapons:
  • Shotgun have small range, big angle, low critical chance.
  • Pistol have better range, small angle, big critical chance (specially at high level).
  • IT’S A BOLT ACTION RIFLE ! Huge distance, huge critical chance, long recoil time, small clip, so yup, it’ll need a lot of practices (understand aiming skill) to master that gun, but I swear with it, you can take down lot of danger from a long range !
  • Oh also, we won’t have new model/animation for it now, I’ll re-use the shotgun one, but I’m sure Andy will be on it soon, aye Andy ?


And for the future ?
I definitely want to see a bow in game, crafting weapon, silent, powerful, arrow piercing.. And require tons of skills to be mastered.

Also bear in mind that all these numbers will be balanced. You don’t know it, but Chris has a rule for my stuff: take all calculations I do and multiply them by 20, because I suck at balancing things :D

I may do an explanation video of it, with different weapons/aiming skill to show you the difference between a Daryl and.. Well, me for example (oh wait, I had a pistol air gun in my childhood.. I’m sure I’m a beast with weapons!)


REMEMBER, YOU CAN NOW SUBSCRIBE with several options to receive either release notification e-mails, unstable test release notifications, and even receive Mondoids right to your e-mail every week!

Follow this link to sign up:
http://projectzomboid.com/lists/?p=subscribe&id=1

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Things Wot We’re Doing

June 30th, 2014

Hello again.

As per the last Mondoid, we’re hard at work plugging away at all the things we said we’d be plugging away at last time so this Mondoid is just going to be a bit of us reporting in, with a little bit of new stuff to prevent Mathas from having to talk for ten minutes about puppies again.

So first, new thing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC-dHQRuIMs

Woop! Yep, you can now burn all those zombie corpses you’ve been stacking and thus re-create “the pit” from “The Last Man on Earth” / “I Am Legend” (the book, let’s not mention the film) except with additional accidentally setting yourself on fire.

All this moving and burning of corpses is paving the way for disease and other unpleasantness as a result of having rotting corpses decorating the inside of your safehouse – something we’ve wanted to deal with for a long time but would have been horribly punishing without a mechanic for removing / destroying bodies. But now we have that, we can have the other. HOORAY!

The Reporting In Bit

The game world, so far, consists of Muldraugh, West-Point, and a bit to the north containing a bunch of stuff including a (really, really big) mall and the amusingly-named “Knob Creek” *muffled laughter*. It’s pretty big, so far as hand-made game maps go BUT NOT BIG ENOUGH. To put everything into perspective, this image shows the areas mentioned above and then I’ve indicated the areas currently in progress.

http://projectzomboid.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/MapCompletion.png

Wowzers. Quite big, eh? So don’t be expecting this map expansion like, tomorrow, or anything since as you can see we’re talking about doubling the size of what’s there currently. And it’s not just bigger in area – that bit to the north? You know what’s up there, don’t you? Yep. A city. Which means that whooooole area is jam-packed with high-density buildings. So we’re talking twice the area but significantly more than twice the number of buildings (and… well, flupping loads of zombies too).
So, yeah…

Short Mondoid this week and I’ve tried to be fairly vague with the map stuff to avoid spoilers, but that’s where we are at the moment. Hope this was enough for you, Mathas <3

*Featured image credit: Steam user "D_loaded", link to source.

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About the Game

Project Zomboid is an open-ended zombie-infested sandbox. It asks one simple question – how will you die?

In the towns of Muldraugh and West Point, survivors must loot houses, build defences and do their utmost to delay their inevitable death day by day. No help is coming – your continued survival relies on your own cunning, luck and ability to evade a relentless horde.

Mathas 'Early Look At Project Zomboid': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42btaipNYhU

Current features:


  • Sandbox zombie survival game.
  • Full line of sight system and real-time lighting, sound and visibility mechanics. Hide in the shadows, keep quiet and keep the lights off at night, or at least hang sheets over the windows.
  • Vast and growing map (loosely based on a real world location) for you to explore, loot and set up your fortress. Check out Blindcoder’s map project: http://pzmap.crash-override.net/
  • Use tools and items to craft weapons, barricade and cook. You can even build zombie proof forts by chopping trees, sawing wood and scavenging supplies.
  • Deal with depression, boredom, hunger, thirst and illness while trying to survive.
  • Day turns to night. The electricity falters. Hordes migrate. Winter draws in. Society is in freefall.
  • Farming, trapping, fishing, carpentry, character customization, skills and perks that develop based on what you do in-game.
  • Hundreds of zombies with swarm mechanics and in-depth visual and hearing systems.
  • Proper zombies that don’t run. (Unless you tell them to in the sandbox menu).
  • A ton of amazing atmospheric music tracks by the prodigy that is Zach Beever.
  • Instant action ‘Last Stand’ mode, on top of our Sandbox and Survival
  • Full, open and powerful Lua modding support.
  • Online multiplayer survival with persistent player run servers.

    We’re a small team at the moment, but we’re also committed to providing the following:

    Planned Features:


  • The return of our PZ Stories mode that also serves as first ever tutorial actively trying to kill you at every turn. Kate and Baldspot return!
  • In-depth and varied NPC encounters driven in a persistent world, powered by a metagame system that turns each play-through into your very own zombie survival movie with emergent narrative gameplay.
  • Engine upgrade to make the most of your graphics card as well as your processor
  • Constant expansion of the countryside and cities around Muldraugh and West Point
  • Full wilderness survival systems, animals and hunting for food.
  • More items, crafting recipes, weapons and gameplay systems.
  • Steam Workshop and Achievements support
  • Game pad support
  • Local 4 player split-screen co-op

For more details on the game visit or follow us on @theindiestone or visit http://www.projectzomboid.com

Survival Guide Videos:

Twiggy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYAF0BSmiwM
Mathas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuZT3t0cxM0

PC System Requirements

    • Nb. This is an Early Access game. A demo has been provided so you can be sure the game runs on your set-up to your satisfaction.

      Radeon 4xxx series (or below) graphics cards and Windows 8 may have issues. Please make sure to try the demo before purchasing!

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel 2.77GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2Gb Ram
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.23gig
    • Video Card: OpenGL 2.1 compatible dedicated graphics card
    • Sound: OpenAL compatible sound card

Mac System Requirements

    • Nb. This is an Early Access game. A demo has been provided so you can be sure the game runs on your set-up to your satisfaction.

    • OS: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel 2.77GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2Gb Ram
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.23gig
    • Video Card: OpenGL 2.1 compatible dedicated graphics card
    • Sound: OpenAL compatible sound card

Linux System Requirements

    • Nb. This is an Early Access game. A demo has been provided so you can be sure the game runs on your set-up to your satisfaction.

    • Processor: Intel 2.77GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2Gb Ram
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.23gig
    • Video Card: OpenGL 2.1 compatible dedicated graphics card
    • Sound: OpenAL compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
149 of 162 people (92%) found this review helpful
53 products in account
1 review
14.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A fantastic zombie apocalypse simulator, helmed by one of the nicest and most determined developers I've ever seen in the industry.


The game starts by spawning you at a random location in a massive world map filled with flesh-craving zombies (Which you can fully customize... want a shambler? Runner? No problem, the game allows you to change almost every aspect of your undead foes.) after which, you must then search for supplies and an adequate safehouse for survival. The game is very hardcore, with permadeath as well as essentially an insta-kill system, if you get attacked by a zombie, you either get bitten or scratched, being scratched has a small chance of you becoming infected, while being bitten is pretty much always going to infect you (95% chance I believe). Infection leads to a slow, unavoidable death.

Right now, the game has multiplayer, however, it's quite basic when it comes to server capabilities... the developers are planning on adding more admin features in the future however. Speaking of adding things, the developers are currently working on an amazing NPC system that could very much rocket this game into one of my favorites of all time, it's supposed to be able to generate events that are similar to situations from the walking dead, but randomly!

Of course... being early access does mean that the game has bugs, it is however fairly stable from what I've played so far. But it does have a fair share of annoying bugs and issues, particularly with the UI.

Overall... I can't recommend this game enough, it's just amazing so far, and they're planning on adding a huge amount of stuff that'll make the game even more worth the purchase! If you like zombie games, and extremely nice and helpful development teams and communites centered around your games, then you should get this game.


Note: this was the first review I've ever made. I also kind of suck with my paragraphs, so give me a little slack :P

UPDATE

Notable new features that came out after I made this review

1. A public server list for easily joining multiplayer games, which is cool, seeing how most indie games lack these the vast majority of the time even when they're finished.

2. A more in depth cooking system, including more cooking utensils and recipes.

3. A fishing system.

4. 3D models and general optimization.

5. A new mall area in the northeast (I believe, still haven't gotten there yet) section of the map crawling with thousands of zombies and tons of loot, suppose you could say this is the dungeon!

These are only the ones I could come up with at a moments notice, since I'm pretty busy. There's way more changes than that though.
Posted: March 17th, 2014
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121 of 143 people (85%) found this review helpful
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64 reviews
28.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
9/10 (Build 26)
"How long will you survive?!"
Survival Apocalypse at it's best - Imagine the finished version of DayZ meets JaggedAlliance/UFO (in realtime). Project Zomboid is the Top-Down-Real-Time-Survival-Apocalypse-Thriller.
EarlyAccess: PZ feels quite finished (ca. 95%). Besides some few bugs, the gameplay, mechanics & features are very well implemented. There are some AAA titles (nowadays) which feel much more unfinished, even in gold status / or 6 months after their official release...

Great:
+ atmosphere
+ ost (@Zach Beever#4,8,10)
+ world
+ lots of loot
+ lots of tough zombies
+ gameplay &-mechanics
+ controls (mouse+tastatur)
+ real-time fighting & shooting
+ not a "stupid" Hack'n'Slay title
+ skill points = experience (&knowledge)
+ graphics (if U can appreciate the "old days")
+ zoom in(=pixels) & out(=crisp)
+ tough, realistic and well conceived survival game system
+ adjustable & movable active windows (eg.: inventory/skills)
+ UFO / XCOM / JA "-kind of feeling" (it's not round-based!)
+ read the Current Features Section!

Not as perfect:
- some zombie sounds could be improved a little
- improved splatter system (eg.: more&intense blood)
- bullet holes (eg. in the walls)
- a bit more "brains" would be awesome

I do not regret any dime! Get it & start playing...
This is an EarlyAccess game which deserves to be supported, a lot!

(Multiplayer not yet tested!)
Posted: March 5th, 2014
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60 of 67 people (90%) found this review helpful
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46 reviews
11.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Project Zomboid is one of those rare zombie survival games that actually encourages you to survive in stead of facing wave after wave of the undead. It's truely unique with a visual style that may sadly not attract anyone, but its deep surviving system makes Project Zomboid one of the best zombie survival games in recent memory.

The Good:
· Zombies aren't the only threat: you'll have to eat, drink, rest, calm down and avoid sickness among others in order to survive.
· A simple yet clear looting system: there's your basic inventory and additional backpacks to carry more stuff around.
· Retreat and recreate: you could go outside and risk your life for some fresh water, or you can find a well-placed house your new home. Once you have what you need you can cover up the windows with sheets, stack your food and other recourses in fridges, closets and many others, relying on the water from the tap and the vegetables you plant.
· Be the survivor you want to be for as long as you can: it's almost certain that you will die within the first half hour of playing Project Zomboid. Hell, I still die every half hour. But that teaches you that your approach to a certain situation was wrong. Did you kill al the zombies but died from a cold? Or did you try to stay inside and were forced out when all the food ran out? You can scavenge all houses (if you can make it that far, that is), you can choose a certain location and hold your ground, you can try to kill countless infected in order to scavenge in peace and so on. Options are almost limitless.
· A true zombie survival experience: forget games like Resident Evil or Left 4 Dead that have you mowing down zombie after zombie in order to survive and progress. In Project Zomboid zombies can be the least of your worries when you play your cards right.

The Bad:
· It's still in pre alpha, so some of the mechanics could use some extra polishing. The devs have been very active and do their very best to fix even the smallest of issues however, so I put my faith in them one hundred percent. This is the zombie game you'll want to play none the less, pre alpha or not.
· The style of the game may not appeal to anyone. It feels pretty retro and yet uniquely innovative at the same time, so slapping a certain style on it isn't as easy as you'd think.

The Ugly:
· Project Zomboid is gorgeous for what it aims to be. Obviously triple-A quality isn't expected (once again, depends on the style you like) but it manages to be pretty enough in terms of animations and effects to be immersive none the less.

Final Verdict:
I have played unfortunately little games like Project Zomboid and I'm very glad the devs managed to create a one-of-a-kind zombie survival experience like this. It's thrilling, it's atmospheric, and it's everything you'll love from the zombie-genre. 8.5/10
Posted: February 27th, 2014
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512 of 773 people (66%) found this review helpful
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7 reviews
13.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Saw bacon. Got excited. Was raw. Died. GG, 100/10
Posted: January 12th, 2014
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235 of 355 people (66%) found this review helpful
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1 review
43.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
On day 36 I had a nice chicken dinner and died on the bathroom floor. Good game 10/10
Posted: February 14th, 2014
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