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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Release Date: Jan 30, 2015

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October 2

New patch with French Improvements

Raphael has been going through the game double-checking the French translation and he's given me a big list of improvements. These are now available in the latest patch!

Aside from that there are a few fixes for bugs that people reported to me. I've also increased the online co-op prediction timeout (that's how long it takes to display a message saying "Waiting for player..." if it isn't receiving any network messages from them) in the hopes of making it a better experience on slower connections - I'm not sure how much that helped though. Survivalist is a bit unusual in that it uses the "deterministic lockstep" networking model (due to having a large number of AI characters running at once), and I think it's actually okay on slower connections but bad on choppy connections where packets get lost.

Here's the full changelist:

  • Improved French translation.
  • Fixed 'Missing' quest getting stuck if Rachael dies during the 'El Dorado' quest.
  • Fix for not being able to reply to characters if they ask you for food.
  • Fix for crash on some PCs when alt-tabbing.
  • Fix for end of trail running quest sometimes not triggering.
  • Increased online co-op prediction timeout from 1 to 5 seconds.
  • Fixed crash when Joe gets zombified if he dies in online co-op and you leave the game running
  • Fixed a couple of rare crashes

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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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“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.”

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

    • 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.
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
This game doesn't look pretty, but it gets the job done, I'll give it a 9/10 considering the developer did this by himself with a shoestring budget, and the game is 5 dollars.

This is probably one of the best survivally games I have played, Imagine if state of decay had a great, robust orders system with an ai squad system and gave you full control over all your guys, thats this game.

The game is basically a rough diamond. The animations a bit janky, the lack of a down/revive system means your allies that you need to keep alive long term can just get permakilled at random in combat, but the game has community management, base building, skill improvement, and a pretty great story, as well as character relationship systems.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
The combat mechanics kill this game! Basically combat in this game can be summed up as: walking along and a lightning fast zombie charges you from of in the fog of war and instantly attacks you giving you little to no time to react, aim, or even properly defend yourself which turns this into an instant button mashing game. Fix the combat system, or at least offer a setting to adjust it, and you might have a decent zombie game here.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
So I've played a lot of this game and it's pretty basic but that's kind of what makes it addictive and for the price I paid (I got this on sale so it was about £2) I was very happy with it. What is both a pro and a con is that the game is quite long and I'm yet to complete it. So i'm at a point where I've played nearly 30 hours and still haven't completed it, feeling a bit bored of it but still want to know the ending, but then again if it hadn't been as long it would have been disappointing as this is a game you will probably only play once. I haven't tried the multiplayer feature though which does look good. Another pro is the map is pretty huge which I personally like. Overall, yeh i'd say you should buy this game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
85.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Very good value for money. A game where your choices ACTUALLY do make a difference.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Surprisingly good for a cheap game. Soundtrack gets repetetive quick so I play my own playlists but the sound effects and overall mechanics are ♥♥♥♥ing solid. 8/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Alice: "I feel really guilty for killing [Isham]."

Me IRL: "Jesus, Alice, I'm REALLY SORRY, but I kinda forgot to give you a damn."

But in all seriousness, this game is pretty fun. It's a game that is somewhat like Rebuild, except every character is unique.


The game is quite hands-on in comparison to Rebuild; You can control each seperate character, and everyone has seperate inventories which means that if you want to keep people alive, you can't just plonk down some farms.
You'll need to grab it all, and protect it, and just generally keep it afloat. Looters will find your people, or you will find their camps, and then they'll rob you, and it's not a case of "SHOOT 'EM, BE A HERO". Do that only if you enjoy shotguns and snipers to the chest.

But I've raved about nothing. :p Just look around; The game isn't to everyone's taste.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
I paid about $2.99 for the game and I have about 9 hours on it.

Although there are many zombie games that involve base-building and scavenging supplies out there, Survivalist still remains a unique and enjoyable game to play.

One problem, as you can guess from my relatively short time spent in this game, is replayability. For the $3 that I paid I wouldn't penalise the game too much, but sadly once you're done with the game then there isn't much of a purpose to come back to it. Most missions can only be completed in pretty much the same way. The towns and resources are all pre-set (as far as I can tell), not dynamically generated, so exploration isn't a draw.

Because of the lack of replay value, the game's limited time for a playthrough is also puzzling. One character in the game has a medical condition and is reliant on a constant supply of medication. This forces the player to complete the game within a certain timeframe as the supply is limited. While certainly such a mechanic introduces urgency, it also serves to shorten the game. I would have preferred the option to build and explore, instead of being so rushed.

But Survivalist does some things very well. Exploration is actually interesting, with towns being varied enough to make cars and houses worthwhile to explore. You find things where you would reasonably expect them, such as water from a water tower (duh). There is also an automated retrival system, where you can use NPCs you recruit to haul supplies back for you. This offers a nice solution to the tedious task of resource retrival that other zombie survival games fall short on.

NPCs are probably another strong feature of Survivalist. Whereas most other games of the genre simply feature the sole survivor versus other zombies, Survivalist gives you NPC helpers. Some of them are decently fleshed out and created, while others have no significant backstory. The presence of NPCs helping you out makes for a much more interesting game, because it allows for an actualy plot beyond "don't get eaten". Getting a quick message from a NPC that they are being attacked will cause me to drop what I'm doing and sprint back to base, because I sort of actually care about what happens to them.

Co-op play is another area that has been getting more attention from the Devs. I tried one session, which was okay. Dropped in and took over a character. Started running off to find supplies for the base. Played for maybe half an hour until the other person logged off. It's still not a very deep system and because I couldn't figure out how to communicate with the other player (say to figure out which resources I ought to be collecting) it was rather strange.

Overall, Survivalist seems like a great work-in-progress game that (very importantly) carries a price like a work-in-progress game. Although the content could be expanded, the underlying concept is fun and solid.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This is the game I would make about the zombie apocalypse, if I were living on a planet where other video games had never been invented. It has a fantastic concept and scope, but is badly handicapped by a clumsy interface and graphics out of the 90s. The fairly extensive author tract about how Christians are stupid and evil is kind of annoying as well.

Even at $5, it's only a buy if you are a fan of zombies or sandboxy survival games.

2/5 Stars
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
in all honesty i have put a few hours in this game maybe 30 hours hoenstly. and i DO want to play this game more as i like its THEME. and i like the fact the developer seems to still be working on the game being in complete staus. i honestly think the developer should make mod tools and let the community of steam takeover then integrate VERY commona nd VERY beloved steam mods into the game. because a small team can only do so much. but an entire community can do ALOT. and it will bring this game forward in a very positive way. looka t arma 3 without the community it would be a dead game. this game is EXTREMELY dead. and i am a big fan for mods.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
104.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
This game is well worth the money. It's a lot of fun and can be very challenging.
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7.5 hrs
Posted: October 25
This is a really really good apoc zombie community building game, freedome of movement and full capacity to have each member of the community serve as you wish.

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2.5 hrs
Posted: October 25
Love this game so far get it you know you have that collection of steam cards worth like $50 so sell $5 worth and get this game
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27.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
Unbelievable value for money! I wouldnt have had a grudge paying a £10 or more for this title. Zombies, base building, scavenging, team recruitment and a whole host of unique missions allow you to make your mark on the wasteland. The map is deceptively huge and it seems to have hours and hours of game time here. Combat can range from the routine scuffles with a single zombie or 2/3 roving marrauders to warring with a rival group of ten or a huge roaming pack of the undead. Gaining the trust of character's allows you to recruit them to your gang after performing individual tasks and slowly you begin to build up a pretty mighty squad to guard your ever expanding compound. All sorts of individual personalities and abilities mean particular characters are needed in order to achieve your goals; some can carry heavier loads of materials while others are more personable with greater chance of successful negoatiation. I see others have given it positive reviews with many caviates but I assume these have all been cleared up by now because I really can't say enough about how great a gem this is. Anyone who has a problem with a game of this calibre for £3.99 i think is entirely unreasonable. You'd pay the same for the old Mega Drive games on Steam and this is no Mega Drive standard of game. Excellent work and easily one of my favorite games of the year. 10/10 I can't actually think of a single time I was playing this game and thought Hmmm, I would have changed this or that.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
no Just no
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9.2 hrs
Posted: October 19
Nice game. especially for its price
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Mr. Blonde
81.0 hrs
Posted: October 11
Awesome game!! For 5 bucks, you can't go wrong.
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