It's one year after the collapse of civilization and self-centered hedge fund manager Joe Wheeler emerges from his specially constructed bunker in search of food. This is a huge open-world RPG where you have the freedom to play how you want - but your choices have consequences.
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Very Positive (37 reviews) - 81% of the 37 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jan 30, 2015

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July 7

Survivalist is now in French!

The new patch is now live! The main addition is a French translation, thanks to some dedicated community members: Raphaël and Jean-Charles!

It's also got a bunch of fixes to little bugs that I didn't want to leave in there, as I really hope it'll be the last patch - or at least the last major one, not including translations - so I can properly get on with making a sequel. But we'll see.

Here's the changelist:

  • Added French Translation!
  • Attempted to make notifications less intrusive (especially in multiplayer)
    Allow the player to reload sooner after they've fired (especially with sniper rifle)
  • Shadow map glitch fix
  • Fix for 'Don't Starve' awardment being given for empty communities or when player didn't do anything
  • Slightly decreased sensitivity of mouse when switching targets
  • Fix for ragdoll jitter when characters in pillboxes get shot
  • When a building containing gold gets destroyed it leaves the gold behind in rubble, so you can't fail the Money quest
  • Fix for panting and heartbeat not being affected by volume setting
  • RPG projectile sound fix
  • Fix dialog in Tom and Butch quest that didn't make sense if one of them started off dead
  • Give skill progress for repairing or demolishing buildings, planting crops, and watering plants at level 0
  • Make it possible to demolish buildings from defeated communities
  • Pause the music when minimised in Windows
  • Prevent co-op players from using cheats by default, enable it with an option
  • Fix for bug where someone with followers getting supplies could get into a state where they stand around doing nothing
  • Some fixes to combat AI
  • Some possible fixes for reported crashes

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July 2

New patch in Public Beta Branch - includes French Translation!

I've put a new patch in the "publicbeta" branch for testing - if I don't hear of any major problems I'll make it live in a few days. The main addition is a French translation, thanks to some dedicated community members: Raphaël and Jean-Charles!

It's also got a bunch of fixes to little bugs that I didn't want to leave in there, as I really hope it'll be the last patch - or at least the last major one, not including translations - so I can properly get on with making a sequel. But we'll see.

Here's the changelist:

  • Added French Translation!
  • Attempted to make notifications less intrusive (especially in multiplayer)
    Allow the player to reload sooner after they've fired (especially with sniper rifle)
  • Shadow map glitch fix
  • Fix for 'Don't Starve' awardment being given for empty communities or when player didn't do anything
  • Slightly decreased sensitivity of mouse when switching targets
  • Fix for ragdoll jitter when characters in pillboxes get shot
  • When a building containing gold gets destroyed it leaves the gold behind in rubble, so you can't fail the Money quest
  • Fix for panting and heartbeat not being affected by volume setting
  • RPG projectile sound fix
  • Fix dialog in Tom and Butch quest that didn't make sense if one of them started off dead
  • Give skill progress for repairing or demolishing buildings, planting crops, and watering plants at level 0
  • Make it possible to demolish buildings from defeated communities
  • Pause the music when minimised in Windows
  • Prevent co-op players from using cheats by default, enable it with an option
  • Fix for bug where someone with followers getting supplies could get into a state where they stand around doing nothing
  • Some fixes to combat AI
  • Some possible fixes for reported crashes

You can help test it by doing the following:
  • Right-click on Survivalist in your Steam library and click Properties
  • Go to the Betas tab
  • Select publicbeta on the drop-down where it asks you what beta you want to opt in to
  • You may need to restart Steam to get it to update
  • PLEASE NOTE: any savegames you make with this branch will not be compatible if you switch back to the main branch. So don't overwrite anything that's important to you! Also if you play online co-op, all players need to be on the same branch.
If you find any problems, please let me know! You can post a reply to this news post or email me or post in the forums.

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Reviews

“I have to say I love this game. It’s a robust game filled with moral and physical obstacles while giving a grand look on the narrative of humanity and the choices we make.”
5/5 – The Indie Mine

“Survivalist has been compared, the developer admits, to State of Decay (published by Microsoft Studios and built on CryEngine 3), but I actually found Survivalist far more engaging and playable from the outset.”
4.5/5 – Indie Game Reviewer

“Survivalist is one of the most impressive XBLIGs ever produced....Survivalist is an intense experience, one of the most content-packed, feature-rich games on the indie channel. It is not to be missed.”
The XBLIG

About This Game

It's one year after the collapse of civilization and self-centered hedge fund manager Joe Wheeler emerges from his specially constructed bunker in search of food. This is a huge open-world Role Playing Game where you have the freedom to play how you want - but your choices have consequences. Your aim is to find other survivors, gain their respect, and build a community. You'll scavenge for supplies, trade, plant crops, go on quests, face moral dilemmas, go to war, and uncover dark, terrible secrets!

  • Innovative dialog system with characters that remember your actions and form their opinion of you accordingly.
  • Combines Action-RPG and Real-Time Strategy elements - you can take control of, or issue commands to, any character that joins your community.
  • Fast zombies and challenging combat that requires you to make use of all resources available to survive!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10-capable graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 160 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Uses the XNA Framework HiDef profile, which means it will run on any graphics card that is compatible with DirectX 10 or higher, and some but not all DirectX 9c ones. PLEASE NOTE: having a version of DirectX installed on your PC is not the same thing as having a graphics card that supports it! If in doubt play the demo.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10-capable graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 160 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: A mouse with a mouse wheel on the middle button is recommended (or an XINPUT gamepad). If in doubt, play the demo!
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Bullet Bill
15.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
Honestly, for the price... one of the best games you can get. I am very impressed with this individual Indie game, it fits my style :)
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PlayzAllGames
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Boxed a zombie to death 10/10 game
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Atech66
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
The reviews nailed it this time.
I sometimes take Steam reviews with a grain of salt.. I have had some really good games get flamed by people I am glad i purchased anyways and some games i disliked a great deal get positive reviews.
This game got many excellent reviews and I am glad i listened.
It is a really well made game that shows thought and dev love for it in its play.
The Graphics are not top notch 3D modeling but who cares.. its one of those games that you get involved in and not just play.
I would highly recommend it to any fan of the genre.
Well done and a steal for the price.
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tsw62305
16.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
I paid for the game thinking it would be a better gaming experience than the free version out there but I am very disappointed.

This game never wants to start, it keeps telling me that it is already running when it is not.
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The Fitness Graham Pacer Test
14.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
Many Trash, Such Bad, Don't Buy -1/10
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Ice Rat™
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
running around with my friend. zombies are parkour experts. guns dont actually shoot the zombies. when you die, you lose an hour of progress

10/10

made me want to kill myself
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Jesta Qwky
10.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Current version of the game... it cuts frame rate in half for a long period of time every time you save, and sometimes even when you're just opening the inventory and such. I write this review while my game sits on a seemingly unending loading screen instead of taking me to my start menu it took me to a loading screen?
And I'm hearing gun fire.. which suggests it's still running while I have this indefinite loading screen. This is not alpha, it's a fully released game.

Do I think it's fun? Yes. On that note would I recomend it? No.

It's far too laggy with too many annoyingly pointless effects. For example the menu doesn't just open, it all peices together quickly but what's the point of having a flashy start menu? And every option you hover over pulses on top of already changing color! Getting past that... this game feels to me what I was expecting from Project Zomboid and didn't get. Just wish the lag wasn't so bad.

My PC can run ARK on max with out a melt down and still rocking almost 60 fps. And I can't save on a tiny game with out dropping me to 30? Jeezus.
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Fakku
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
it's an epic game, i've played it in offline mode.
don't let the appeariance fool you, give it a try
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Urologists
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
What a nicely designed strategy game where every decisions you make matters to the storyline.
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firstprincipal
61.5 hrs
Posted: August 22
Cheap with a good pace. Several hours of fun for your bucks.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I never wrote a review here before, but this game is truly a hidden gem! The gameplay is a very satisfying blend of rpg and strategy (I found it somewhat reminiscent to the Jagged Alliance series). But in this game, the world is much more open-ended and realistic. For example, it seems as though it is theoretically possible to recruit almost any NPC to join you by making certain decisions and using certain items. After the initial, classic-rpg small-group portion of the game, you also start to build your own town, complete with shacks, outhouses, defenses, and corn. The balance of finding items to survive early on and eventually having to make your own is very well done. As you start to manage a larger group of survivors you can also make use of automated commands such as "collect materials", "farm" or "guard" that give portions of the game a sort of apocalyptic Sims feel. In terms of gameplay, I found fighting zombies annoyingly hard, but using auto-combat mode basically turns it into more of a pure strategy game. Fighting other people, though, the computer interestingly does not do so well, so I manually control my survivors then. There are a few weaknesses I'll list below, but overall this is the best $3 I've ever spent and I hope the developers will produce many more games in the future!

Pros: Great blend of rpg/strategy, gritty and realistic post-apocalyptic environment, recruit many survivors, build you own town, multiple endings, nice survival balance
Cons: Graphics are a bit simplistic, some NPCs look the same, zombies bite too much unless you use auto-combat, no way to fast-forward through sleeping or resource collecting, music is just alright

Overall: Great indie game, one of the best I've ever played, highly recommend!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I didn't think I'd like this game but I looove it. 7/10
Features include:
*Building a community, pretty much werhever you want really, but the game recommends you stay in a huge, defendable canyon
*Scavenging food, water, bandages and luxuries to help improve you rrelations with your fellow survivors
*Ability to recruit tons of survivors in the game, though recruiting means you have to do a lot of work or give gifts to them first
*You can command survivors to do things, like scavenge certain resources from a building, defending from towers or pillboxes, or farming, which lasts untill you tell them to stop
*Fun, exciting, but difficult quests that give some much needed color to this barren apocalypse
*No loading screens except for loading, launching and jumping into your last save takes less then half a minute
* You can beat bandits or other camps and force survivors to join you


I really love playing this game and would recommend this to anyone, so they can get obsessed like me, however, there are some things that I'm not crazy about and hope they fix or add in the future, I'd play it all the time if they did already.


Features I don't really like:
*The main character is pretty bland and uncustomizable, you play as Joe Wheeler, a wealthy man who hid away for a year from the zombie apocalypse in his own private bunker but now has to leave to find more food and resources
*The entire map is pretty much a gigantic desert, though the locations are very interesting, being able to find a nice bit of green or a lake to settle near would be nice
*Zombies are very powerful for some reason and some, even thought they're just individual zombies, will soak up dozens of your survivor's bullets, even with headshots
*Leveling up skills takes forever, and some ou'll need to go out and find books that give you a bonus to that so you can actually use that skill, and then level up while using the book,
*There actually aren't that many items in the game. There's canned food, chips, corn, bottled water, wood and chicken wire and cement, which makes up 80% of the items you need to gather in the game
*No way to carry more stuff without backpacks, with the second largest backpack in the game, and just a pistol, you'll only be able to carry about 2 planks of wood; the survivors will only walk when you tell them to go gather resources, and you'll eventually have to go further and further away from camp, which is dangerous and can take about a half hour in real time to get maybe a dozen planks
*Most of the time survivors will just stand around not really doing anything but complain, it'd be nice if there were more jobs to give, like cook, repairman, lumberer, doctor, rancher or miner
*No customization at all
*No animals at all
*Corn is the only thing you can farm, but there's never enough of it
*Survivors can't last longer then a real life hour going out questing as they need rest and eat and drink
*Your community can grow up to the dozens, but there's only one way to switch characters, by cycling through them one by one
*You can swap characters, but if your main character, Joe dies, game over,
*The main characters starts out pretty much useless and you'll even have to swap characters because people will naturally not like Joe's personality or because Joe doesn't know how to hammer a fence
*Equipping your survivors with a gun, bullets and a bulletproof vest takes up most of their inventory, leaving no room for loot
*Bulletproof vests are the only protection you can wear
*Switching, between your building's inventories and the survivors in it can be confusing
*No categories to make searching inventories easier, like "Food and Water" "Weapons and Ammo" "Construction Materials"
*There will be times that you get stuck, you'll have the people; not the food, you'll have the weapons; not the survivors, or you'll feel like you have everything you need but your useeless diabetic friend needs more insulin which is expensive as hell and currency is really hard to find
*You can only build two types of fences and gates and towers, and one pillbox, one type of house, and outhouses
*It's implied you should keep everything in your bunker but that makes it very difficult to find what you're looking for, the only real option would be storing things in different houses
*You can't negotiate peace in some cases, and some achievements want you to recruit some peoeple, which will either die or end up hating you for finishing quests you need to do.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Survivalist. Just your normal top-down zombie shooter, right? Well, you couldnt be more wrong. You may look at the trailer and think: It has everything i want and more, quests, building, storyline. But, just like any other survival game, you'll get everything in a couple nights then be bored with it after. No, this is'nt just a survival game. There are Three different endings, an amazingly interesting storyline about how the outbreak began and more, So many different items, a constant challege with looters and zombies, you can shape your own story, Build a huge a** base and recruit everyone if you please, and best of all: You can literally do whatever you want. Whatever! Go ahead, kill a whole village! You dont like Isham Seely? Kill em off! You love the Fat Neils but hate the McCoys? Burn em to the ground! Now you may be thinking:, if i can just kill a whole village like that, what fun would it be? Wheres the challege? Well young one, killing a whole village would be extremly difficult. Thats why the possiblites with this game never end! You just cant get bored! Now you may think, how am i going to afford this game? It has to be 60$ or more with all this juicy content! No. Its 6$. I was rubbing my eyes when i saw the price too. Now i could go on and on about how great this game is, with all its missions and possiblites, but ill make you buy the game and play it yourself right here. Get your credit card ready.

In a way its Skyrim because of its freedom and possiblites.

Its also GTA because of its many weapons and many different characters.

Its dungeons and dragons because it has so. many. items. And, enemies.

Its binding of isaac because of the challenge.

its the Civilization series because of its huge map and exploration.

Its Civilization again because of its awesome building system and having to manage your people.

Its the sims because of the many skills you can level up in.

And finally, i couldnt find many games that have this feature. But ill go with FarCry because its so story rich. And, has different endings. (At least in FarCry 3.)

Although all these games are so different from eachother, if they had a child it would be Survivalist. Even though i havent mentioned everything in survivalist, i hope you'll buy it. Being the owner of 400+ games (Including steam family sharing), it is one of the best games i have every played. Great job to Creator of this masterpiece. Now, time for you and me to clock in some hours on this game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Product received for free
Survivalist is an open world RPG best played with friends, to enjoy the Zombie apocalypse together in a cozy bunker and provide to your little community. Without other players it is possible to give tasks to the different characters that can be recruited, and I was surprised to see that the AI did a good job managing them.

The different systems for survival are logical and work well, without being too hardcore to be a hassle. Survival is definitely not a constant chore as in Don't Starve.

Killing a Zombie is easy... Except when there starts to be more of them. Shooting is not too fast, it's not a shoot'em'up, but it still works well enough to balance fun and tension, especially when it becomes possible to aim specific body parts.

Just don't expect too deep. Not much is said about each characters, they just all have enough to be different, Overall it's a light take on The Walking Dead, free for you to express your own story.

The graphics seem a bit poor at first, but once again this is very functional as the zoomed-in/portrait camera allows to give more personality than a top-down view would do alone, and ends up being quite endearing.

To conclude, Survivalist managed to be enjoyable to me despite not liking survivals and RPGs. I found that it is because all its systems are very functional. Everything is well done, a perfect balance between easy and difficult. Enough complexity without being unforgiving and annoying.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Made me wish half-pound bags of chips existed in real life.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
97.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
people expecting too much from a game that costs 3.99
only problem i've encountered are corrupt saves but that is mostly my fault
good game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Cheap with a good pace. Several hours of fun for your bucks.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
What a nicely designed strategy game where every decisions you make matters to the storyline.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
The reviews nailed it this time.
I sometimes take Steam reviews with a grain of salt.. I have had some really good games get flamed by people I am glad i purchased anyways and some games i disliked a great deal get positive reviews.
This game got many excellent reviews and I am glad i listened.
It is a really well made game that shows thought and dev love for it in its play.
The Graphics are not top notch 3D modeling but who cares.. its one of those games that you get involved in and not just play.
I would highly recommend it to any fan of the genre.
Well done and a steal for the price.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Walked for five real-life hours trying to find a camp before i realized i could speed up in-game time.

10/10 would waste five hours walking in a barren desert again
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