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As many of you already know we released our latest update while at the same time out in Florida setting up for ZombieFest which had 30,000 people. It was quite hectic and a few mistakes with updates but we got it out just in time to open the doors to the public.

We did not have the time we wanted to prepare the map and walking around the area we just created for Contagion we were not content with the missing textures and assets the map deserved to really fill it out but the residents of Downtown Lakeland in no way felt the same and were quite overjoyed at being able to walk around a virtual representation of the area they grew up in having been hit by the zombie apocalypse.

Now that we've got a lot of pictures, videos, and media on it's way from hundreds out there in Florida (all will be put together for a media update soon) we have the material needed to update the map and open up some of the interiors with waivers being signed and sent our way so that we can do the map justice. That being said we have had to put Lakeland on hold to focus on finishing up our first Free DLC Bundle so the entire team has and is still working on that now but with Lakeland now up on Official Server's here are some screens the update's changelog.






Contagion - Update October 8th Changelog:


  • Added new map CH_Lakeland (Hunted Game-Mode) for ZombieFest sponsored by Monochrome LLC
  • Added numerous assets for multiple maps
  • Replaced old assets with newer & better versions
  • Optimized, Fixed exploits, Bugs, and improved game-play for both Barlowe Square and Pioneer Express


We've got more on the way and again our focus is our Free DLC (which no won't be here for Halloween which is something we would have like to have done but would have been a rushed job which we try to avoid whenever possible) but still hope to have something special out there for our favorite Holiday!

Also now that we're back we've got the finale of our Official Contagion Web Comic so have a look as next week we will reveal Volume 4 "Discord" and will return to weekly FridayFrenzy's ːbashː

Official Contagion Comic - Chapter 3 :: Week 11 - Finale





We've got quite an exciting year to finish up and some incredible stuff to release. We have proven ourselves open to constructive criticism and will continue to stay involved with all of you to get your take on things as we progress. Updates will start to pick up shortly.



Be on the lookout for more DLC Teasers as we've only barely hinted at what's to come.

-The Contagion Team

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I've got an hour till I hit the airport so keeping this short. We're off to ZombieFest now where we'll be having "Big Tiny" from "The Walking Dead" as our special guest and running Contagion in our venue in Downtown Lakeland Florida for the event.



We also created a map specific to the event! CH_Lakeland is done and will be on Steam shortly and of course played in Lakeland itself at the event! DLC is still going strong so do not worry!



We'll be back on the 14th (15th after sleep) and look forward to sharing more of what we're up to.



Wish us luck!

-The Contagion Team

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I'm back Stateside after 13 years and already off to Florida on the 9th to setup for ZombieFest with the rest of the team and meeting up with our special guest Theodus "Big Tiny" Crane from "The Walking Dead" already have our plans to hang out after the event.

Should be fun to see Contagion on all those buses, billboards, light poles, radio, will be doing live talk show "The Daily Buzz" but before we go I really need to get some gaming in and it is Friday (not Saturday morning for me for the first time) and so FRIDAY FRENZY! We even have a new intro for our Youtube vids coming out shortly for it.

Come watch us play with the community and potentially win a free copy of Contagion for you or a friend!



We stream our Official Contagion "Friday Frenzy" and/or "Contagious Gaming" via our Twitch.Tv Account at- http://www.twitch.tv/tatsur0 every Friday @ 7:30PM PST/PDT (GMT- 7:00) -Click here for current time- and will pass out one or more free copies of Contagion during the Stream!

Like what you see? Grab a copy!



Expect some viewers to be in-game ghosting >:( heh lets have some fun.

-The Contagion Team

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Today's update may seem smaller than it really is which has more to do with a great deal of work than the lack there of. Since our July 31st/August 1st release our focus has been on the Free 1st DLC Bundle and the Core Game Mechanics much of which is still being prototyped and tested for upcoming releases.

There hasn't been a single day of inactivity and we may have some additional surprises coming your way. Even with me flying back home to the States to save the Company additional expenses and get me on a timezone to better run things with Alex Wright (COO) I already have a powerful NoteBook to continue my work and everyone knows what they're do. I will also be making my first public appearance via a popular Talk Show on October 10th, Sponsoring and Running a Large Venue with 32 high end machines in the center of ZombieFest (with possible special guest appearance), and I think we might hit up Universal and/or DisneyWorld (never been to Florida) the day before we return.

Our Changelog is missing a considerable amount of AI Code, Optimization to Code, and further steps towards including the features we've mentioned such as an improved and much needed lobby system for those not wanting to go through the trouble of setting up a server which requires the usual Port Forwarding and more or 3rd Party Lan related software, New Animation System for our MoCap Animations, Ranking, Unlockables, Stats, and cosmetic options for players.

I will not see my family for some time as we sort Immigration which means I will be lost in my work. This year is going to be a very exciting year!

Check out today's Update (Including additions that didn't make it in the Build Changelog Text)-

Contagion - Update September 14th Changelog:


  • Added new triggers and challenges to Biotec
  • Added new gates to CE_StoneCreek
  • Added new sounds to improve atmosphere and immersion
  • Improved Sound Zones
  • Optimized AI Code
  • Optimized Core Engine to boost Performance
  • Optimized a significant number of assets to improve quality of game-play
  • Optimized the following maps. CE_RoanokePD, CE_Biotec, CE_StoneCreek, and CE_BarloweSquare
  • Significantly improved Zombie Pathing & Nav Mesh in CE_RoanokePD,
    CE_Biotec, CE_StoneCreek, and CE_BarloweSquare
  • Removed dozens of Bugs, Exploits, and Glitches in CE_RoanokePD,
    CE_Biotec, CE_StoneCreek, and CE_BarloweSquare
  • Removed obsolete Sounds and other Assets
  • Rebuilt numerous Biotec and BarloweSquare Props to avoid issues with
    Players & AI
  • Fixed a number of scripts for more accurate and improved game-play


More updates coming and without the major delays!

Very soon we will be leaking more about the upcoming Free DLC as you may have caught some of that in the past. All 4 weapons are nearing release status, All 4 new characters are looking great (Manuel, Yumi, Mia, & Curtis), Both Maps again right on track, and Flatline is looking very promising. There are rumors of a release date and originally was planned for 3rd quarter but too many deaths, babies, and overhauls have led to delays. We have no doubt that we'll release before years end only our 1st Free DLC Bundle and we promised 2 but while we have an internal date we do not have a public ETA just yet.

I've mentioned this before but the Engine we're currently on has led to numerous brick walls when trying to do as something as simple as creating working Linux Binaries let alone Linux & Mac Platforms. It wasn't built for it but we have a few tricks up our sleeve to try and sort this out. If for any reason this does not pan out our only option is to update to a later Engine which considering the fact we gutted the original for the most part is not an easy task.

We are currently interviewing some of the best and brightest to either work it out or take up Valve's suggestion to move to a new Engine which will require some delicate coordination so that we can still update the existing Engine while building up on the new. No matter what happens our goal is to keep our promise and release on both Linux & Mac. We owe it to our fans but more importantly to those who made sure we hit that Stretch Goal! I rarely make promises so I never have to break em and I don't plan to break this one.

We highly recommend Linux and Mac users NOT purchase Contagion until this is sorted unless you're comfortable with Wine or Crossover.

Again I am flying back home and this will require a lot of effort to get setup with me passing my work to the team but not being as available as I've been with the community (I will do whatever I can to sort this out ASAP and maybe sooner than I expect). This includes our Weekly "Friday Frenzy" Twitch Stream & Giveaway. Some good news on that front is we've got an eager member of the team working out a SFM intro with a new music track specifically made for it when it will most definitely start back up and may even return with DLC in mind! For now please enjoy the latest Episode 31 (check out any else you missed as well as Contagious Gaming Playlist)!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49UHj7P1jUk

Expect a pretty epic year! Wish me a safe flight(s) and remember just cause I may not be around for a bit the team is still working day & night and your support has always kept us moving steadily forward!

-The Contagion Team

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It's finally here! We've created and released the Wwise Guide, Video Tutorials, Console Commands, Lists, and more for those using Workshop to create new maps for Contagion or would like to improve their existing maps!

Wwise proved to be considerably more adaptable and powerful a Sound System then the existing MILES Sound System and with the help of the information below, you can learn to use AudioKinetic's fantastic system yourself!

Contagion - Wwise Sound System Guide

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=311867564

Contagion - Wwise YouTube Tutorials

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcZ_48IdB2U&list=PLQg5Va4A__zyEsZzZFwgaeyOk7qBzC63k

Note: We will be working on Game-Mode tutorials ASAP but these take time so please be patient!

Not only that but we've just updated our Official Contagion WebComic as well and with this Chapter nearing it's end it's best to catch up on anything you missed!

Official Contagion Comic - Chapter 3 :: Week 10





Don't forget! Contagion is Still 50% off after recently launching on the Humble Bundle Store with the discount promo ending in a little less than 2 1/2 days - https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/contagion_storefront

Many of us have been working non-stop to fix, improve, and update Contagion based off of what many of you have reported, posted, or what our internal team came across. If all goes as planned we hope to have the latest Contagion Update out sometime near the end of this week!

-The Contagion Team

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Finally! I get to game again :D So in 45mins from now we will be going live with our weekly Official Contagion "Friday Frenzy" Live Stream & Giveaway on http://www.twitch.tv/tatsur0 where we get to play Contagion with the public, discuss the game and more, give away free copies of Contagion in a raffle like fashion to those following the channel, and run a Q&A at the end!

Contagion is still 50% Off for another 5 1/2 days on our Humble Bundle Store page - Contagion on Humble Bundle Store



We stream our Official Contagion "Friday Frenzy" and/or "Contagious Gaming" via our Twitch.Tv Account at- http://www.twitch.tv/tatsur0 every Friday @ 7:30PM PST/PDT (GMT- 7:00) -Click here for current time- and will pass out one or more free copies of Contagion during the Stream!

While you wait check out latest uploads of previous streams Ep 29 and 30!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHVtHyiE88w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kstcp9qhtIs



Hope to see a few of you in-game today!

-The Contagion Team

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We're very excited to announce that we just released Contagion on the popular Humble Bundle Store and we're running a 50% Off Promo for a full week from Sept 4th - Sept 11th. Be sure to check it out the store - https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/contagion_storefront especially if you missed our Free Weekend & Discount on Steam last week.

Tomorrow is also our weekly Contagion "Friday Frenzy" Live Stream & Giveaway!



We stream our Official Contagion "Friday Frenzy" and/or "Contagious Gaming" via our Twitch.Tv Account at- http://www.twitch.tv/tatsur0 every Friday @ 7:30PM PST/PDT (GMT- 7:00) -Click here for current time- and will pass out one or more free copies of Contagion during the Stream!

Our previous Episodes 29 & 30 were uploaded today so be sure to check them out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHVtHyiE88w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kstcp9qhtIs

Contagion is still of course available via Steam (but not with the 50% off Promo currently running on the Humble Store)



We're looking to put out an update early next week and share more details of what's to come beyond the Free DLC Bundles.

-The Contagion Team

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We our very passionate about our work and community and from reactions from Romero's "Finally", to the cast of The Walking Dead sharing interest via tweets, as well as major editors and youtubers showing support it would seem we're not the only ones and feel lucky to have reached so many.

Apparently we reached an entire city that shares our passion for Contagion when a member of the ZombieFest commity in Lakeland, Florida USA introduced themselves and their event and asked if we would be interested in using their Studio (center of the Event), setup our game at the Venue, and be their headline Sponsor as they work towards obtaining the Guinness World Record for having the most "Zombies" in one location which is looking promising with the numbers looking to beat out those in Jersey from last year.

Apparently the City from the Mayors Office to the Police Department (running security) are fans of Contagion which blew our minds and really wanted us to participate when our name came popping up for a Game Center. We've also got Universal Studio's painting people up as Zombies, ZombieFest & Contagion Digital Billboards, Signs on Buses, and more all over Florida (if you're out there, keep your eyes peeled!).

All of Downtown Lakeland is participating and we're honored to be a part of it. They're even preparing a Cake (4'x3') for us and Most everyone from the team will be there as well a possible Special Guest! We'll also be doing a popular Talk Show (has been hinted there may be more than one) aired during Prime Time which we'll release more information regarding as we learn more but we do know we're recording on the 10th (so we'll be around from Oct 9th - Oct 14th with our Families but remember jet lag, 4am wake up for prep, and more. Doubt we'll need the make-up to pull off a decent zombie).



We're all very excited for the event but this has also locked us down in sorting out updates, hitting deadlines, and preparing the upcoming free DLC!

We haven't forgotten our Official Weekly WebComic (SickJoe is just that. Sick and we love it! He'll also be attending ZombieFest for fans of his work and may want to learn more about the Future of Monochrome LLC) and so here is our latest update which was unfortunately delayed due to our Weekend promo that is now over and our bandwidth being torn to shreds by the Steam Community heh.

Official Contagion Comic - Chapter 3 :: Week 9





We're looking into releasing our WebComic in a manageable format as well as our OST which will include our music from the game as well as our cinematic trailer! More surprises on the way and soon!



We really want to meet up with our Fans in Florida so if you can be there on October 11th it'll be hard to miss us. Come on in and say hi, sit down at one of numerous computers and play Contagion! Looking to have some swag and signings of our Comic and more!

If you're new to Contagion but in the area and/or a Zombie enthusiast we still hope to see you there!

-The Contagion Team

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For those that missed it, Contagion is running a Free Weekend with 75% Discount right now. Here is the original announcement with more information about the game and future of Contagion - http://steamcommunity.com/games/contagion/announcements/detail/225499302965831249

The Free Weekend & Discount ends this Sunday at 1PM (PDT)

Also happy to announce that our "Friday Frenzy" Live Stream & Giveaway will be starting in 30mins from this post on our Twitch channel http://www.twitch.tv/tatsur0 . We've been working very hard the last couple weeks and were unable to hold it as usual so we apologize for the wait.



We stream our Official Contagion "Friday Frenzy" and/or "Contagious Gaming" via our Twitch.Tv Account at- http://www.twitch.tv/tatsur0 every Friday @ 7:30PM PST/PDT (GMT- 7:00) -Click here for current time- and will pass out one or more free copies of Contagion during the Stream!

-The Contagion Team

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After some trouble with scheduling in the past we've finally scheduled with Valve our first Free Weekend with a 75% Discount of our first Indie title Contagion. We highly recommend that you play Contagion this weekend and if you've found a game that satisfies your Zombie Apocalypse fantasies and to quote Romero himself "Finally" hope you'll take advantage of our discount and be here for all that is to come, if not we would like to thank those who took the time to give our game a go and hope you'll follow our progress.

Many of our community already know what to expect with a dedicated team of developers who are putting out consistent updates, bug fixes, and listening to feedback that impacts future improvements. Will be continuing to release new content as well as our Free DLC Bundle's (2 are planned at this time) that include in each 4 New Characters, 4 New Weapons, 2 New Maps, and 1 New Game-Mode.

Our updates are not limited to just content as we're moving forward with our new Mocap Animations on completion of our new layered animation system built from the ground up, further improvements to performance that is always changing our System Requirements, Ability to play with your friends via a Lobby system, Ranking, Stats, New Achievements, Customizable Cosmetics, and Unlockables for Co-op play.

For those new to Contagion and not yet up to speed via our Streams, Videos, Guides, and Forum Posts the following information may help! (PRESS F1 in-game to display your binds)

Contagion :: Game-Modes


  • Escape (CE_ Prefix)

    • In Escape you can play up to 8 Survivors trying to escape the location and situation you've found yourself in. With each round objectives, paths, weapon & ammo spawns, as well as zombie spawns are randomly generated making each attempt/round unique from the rest. With the spawning system you can play 100 games that are different from the first. Be sure to follow the instructions and in many cases the distance meter on your smart phone to complete objectives.

  • Extraction (CX_ Prefix)

    • In Extraction you and up to 8 total survivors spawn away from your friends and must use your smart phone's GPS to locate each other as well as once your GPS picks up the location the place where survivor AI's are holding out and require your help to barricade, and keep the horde at bay until extraction arrives where you'll need to lead them to and will be rewarded with ammo and weapons. Each holdout is randomly selected as is the number of survivors you must rescue. You lose one of two ways, all AI (even if you only have 1 to protect) die or all Player Survivors die. If you clear out all locations you win.

  • Hunted (CH_ Prefix)

    • In Hunted you've been consumed by paranoia, greed, or believe survival lies in the resources you can gather off the corpses of other survivors. You can play up to 8 or 16 players in this game-mode (Depends on server) and you score points for Killing AI/Player Zombies, Survivors, and being the last man/woman standing. You can camp it out, team up, or like most of us enjoy hunt down all survivors hoping to be the last one standing. The winner is the person with the highest score which carries on to the next round.

  • Contagion Panic Classic (CPC_ Prefix still WIP and Inspired by our Free Mod Zombie Panic: Source which was requested by Contagion Players)

    • In this game mode you can play up to 8-16 players (depending on server settings) with either 1-2 survivors starting out infected with only them knowing until the change hits so watch your back as your mate may very well be turning into a zombie just behind you. Your goal in Classic is to survive a specified amount of time or kill all the zombies "spotted" in your area which your smart phone will say. There are no AI Zombies, just former survivors who've been infected or have died. Each Player Zombie death drops the number while each survivor turned zombie raises it by one. If the number of zombies spots hits 0 and all zombies are dead you also win.

  • Contagion Panic Objective (CPO_ Prefix still WIP and Inspired by our Free Mod Zombie Panic: Source which was requested by Contagion Players)

    • In this game mode you can play up to 8-16 players (depending on server settings) with either 1-2 survivors starting out infected with only them knowing until the change hits so watch your back as your mate may very well be turning into a zombie just behind you. Very much like Escape you must complete a series of objectives but this time without any AI Zombies in your way. Instead you're left fending off those who have turned (Player Zombies) and there is no limit to how often they can spawn, just their numbers which grow as players die. Your smart phone again describes your objectives.



Contagion :: Current Official Maps


  • RoanokePD

    • Currently only supports the following Game-Modes "Escape" and "CPO"




  • Barlowe Square

    • Currently only supports the following Game-Modes "Escape", "Extraction", "Hunted", and "CPC"




  • Biotec

    • Currently only supports the following Game-Modes "Escape" and "Hunted"




  • Stone Creek

    • Currently only supports the following Game-Mode "Escape"




  • Aurora Estates

    • Currently only supports the following Game-Modes "Extraction" and "Hunted"




  • Cyprus Park

    • Currently only supports the following Game-Modes "Hunted" and "CPC"




  • Pioneer Express

    • Currently only supports the following Game-Modes "Hunted" and "CPC"




There is quite a lot more that we do like our Weekly Official Contagion WebComic, "Friday Frenzy" and "Contagious Gaming" Stream & Giveaway, daily interaction with the community trying to show we're not here to make a quick buck but want to help where we can and appreciate constructive criticism.


Be sure to check out Developer's "What's Next?" Discussion

Have a great Weekend!

-The Contagion Team

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