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.
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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 to participate in discussion, suggest features, and give us feedback! You can also follow us on twitter @thedeadlinger!
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September 4

The Weekly Dead 54

Hello survivors, this week has so much...stuff, I can't really put it all into categories. This Weekly Dead will probably be a little messy, but we have TONS to show.


Let's start with the mini-mini-devlog Geoff posted recently.

As you probably noticed in the video, we've implemented a particular feature.

Zombie Randomized Clothing

That's right, zombies now have randomized clothing.

Zombies will no longer be naked...well in most cases. The major point of this is the basic system for randomizing clothing on zombies is now in place.

Just finished making an "outfit" system for Zombies. Uh, here's some Riot Zombies. @thedeadlinger
— Zag (@geoffkeene) August 30, 2015

In obvious news, riot helmets are good at protecting the head. They can even stop lower caliber bullets.

Oh, is that zombie wearing a riot helmet? Good luck!

Survivor Clothing

Here are some nice shots of survivors in clothing! Well, it isn't just that. Geoff has been going through all of the items and getting their meshes and on-survivor appearances sorted out after the move from unity.

Here we have a cowboy bandit police officer, or this image is just showing all the head slots being used by each of the items.

Here is a stylish wizard riot officer wearing a gas mask. Now this is showing full masks working on the survivor.

This is a glorious shot of a man ready for anything the apocalypse may throw at him. Truly inspiring, I might just make this my desktop background.

Since we are talking about clothing, we might as well bring this up.

Due to extensive loot work, a lot of items now look like the item they are meant to be, and you can no longer get tripped up on them due to a new collision layer being made for loot like the clothing in the picture.

Tool Tips

The team has been working on tool tips and the action menu for the inventory.

The action menu looks as follows.

Onto the tool tips, they show now when you look at items on the floor. There are 2 flavors for this as well.

The simple tool tips which are on by default. If that is not enough information for you, you can turn on complex tool tips (pictured below) in the options menu.

And if all of that is too much, you can always turn off tool tips entirely.

Ragdoll Physics

We've started to include something people have always wanted. Ragdoll on zombies.

I can't not laugh at this every single time. @thedeadlinger #ragdoll

A video posted by Geoff Keene (@geoffkeene)

The zombie's death animation blends into this ragdoll to produce an effect similar to this...

That shooting is courtesy of Geoff's jittery hands.

It's also good to note that now zombies react to where you hit them. Shoot them in the shoulder and their shoulder will fly back, then you will curse your terrible aim and take another shot.

Non Zombie AI

What does that mean? Well there are plenty of things in (or will be in) The Dead Linger with AI that aren't zombies.

Like animals.

Today on @thedeadlinger: Turning rabbits into cubes.
— Zag (@geoffkeene) September 2, 2015

It is interesting to note that this time around, rabbits will have different AI than Deer. This was not true in the Unity version.

Oh, and there is also this chap, following a simple "Move To" command.

This is very basic, and probably won't be in update 3, but it lays the foundation for AI survivors. AI survivors will come in 3 flavors. "Friendly" "Neutral" and "Fuck you and everything you stand for".

That almost wraps up this week's weekly dead, except for this part about pain effects.

The screen flashes red when hit, but only for a second, unless you are being hit repeatedly.

The above image is what your screen looks like when your health is low.

As always, be sure to follow us on twitter @TheDeadLinger for more development news!

Linger on, Survivors!

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September 3

UE4 Zombie Kill Test - Minivlog

Hello Survivors!
New video is up. Geoff shot some zombies and recorded it.

UE4 Update 3 - Zombie Killing Test [Minivlog]

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

    • 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
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Early Access Review
Wait a long time, game is still in a poor state. Wait before buying the game
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Early Access Review
I don't know what to say. More than two years in Alpha and... no progress whatsoever. As a matter of fact, I'm almost certain this game has actually gotten worse since I first purchased it.

I just finished playing a short session this evening and the most fun I had was when I found a bicycle in an abandoned garage. I rode around the empty streets and pretended I was playing Paperboy 3D. I had to imagine throwing newspapers at the abandoned houses though since this game has no mechanics implemented yet that would allow a player to actually do anything remotely that fun. I suppose the occasional zombie here and there could have provided a challenging obstacle to my imaginary paper route however, if they moved faster than the average tortoise that is.

Oh well, maybe another two years in Alpha and this will all change and the devs will actually turn this mess into an actual videogame...

... nah.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Early Access Review
Bought the game 3 years ago, and managed to do 1.5 hours during that time... This is garbage. Haven't been paying atention for a long time, and checking back now it turns out they changed the engine AGAIN, and the world is no longer procedurally generated?

'Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops'... Sort of expected the 'develops' part to actually happen, Early Access!
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Early Access Review
I've been with this game for 2-3 years now, and I must say to you, whether you're interested in buying this game or not I should tell you not too. The game is apparently ran by an ignorant company owner who was given complete control over sandswept by his father and basically half of the kickstater funds are going towards the ''19 Year olds'' paycheck, that's right, he's 19.

See the problem?, he's taking more of the funding process to fill his wallet then to actually put it towards the game. Two employee's weren't even being payed at sandswept. This game won't ever be finished all, it'll either be dead within a year or two, or all of the employee's will quit and head off to better companys.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Early Access Review
This game remind me of my childhood, so many ambitions and hopes, all systematically crushed by age. The more I play this game, the more I realize it is just a mockery of my adolecent life. This game is like HIV, you don't like it, but you wanted sex, now, you can't get rid of it, and just like waiting for a cure, you hope that one of these years the developers will finally work on core gameplay, but no, instead they decide to add 100 broken ♥♥♥♥ing features that one body wants. It's like when prince charming used his layer restriction spell on me, but Shrek never came to save me, regardless I pray and hope that he does. Just like I pray and hope that the developers of this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game commit suicide, or at least give me a refund for wasting 7.5 hours of my life, waiting shrek to ♥♥♥ in my face, but all i get is onion juice. Maybe i'm just too hasty, maybe I expect too much, maybe I want the whole shaft, but maybe all I deserve is the tip. ♥♥♥♥A ♥♥♥♥ THIS ♥♥♥♥ING GAME!! SUCH ♥♥♥♥♥!!
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