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 (1,637 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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April 17

The Weekly Dead 36



Welcome survivors, to another edition of The Weekly Dead!

Before we start let me remind everyone of the livestreams the team does every so often.

Richard Keene's twitch accountRichard's Past Broadcasts
Geoffe Keene's twitch accountGeoff's Past Broadcasts

Now let's get stuck in.

Melee

Take a look at this picture.



You see those red lines coming from the blade? That's the swing arc.

Each melee weapon has several points along edge (in the sword's case, the blade of the weapon) that track it's movement in 3d space. When one of those points/lines intersects with something it detects a melee hit on it. So if those lines go through a zombie's head, then that's one less zombie you have to worry about, or more considering it can arc through them.

This was Richard's work (image by Geoff though) and now he's working on weapon equip slots and dropping weapons.

Houses and Neighborhoods

Chaoss has been indisposed for the week but he did manage to get a few things in anyway.

Mainly more building houses from the modules he created, but as well laid out a neighborhood design using placeholder houses, and some roadwork.



I feel I should remind everyone that the ground texture in this image is the one used for distant scenery, which is why it looks so different from the roads themselves.



All the houses in this image are placeholder, but this does demonstrate the planned spacing for a residential neighborhood, allowing room for a nice yard and driveway. An upper-middle class neighborhood for sure.

Like I said before, he's also been building some houses. Like this one.



You can see how the rooms are laid out here.


And this give you a look at that pretty molding around the doorway.

Animations and Rigging

Grant has made the third person animations for hip and ironsights aiming done and found a way to make our first person animations for pistols and such to work in our new system, which saves the time of having to do all of them again. What a hero!
We've also got the third person animations for bikes and melee weapons. Each weapon can customize its animation.

And finally, Grant has parented every gun to the right hand.

Object

Ryan has made something interesting as well. An untextured WIP high poly model of a portable, deploy-able solar panel.



For the curious unable to imagine how it looks, here's some concept art of what you are looking at.



Well, that does it for this week's edition of The Weekly Dead.

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

Before you leave though, I just want to leave you with one last thing. (model and image courtesy of Grant, caption by Geoff)



Linger on, Survivors!

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April 10

The Weekly Dead 35



Hello survivors!

Zag is streaming RIGHT NOW!

This has been a week of guns, guns, and more guns, a veritable gun feast! Plus other stuff, but seriously, these guns.

But first, a message from Zag.

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Hello Survivors!
This is just a quick public service announcement to drop some helpful links in regards to watching our development via livestreams on Twitch.

While we don't livestream everything, Richard and I in particular have taken up livestreaming development in Unreal Engine 4.

You can follow our channels here:

http://www.twitch.tv/sandsweptzag [me, Geoff]
http://www.twitch.tv/sndthunderfist [Richard, Lead Engineer]

You can stay up to date on when we stream (no specific schedule) via twitter;

http://www.twitter.com/thedeadlinger [Official twitter, always RTs our tweets about TDL streams]
http://www.twitter.com/geoffkeene [me, Geoff]
http://www.twitter.com/rkeene0517 [Richard]

I noticed those streams we've done haven't been posted here. If you missed one, check out the "Past Broadcasts" section of our respective channels. Hope that helps
Now, onto the meat!

GUNS! and Items
This past week Richard and Geoff have been hard at work finishing up the weapons systems(and other things, but we are talking about weapons right now), with Geoff focusing on guns and Richard working on melee. This includes reloading, scopes, firing modes (semi-auto/full-auto). Grant has been doing rigging, and Richard has been doing animation states. Chaoss brought the guns into UE4 and made world items for them. Now let's see what that looks like!



Our guns in engine.



Up close.



Oh and...



Chaoss set up our guns so that we can color certain parts of our items if we need to. But look at that pretty pink.



Ryan bringing that AT Launcher in as well.



Finally, finishing this off, Chaoss made a pass over the mattress again. These look like they are much softer on your feet while you're flying through the skies on it!

Miscellaneous Code Stuffs
In other news, Geoff has been working on player stats, like hunger, thirst, sustenance, temperature, stamina, defense, speed, and...



...possibly something to do with the fatigue system.

Chaoss has also been creating house modules.





He's basically making pieces of houses, like walls, doors, frames, so that he can more quickly build lots of houses and buildings.

He also did a pass on the sky.



Day/Night cycle won't be in the opt-in, but that's probably what it would look like...Maybe a little bit lighter.

So that concludes this week's Weekly Dead.

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
29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Early Access Review
There is so many things to say about this game. I don't know where to start. Most thing already been said and the only thing I can do is express my own opinion.

This game is the prime reason you should never ever buy a game base on promises. It failed to deliver in almost every aspect. The only thing that this game had and made this game a possible breath of fresh air was abandonned, the procedural generated world.

The terribly slow developement make me wonder if I got ripped. More the game got patched more worst it became.

I'm not a guy who need great graphics in order to like a game. But in this game its bland. boring the animation of anything that move in clunky and buggy.

The devs don't take critisism. I mean at all. the forum thread get locked so quickly. You feel that you cannot express yourself. It became a huge turn off for me.

Right now the game is currently changing its engine(again) and starting from scratch. So I'll probably update this small review after we see what changed and if there is still hope.

For now don't buy this game. even if its 2 dollars. You will feel ripped. Just wait until they update, watch some video on youtube and read the comment on the forums.
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Early Access Review
Is anyone still working on this game? It's gone backwards since I purchased it. This game reminds me of a couple of guys looking for beer money.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Early Access Review
Get 7 Days to Die or Rust or something.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Early Access Review
Don't buy this game. ever.
This is not your daily crappy early-access game. It's much worse

- Extremely Slow Development
- Many backsteps in development process
- absolutely no progress in development after 3 (!) different engines
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Early Access Review
Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband cause they scamming ev'rybody out here!
10/10 would get scammed again
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Early Access Review
THIS GAME IS THE WORST GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED. IT HAS THE WORST OPTIMIZATION ON IT AND NEEDS TO GO OFF THE MARKET. I SPENT 20 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ I N G DOLLARS ON THIS PIECE OF S H I T GAME THAT IS BROKE AS H E L L. YOU CAN FLY IN THIS GAME BY FINDING A WOOD BOARD AND JUMPING INTO OUTER SPACE WHILE YOU HAVE THE AUTISTIC LOOKING ZOMBIES THAT CLIP AND HAVE THE WORST CLOTHING EVER SUCH AS A HAZMAT SUIT AND SANDALS. THE DEVS OR AS YOU SHOULD CALL THEM DIVS ARE THE LAZIEST PEOPLE IVE EVER SEEN, THAY DONT CARE ABOUT THIER GAME AND ARE SAYING IT WILL BE A GREAT GAME BUT I JUST DONT SEE IT AT ALL. SO RUN LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER RAN BEFORE AND DONT STOP OR THE GAME WILL KILLYOU AND YOUR WHOLE BLOODLINE WITH ITS STUPIDITY. O, I FORGOT ONE THING. REMEMBER THAT SPONGEBOB EPISODE WITH THAT BUS THAT TAKES PAT AND BOB DOWN TO THAT DARK ABYIS WITH THE ROAD THAT GOES STRAIGHT UP THE MOUNTAIN. WELL, THERE ARE ROADS JUST LIKE THAT, AND ROADS THAT ALSO TAKE 90 DEGRE TURNS AND WILL GO THRU HOUSES AND CORNFIELDS. SO IN CONCLUSION DONT BUY THIS GAME. IF IT DOES GET BETTER I WILL CHANGE THIS REVIEW. BUT FOR THE TIME BEING THE GAME IS UNPLAYABLE AND I HAD NO FUN WHILE PLAYING THIS GAME
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
Its been months since any update which didn't really add anything new to the game. Waste of money and time trying to do anything with it. Just a good example why early access games shouldn't be supported because they just die off.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Early Access Review
Just dont
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Early Access Review
A seemingly abandoned, incomplete, unoptomized, boring, and buggy game.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Early Access Review
I guess I was drunk when I bought this game >.<
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Early Access Review
Engine Change Simulator.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Early Access Review
This game shows that early access go wrong. Steam should remove it from the shop because the developers are doing ♥♥♥♥ to get the game out of alpha. I bought it when it got released and man... i saw potential.
Steam, please remove it so nobody spends money on this "game".
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Early Access Review
As a early access game that has been out since September 27, 2013, I can not in any way give this game or its makers a positive review. Third engine change? Other games with the same concept and game mechanics that have been out for almost 2 years are WAY AHEAD of this disaster. The creators should be slightly ashamed for having changed the major premises in which many players like me choose to give this game a shot for. I have more then 2.1 hours on record with this game, being as I purchased it from there website my hours dont reflect the time spent in game. I CAN NOT RECOMMEND THIS GAME TO ANYONE.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Early Access Review
Dont buy!!! bought thus game very early on and the development looked promising lest just say its gone from buggy terrible game to even buggier terrible game dont expect anything above the quality of a 3 year olds work
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
by far one of the most horribles game I've ever played. It's like to attrack yourself in a virtual way. GG STEAM FOR ALLOW THIS KIND OF TRASH
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Early Access Review
guys go outside and start punching your balls it's more fun than this game
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Early Access Review
3 Hours in and I got bored. This pales in comparison to the hundreds of hours I have put into stuff like 7 Days to Die and DayZ (Arma2,Arma3 and Stand Alone) and Project Zomboid.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Early Access Review
dont buy this. just believe me dont buy this
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Early Access Review
I DO NOT recommend this game please stay away from it and don't waste your money. I wasted $20.00 and wish I could get it back. The graphics rating is a C, the game play and lag sucks. This game has been out sense September of 2013 and all that's been done is constint optimization, gave the zombies different clothing and moved the game to unity.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Early Access Review
waste of hdd space, devs dont know what they are doing, released nothing new since last year just changed game engines alot of times
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