Undead Labs is starting to issue new information about their upcoming zombie survival game, titled “Class3”. Jeff Strain (World of Warcraft co-creator) delved more information about the game’s pretty extensive release plans, and other interesting tidbits. Eurogamer had more details from Strain himself:
“This is not going to be a game about running through the streets shooting zombies in the head,” studio founder Jeff Strain told Eurogamer.
“There’s going to plenty of that, just because that’s fun, but that’s not enough for us. The key for us is to capture that zombie survival aspect of the world and really answer that question ‘What would I do?'”
You’ll choose where to make your stand, then design and maintain your settlement, raid stores for supplies and rescue other playable survivors.
Whereas the game will initially launch as a largely offline third person open-world action game, Undead Labs long term strategy is to nudge the IP towards MMO territory.
So it will be an opened world zombie survival game that will morph into an MMO? Eurogamer also detailed the name would change to “Class4” when it reached that metamorphosis.
“One of the reasons we’re doing this two step process is we want to get the game into your hands a lot more quickly than what we would otherwise have been able to do if we were taking on the full online world to begin with,” said Strain.
“One of the things we get to do with Class3 is put all the plumbing in place to make sure we can rapidly scale from the open world game that is Class3 to the online world game that is Class4.
It’s a really intriguing idea. The notion that my buddies could all fortify a post-apocalyptic stronghold and then forage for weapons and food, honestly sounds really, really fun. If we thought Left 4 Dead was a good basic test as to which friends to have next to you in a zombie apocalypse, this game seems on the levels of an entrance exam to Mensa. Here’s some tease-worthy screen shots of the game from G4. I shall be avidly awaiting more information on this one.