The Dead Linger is the definitive zombie apocalypse survival horror experience! Set in a planet-sized, procedurally generated world, survivors learn to fight, run, and survive against the never-ending and relentless zombie hordes.
User reviews: Mixed (993 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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September 19

The Weekly Dead 18



Hello Survivors!

The Weekly Dead is here with zombies, shaders, and things. Go read.

http://www.thedeadlinger.com/archives/4358

Linger on, Survivors!

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September 12

The Weekly Dead 17



Hey Survivors!

The Weekly Dead is out!

Lots of changes to our build cycles. Have a look:

http://www.thedeadlinger.com/archives/4276

Linger on, Survivors!

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About This Game

The Dead Linger is the definitive zombie apocalypse survival horror experience! Set in a planet-sized, procedurally generated 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 planet-sized 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!
  • And a whole lot more to come as we roll out updates!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • 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
438 of 500 people (88%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Spawned near a farmhouse, found an assault rifle and some ammo, left the farmhouse and went to a small suburban neighborhood. Sun started to set, made a campfire in the upstairs bathroom. Left house through garage, found a bike, rode bike towards another set of houses. Parked bike in the garage of a house, scavenged for food, looked out window saw 50+ zombies heading towards the back of the house. Blocked back door with a couch, zombies decided to come through front door. Tried moving couch in a panic, couldn't move couch, jumped through window a ran for bike. Got bike stuck between two trashcans in garage. Got swarmed by zombies, got off bike and ran. Found a water tower decided to climb to loose the zombies, more zombies came. Shot said zombies, ran out of ammo, jumped off watertower, survived. Got mauled by 4 dogs and 50+ zombies.
Posted: June 21
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171 of 219 people (78%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Great game. It's a bit rough in it's current shape but give it a year tops and it'll be the best zombie survival game ever. So now you're probably asking "then why buy now?" Well the price is gonna increase later on and this company is an indie company. They fund this game with only the sales from it. So if you buy now you will fund the game aswell! Great company. Great soundtrack. Great Game. Get it!
Posted: March 28
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55 of 74 people (74%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Really happy with this game. very good for an alpha however it does need many updates to improve it, once all the updates are out this game will be the zombie survival game we've all been waiting for!!!!! although I do think the zombified dogs shouldnt be in the game as for me for some reason it takes a little realism out of the game ( I know im complaining about realism on a zombie game ) but i just feel the zombified dogs are not needed but overall this game is very good and has good potential
Posted: June 10
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I first saw this game quite some time ago and was immediately put away by how utterly ugly it looked.
Today I was just simply looking for more open-world games to buy and stumbled upon this again. Let me just say that I didn't even recognize it.

So far, I'm really enjoying it. Guns and ammo are too plentiful, but it's always a treat to hunt for green and blue rarity items. (just found a Mosin!) For this being in Alpha, it really shows a lot of promise. Developers are also quite nice and active, as I could tell from creating a thread asking about unloading guns and got a response shortly after from a dev.

Overall, yes, I'd recommend. But only buy the game if you're willing to wait for a lot of features.
Posted: June 29
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50 of 89 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
First off, don't let the red thumb fool you.
This game's future is looking very cool and at it's current state (Build 14) it's very atmospheric and you can get lost in the world for hours. The weapons that I've tried so far feel fluent and the controls are pretty good. The only gripes I have with this game is what it has to offer at this moment, it's fun but it's early, I absolutely love this game but in later stages it probably will be better experience when there's more cities, vehicles, and just more stuff to explore and find out. Something else that kinda annoys me is that I play my games on a laptop and with most to almost all the settings turned off or down at a 90 FOV rate I get about ~21 FPS even while near houses, barnes, and fields. And finally, the next isn't a complaint at all, and it's a good thing for most people but the world sizes are HUGE which makes it very boring to just walk around and do nothing while having no clue where anything is and I would love it if in future builds there was other NPC people such as bandits, other survivors, etc. who you could find walking or just riding a vehicle and they could give you directions or just open fire at you. Another thing that I should mention is the pop-ins, currently alot of zombies can just walk through stuff and will never stop following you no matter how far you go, I'm fine with all the things I've listed above considering it's alpha. Finally, (for real this time) a really cool feature about this games is just the buildings (cities, houses, etc.) themselves, they feel very alive and vibrant despite nobody being present in them.
tl:dr:this game is looking like it's going to be one of the best zombie survival games out there but it's early and while you can do alot already, don't expect it to be at it's best development stage the second you buy it.
Posted: July 2
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