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.
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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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October 24

The Weekly Dead 23

Hello Survivors!

I had been debating on whether or not I should post a blog today, but that might send you all into a craze thinking Build 15 will be releasing today if I didn't.

I know, I know.../cry

It's been an incredibly busy last couple of weeks for all of us here at Sandswept. We're fully submerged in this build and we're not coming up for air until everything is fully ready! (Deep Blue Sea is playing in the background as I type this.) Now while I can't promise exact dates, we're aiming to release Build 15 by Halloween, no ifs or buts! We're also predicting two major hot fixes post build at the very least. So that means Build 15 will be in your hands first and the hotfixes shortly following after.

Here's a bit of a peek at our internal timeline of things to come:
Hopefully Zag doesn't feed me to the zombies for this.

Steam Uploader Tool (This thing is looking awesome!)
Build 15: New Blood
Hotfix15a: High Priority
Hotfix15b: Medium/Low Priority
3D Watertower Tool. (Yes, I said 3D!)

That's all I can say for now. I need to get back to making you guys an awesome build page!

And just in case you missed our Build 15 Sneak Peek stream:

Linger on, Survivors!

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October 21

Build 15 "New Blood" Sneak-Peek

Hey Survivors!

Just a quick blog post to bring you Geoff’s Build 15 sneak peek stream! We’ve uploaded it to YouTube this time, so no need to panic!

Big thanks to those who joined us in chat and kept us company with questions and silliness!

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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

    • 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
24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The Dead Linger is a game I've been on the middle with for a long, long time. First let me say, the reason why this is a no isn't because it's bad - but because progress is so painfully slow and small. The game - if completed with all promised features - will be a fantastic one for any zombie survival enthusiast.

I have been in the community since the original kickstarter, so don't let the 100 minutes of playtime fool you. The Dead Linger has promised such a large amount of things that it's becoming hard to believe it will happen. The basic game functions are there: looting, building, barricading, food, et cetera. Even the multiplayer isn't half bad, being fairly optimized with little lag. But we get a large update approximately four to five times a year. And these large updates usually include small fixes and one partially implemented game mechanic.

However, it should be said that updates STILL happen - and we are even kept informed on these updates (Screen shots, information, weekly blogs from the devs, et cetera.) This isn't quite like the other indie games that got so popular and so much money at the beginning that the devs just half ♥♥♥ things. They are trying and it's obvious the amount of effort they put into it.

Personally, I recommend not buying this unless you are a complete and total early access person like I am. This game is, to me, a 50/50 chance of turning out how we wanted or not. So for now, I do not recommend it to anyone who wants a game that definitely has a future.

Check out Project Zomboid for now if you want a good survival zombie game (Although it's not 1st person.)
Posted: October 18
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
First spawned in a small town where I ran into a home for shelter against the zeds, I found a shotgun inside along with some food and a jacket. Left to scavenge for other useful things, I ended up finding more shotgun ammo along with a crossbow before getting trapped inside the house by a horde, used couches and refrigerators to barricade myself inside but had to escape through the top window. I cut down a couple trees with my hatchet while exhausting the rest of my crossbow ammo, the horde managed to catch up to me and I had to leave the town via bicycle where I found another horde that made the other one look like a joke, fled to a nearby forest where I made a fireplace before being caught and devoured by the horde that surrounded me in a ring of death.
would spawn again
Posted: October 4
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I bought this game on Feb.04.2013, way before it hit Steam and before the engine switch from Ogre to Unity and have followed it closely eversince. Unfortunately I really cannot recommend this game anymore to anyone. It's promise after promise; only to be followed by excuse after excuse.

Back in 2013, when they were switching engines (wich took 6 months without updates) we were told that after the engine change they could dish out content faster, unfortunately that didn't happen. Then the game went to Steam, and again it was promised that more updates would arrive faster. Again it didn't happen. And that's just 2 examples, to be honest I can't count anymore how many times we were promised something (be it an update, more content etc.) only to be followed by an excuse as to why they didn't deliver.

That's what you can expect from Sandswept Studios, promises, promises, promises followed by an inevitable excuse. I feel bad having to give this game a negative review and honestly I WANT the game to succeed, I really do! But at this point all I have seen is excuses and very, very little progress on the game.

I understand it's a small team and that's why I gave them the benefit of the doubt eversince I bought the game in Feb. 2013. However at it's current state, there isn't much gameplay at all, the performance is horrible and the bugs and crashes are even worse. That would be alright for an early access game if issues actually got fixed and content and gameplay was being added. But the updates are too few and too far between to have any meaning and nothing substantial gets fixed/added. At the rate it has been going, The Dead Linger will be finished in 2025.

If you are on the fence about buying The Dead Linger, I'd recommend to keep your money for now and wait a couple of months. You will see exactly what I mean about promises and excuses. If, by then, you are still interested, then by all means buy it. But if you ask me there are far better things to spend your money on.
Posted: October 3
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Been following the game for awhile now and after a quick taste (Build 14).. it's not half bad. It does show promise and i'm at least not being killed for a hat and a can of beans. Oh, and i suck at getting headhsots with bows and guns like i would in real life.

The bike is my bestfriend. 10/10

-Not being shot for a can of beans or a hat
-Can run on my laptop
-atmosphere and the music really brings it all together
-Night time is creepy
-Zombies will always find/follow you (can be a con??? but builds on the creepiness)
-Build 14 does make it look better than previous builds #eyecandysaga
-Bikes are your friends
-plenty of loot

-Melee is as bad of an idea in this game as it is in DayZ (Don't do it)
-Random zombie spawning behind me inside buildings???
-Temporarily freezing when generating the next area (what i get for playing on a laptop)
-bugs and glitches #alpha (which aren't that bad. falling through the world isn't gamebreaking)
-needs more optimization although build 14 boosted performance a lot.
Posted: September 25
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Looks like crap, then I watched more, waited more and started to see potential in the game, It has the potential of being the greatest zombie game in gaming history. I love how it is set up and everything. Amazing devs, awesome game, its perfect. W

Played for a while, decided to stop, got back on next day, im under the map. Best game ever 15/10 -IGN
Posted: September 28
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
If you want to PLAY a zombie survival game RIGHT NOW ,I do not recommend this !
Gameplay is already awesome but ends withing 10 hours (maximum) ! Why :

Not because the game is not finished yet because the Dev's were developing other stuff:
- Changing the WHOLE ♥♥♥♥ING ENGINE
- Adding the first & very basic Crafting System (Hunting ,Logs ,Meat Cooking)
- Better melee combat ,a Quality/Fix Update ,the first vehicle ,a Dogzombie ,basic clothing !
- A Graphics Update (now the game does not look like ♥♥♥♥ anymore)
- ZOMBIE VARIATION WITH CLOTHING (Coming in Build 15 ,which should get released 3 days after my post)

When will a content Update come out ?
BUILD 16 (Citys ,Enemy Tanks & more...)

Why do I recommend this ?
This game has very high potential and there is nothink like this out there !
A infinite zombie survival world ,100% freedom ,0% Blocks and Mining ♥♥♥♥)
Get it 10$ cheaper xD ,this is an investigation !
Posted: September 30
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Ar the start it was a verry unpolished game but in the latter updates it got fun it was playable and it was new.
Posted: September 30
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
For an early Alpha this is a pretty good game. There is some signs of memory leaking and the game does seem hard to load at times, but the core features in the game now make up for that. The randomized chunk loading the game has is also very cool and makes this game different from the other zombie survivals out there.

Since this is an Early Access my thoughts on the game will change over the course of development but for now I can strongly recomend this game to anyone so it can get the support it needs to further grow.

I think the only major con is memory leaking, and the chunk loading system-(At times the way things are loaded really drains the performanec of the game), and the multiplayer needs a litle attention givin to it.- (Sometimes people cant open doors or pick up itmes on the mp side of the game)

***This review will change as development goes on)
Posted: October 9
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Review as of 22/10/2014

I have mix feelings about this game. It is kind of immersive but at the same time quite plain. The graphic are not even gmod standard and that game was released years ago. I get that it is still in alpha, but come on, lets be real here, its been slightly over a year since the launch of this game and it still feels like as if nothing was added. Sure there are many updates that added new stuff but that just shows how little content the game had when it was first released on steam.

I wish there was a neither option. I don't recommend the game but at the same time i hope it does well becasue right now, i think funding is probably the biggest issue for them right now. They need to get bettter graphics designers and staffs to optimize the game. The loading in-game is terrible but thats expected in the alpha stage. The combat feels stiff and unresponsive. The meelee is slow and sometimes i have to click twice for it to respond. The gun mechanics is pretty good. I like the idea of loading up the magazines and you literally need to fill each mag with bullets individually. So there's a bit of realism right there. However, the gun play is still stiff and so are the zombies. Their movement is really stiff and too easy to kill when you have a weapon. The need to reduce the amount of ammo loots you can find, or else everything becomes too easy. pretty much the minute you find a gun in the game, there is no point playing anymore because everything becomes a cake walk other then to explore the map. Area generation takes quite a while to load up, sometimes i walk over large areas of emptiness, only for everything to pop up suddenly and get attacked by dogs.

Because the game is still in Alpha, therefore i won't mention too much. They definitely need to add PVP into multiplayer. THe game has quite a lot of bugs and glitches that need to be addressed immediately to help improve gameplay experience. I wouldn't even mind waiting for an update that only focus on fixing bugs and glitches.

Overall, i rate this game a 4/10. Its a gamble to buy this game, but because of your investment in this game, it will help the development future of THE DEAD LINGER.
Posted: October 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is #3 on the Top 5 online survival horror games of 2014 for a reason. You can do the same things other games provide but have an actual chance making it in the world. Some Lingerer's have personalities that make them unique. They don't jump through walls, or hit you from a block away and you don't have to worry about people killing you (in your server) at the same time. Reason being, if you die, nobody can take the items off your body, only you can retrieve them, a brilliant idea from the minds of Sandswept. The Lingerers will climb, but say they are climbing the stairs to get to you in a house. Shut the door on the Lingerer's face and he's stuck outside banging on the door. The devs are always working on the game, they keep players more informed and up to date than other zombie games and their message is clear and the game allows the player to grow with it.
Posted: October 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Alright, this game is still taking it's baby steps, but for baby steps they are pretty damn good. The occasional bug and glitch is to be expected, but in my short time i didn't experience anything game-breaking. There isn't a whole lot to do, but by far my favorite part is the free-form barricading/building. Just get a hammer, some boards, and boom, you've got yourself a barricade. I hope this feature gets upgraded as well, especially since carrying one board at a time can be time consuming.

All in all, it's a game that is still in progress, so people expecting a ton of play-time can just wait until more updates come out, but i suggest buying it and supporting the game, because this game has a metric ♥♥♥♥-ton of great potential. Just give it time to blossom.

Oh, and I love the guy who does the update trailers, he's pretty funny. Hope that love life gets a bit more interesting for ya.
Posted: October 23
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
In it's current state this game doesn't have much to offer(being in alpha), but you can see the worlds of potential. The game devs see it too, as show by the developement roadmap. But if this game doesn't get the support it needs, that potential might not get realized. so if your on the fence about it, which many people are, just get it. It's only $20 that's not very much. Once they're done this game will be epic! It's just in its infancy at this point.

P.S. if you buy the game go to coordinates X:0,Y:0. The point of origin. :)

I'd like to add that I enjoy playing this game, even in this state. I'm not hoping I'll eventually like it, I already like it. So, Yeah! this is definitely going to be a great game.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
these devs are hard workers, fixing game-breaking bugs left and right (unlike DayZ which says "want vehicles and for zombies to stop going through walls? heres a pistol", and barricades work very well. id say 8/10, and in the next week, 9/10 for the new update.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Great job with the game so far, I am really looking foward to when there are trains, citie, bows and a whole lot more when you guys get to that point in development. Good job and keep doing what you are doing:)
Posted: September 30
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A great zombie survival game with a great potential and a great progress, it is worth buying to see how good it is becoming, you can also play with friends! just got my key to steam from backing i was playing on the standalone version.
Posted: October 18
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Lots of bugs for now but needs to be fixed
Needs better zombies all of them look the same
1st 2nd person view plz
the game is great but lags on servers
needs better houses,towns,cities
cant wait for next updates

Posted: October 1
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
As it stands right now as of 20-10-2014-@18:25 Build-14 then No.

My reasoning for this is because the lack of updates and the lack of decent content to see or interact with in the game world, Plus the overall general look and performance is overall poor "For Now That Is".
And also the Fact that some people dont understand how ALPHA testing works.

Please also bare in mind that this game is still very early into its ALPHA stage.

Personally !
I would recommend to buy it and sit on it untill the beta or the game gets more fleshed out.
As they say what more could you want at this stage for £15.00p bar the penny.

Also on a side note,
lets not forget that the guy's behind this game are really working hard to get the games look & feel right,
Hence the lack of weekly/monthly updates.

As well as the fact that the guy's are a really small team of dev's that are trying there darned hardest to get there dream realized and into the community.

Patience Is Key.
Buy now to get at a discount price,
Wait it out till the game gets more content.
Then buzzin youll have brought it for a relatively good price of 15 quid when it goes up.

One last thing,
Build 15 is due any time soon.
This build has got a number of things that the dev's have been working on & added from improvements overall to the graphics to performance issues sorted and a number of bugs crunched.

You can find this all out at there website below

Here you will find a lot of updates regarding to the games progress and work that they are currently trying to implement.
Cheers For Reading My Review.
Posted: October 20
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
It's still early in development and dealing with the expected issues at such stages, but it is definitely worth the buy. This one has a lot of potential and the developers have a good vision for it. Definitely worth supporting, if you enjoy the zombie survival genre.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
One of the best Zombie Survival Games you will find!!!
Posted: October 19
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Trying to have fun in this game is like trying to play outdoor sports in a torrential downpour of ♥♥♥♥. You try to focus on the positive and enjoy yourself but it's difficult while you're choking on the copious amount of human fecal matter flooding your mouth and lungs.
Posted: October 1
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