The Dead Linger is the definitive zombie apocalypse survival horror experience! Set in a massive, ever-changing world, survivors learn to fight, run, and survive against the never-ending and relentless zombie hordes.
User reviews: Mixed (1,686 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 27, 2013

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“Hello Survivors, old and new! The Dead Linger is currently in Alpha stage and in active development. Check out our comprehensive Development Roadmap for the bigger picture! We release updates frequently, usually alongside a dev vlog to show you what's new and let you know we're listening. As the game is in Alpha, there are bugs, missing features, and unfinished bits. Just remember to visit our forums at http://www.sandswept.net/forums to participate in discussion, suggest features, and give us feedback! You can also follow us on twitter @thedeadlinger!
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May 20

Minivlog 7 – FAQ – The Black Vlog

Hello Survivors!

A round of important FAQ from our brave and fearless leader. And handsome leader. He may be the one writing this.

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May 15

The Weekly Dead 40



Hello survivors! Welcome to another edition of The Weekly Dead!

The Visual Part This Week

The great palindrome week has not been a week of visual progress in the form of images. In spite of this Chaoss has managed to capture a few images of his work, for your visual feasting pleasure. He's finished all the materials we'll be needing for the suburban houses. The work that he has done has laid the groundwork for all future buildings and not just these houses you've seen.



The caption in the image above was written by Chaoss himself.



The above image is another view of the house that was pictured in the image before this one, currently a work in progress as evidenced by it being nothing more than walls and not in engine.



The exclamation point on this section of The Weekly Dead is the above zombie selfie. Hopefully the man this one used to be was just carrying a camera, because the situation would be awful if the zombies started learning.

Geoff's Work

During this week Geoff has been hard at work setting up all the items. This includes their names, the various item quality levels (Contaminated, broken, normal, etc) the stats (For weapons this would include damage and durability. For food how much sustenance it regains and so on.) how much space the items take up in the inventory and their weight. It's a combination of data entry and design for over 400 items. Tedious, necessary and in the end there is nothing we can take a picture of. Well, maybe there is one thing I can take a picture of...



Richard's Work

Richard has still been working on the inventory systems and getting them up and running. Mainly he's been working to get Unreal Engine 4.8.0 preview 2 working, as it gives us access to the features available in the new build of the Unreal engine.

You can read about the new features available in the latest Unreal engine update in this link.

Steam Workshop

Many of you may have been wondering why the workshop was empty when you went to browse it, or why you couldn't upvote anything. Well, we've figured out that our upload program was uploading things under the wrong category. We have since updated it, and you can find the uploader at the location in this link under the category of "Tools / Packages".

Creators will have to edit their creations or possibly re-upload them using our new uploader tool.

Livestreams

The section containing this sentence is the weekly reminder that both Geoff Keene and Richard do livestreams every now and then on twitch.
We've created a team twitch page that includes Chaoss's profile, no longer banned by twitch for the heinous crime of being British but not using Virgin as his ISP.

The Sandswept Team Page

Be sure to follow us @TheDeadLinger for more development news!

Linger on, Survivors!

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About This Game

The Dead Linger is the definitive zombie apocalypse survival horror experience! Set in a massive, ever-changing world, survivors learn to fight, run, and survive against the never-ending and relentless zombie hordes. With pure sandbox, free-roam gameplay, multiplayer, exploration, barricading, physics, and intense realism, this is the zombie apocalypse experience you've longed for all these years. The zombie genre has died. We're bringing it back from the dead. Be sure to check out our Development Roadmap!

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Key Alpha Features

  • Explore a massive world, full of the restless undead!
  • Slay the undead hordes, with whatever you want!
  • True free-form barricading; nailing boards wherever and however you want!
  • Interact and explore every item, weapon, object, and building that you can see! No fake doors, no fake windows, no invisible walls.
  • Full multiplayer support; as many survivors as your server can handle!
  • Survive the apocalypse YOUR way. True multiplayer zombie survival, with a major focus on classic zombies as the core enemy!
  • Once purchased, all future updates are FREE!
  • Yes, this is the zombie survival you and your friends have been waiting for.
  • Lower price during Alpha!
  • Be part of the Sandswept Legion community; led by a dedicated development team who listen and discuss the game with the community on a daily basis!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6000 series or equivalent AMD AthlonX2 processor
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8000 series or higher, ATI Radeon HD2000 series or higher. (512 MB or higher)
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
67 of 86 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Early Access Review
If this game was a potato....










It would be a extremely low FPS, laggy as ♥♥♥♥, unfinished and bad potato.
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65 of 86 people (76%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Early Access Review
The uninstall button is the best feature in this game.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Early Access Review
This is the game 7 Days to Die would be if it sat in the dark and ate lead paint for a month an a half.

TDL at least used to have a fun and fascinating procedurally-generated world to explore -- with abysmal graphics and laughable combat, that was enough of a foundation for me to invest in. I figured...whatever happened, at least I had that, right? Well, the developers decided to jettison the sole point of appeal to make this game wholly and thoroughly derivative and mediocre. There's no reason to expect anything that will improve on games already available. If the promise of this game appeals to you, try DayZ, State of Decay, 7 Days, even Dead State or Project Zomboid. None of those have managed to remove the unique qualities of their game.
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Early Access Review
Another Kickstarter flop
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
The main reason why I bought this game, is because this game originally promised a large, procedurally generated world. Where you can craft things, build, and survive.

After like 3 years of development, they've managed to switch the engines three times. They've also now removed the promised procedurally generation feature from the game completely. (which was the main reason I bought it)

Overall, this game has made 0 progress over three years of development. Don't buy it.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Early Access Review
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! i dont have that many hours in the game, but you dont really need any. I bought this game back when it first was released on steam and i was interested to see where this game was gonna go. In the beginning i could forgive the game for having many lag issues, little to do, and very mediocre graphics. However, here we are in 2015 (game was released in late 2013) and I still havent seen any big changes besides many engine changes. The developer hasnt released an update in a while and at this point the game is dead. If you want to buy it so you can laugh at it go ahead, but you'll be giving money to a guy who working very little (if at all) on this game. In my opinion this is just another game that goes on the list of games where people make them just to make a quick buck.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Early Access Review
I think about the only fun I had while playing this was running and jumping into the big boulders because they made you bounce.

Pros:
+Bouncy boulders.
+For the sake of adding one more pro... the idea for opening/closing doors is cool.

Cons:
+Costs money to find out it's bad. I've had this game for a year and nothing has gotten better.
+The devs seem to start from scratch often, perhaps they aren't very good at planning.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Early Access Review
Like someone said in this forum community about some early acess projects:
"your money, your choice, our profit, their trash".
This is the rule apllied to The Dead Linger.
Six or seven months without updating. Engine changed, misleading features, barely playable.
I could keep going but i wont.
No one deserves.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Early Access Review
they are so brave to actualy charge money for this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game im suprised the uninstall button works 0/10 worst than dayz standalone
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Early Access Review
Can't stay connected Multiplayer. Terrible game.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
This game is like Warz cousin.
His downsyndrome cousin.
I want to kick myself for saying that.

Just get 7 Days.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Early Access Review
Had this game since early non steam alpha... bought it for 3 friends.... you could actually play it once or twice over the course of the games life, but not anymore.... they are starting over again..... save your money
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Early Access Review
I got this game when it came out, before it was on steam. It was pretty ♥♥♥♥, but I hoped it would be better in the future. I played it for the first time since then today, and it feels like nothing has changed. Sometimes zombies do nothing when you shoot them, controls are clunky, FPS is constantly bad, etc. Don't buy this game.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Early Access Review
I would not recommand this game to anyone anymore, it was a good idea back in 2012, year's later and hardly anything has come of it,game is still sluggish and boring.

I just feel i have wasted my money on a snake oil game.......again.

I guess in a few more years i will come back to see what has come of this game and it's developer's.

Good luck to them, i hope other people are having fun in this game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Early Access Review
Sadly I have only 9.5 hrs in this game. What is worse is I can't believe that I have so many hours in the game. I have owned this for close to 2 yrs, in that time the game has seen little change. I checked this game out about a month ago. What I saw was the zombie still look about the same as 2 years ago. There are still roads that end into nothing. There is a small part of the map that has some houses. Probally more if I cared to explore.
I will some my review up to something any true PC Gamer can understand. I thought that DayZ Standalone was a bad game. Sadly this game makes the SA look like it is done.
Now I am not bashing the Dev. I am merely stating my opinion. I was looking forward to this being farther along. Oh well, another 19.99 wasted. I hope the Dev at least paid there rent with the money I feel was stolen from me.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Early Access Review
CRAPITY CRAP CRAP.CRAAAP CRAPAAP CRAAAAAAAP
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Early Access Review
I'm just going to come out and say it. I loved this game back when i thought i was going to be getting something more interesting, but due to many changes and false advertising yep i said false advertising i DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU BUY THIS AT ALL, RIGHT NOW. lets start with why i loved this game. the world was almost endless, which was a huge selling point for me unlike project zomboid which i would marry if it was legal does have a limit to where you could travel as of right now, what the dead linger was telling me, it was huge and limitless and also random every time you play the game, but it's no longer like that it's reduced to 360 kilometers across, very much reduced however the randomness is still in which i like. i could go on and on about how bad this game is but i do want this game to succeed but now with three different engine changes and the money to develop this running out, i’m afraid the dead won’t be lingering for long.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Early Access Review
A game in limbo
missed deadlines and empty words
do not buy this yet
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Early Access Review
It's dead, Jim.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
THIS GAME IS A SCAM !***** DO NOT BUY IT***** HAVE OWEN IT FROM THE START NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE ALL FAKE POSTINGS ON WHAT THEY ARE DOING
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