Next to Nazis (and on occasion, Nazi zombies), your everyday undead corpses are arguably the most beloved cannon-fodder of video game heroes, and there are a shambling horde of zombie gaming experiences heading our way in the next year or so; we decided to take a closer-look at 6 of our most anticipated:
Release date: TBA (PS4)
At E3 this year, Sony announced an upcoming zombie survival game, but it wasn’t a Last of Us sequel. Days Gone is a new title from Bend Studios, who worked on the underrated Uncharted: Golden Abyss on PS Vita. Set in the beautiful, volcanic scarred high-desert of the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone is an open-world action-adventure game where you play as Deacon St. John, a drifter and bounty hunter who has to use his former biker days to gain an edge in a world where survival is the only option. It looks gorgeous and the sheer volume of zombies on-screen gets us excited to what the game has in store.
State of Decay 2
Release date: 2017 (Xbox One, PC)
Undead Labs did not disappoint with their long-awaited unveiling of State of Decay 2. Like its predecessor, State of Decay 2 will be an open-world third-person survival RPG set in a recent zombie apocalypse. Unlike its predecessor, it will support drop-in co-op play so you can enlist a couple friends to help keep the roaming hordes at bay. Your actions will again have an impact on the world around you, only this time, the ripples can be felt much further away.
Dead Rising 4
Release date: 2017 (Xbox One)
Open-world, weapon crafting, and zombie killing action is returning with Dead Rising 4 – the next instalment in Capcom’s fan-favourite tongue-in-cheek undead series. Dead Rising 4 features also sees the return of Frank West, the photojournalist protagonist from the original game. Set 16 years after the first game, it will once again be set in Willamette, Colorado, and will feature massive environments, thousands of zombies, and of course, tons of weapons to create, such as exo-skeleton suits and electrified hammers. The countdown clock from previous games has also been removed, which is a sigh of relief for those who want to take their time in smashing their way through Dead Rising 4 when it launches on Xbox One in 2017.
Dead Island 2
Release date: TBA 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
The sequel to the beloved Dead Island will shift from a tropical paradise to the City of Angels, taking place in Hollywood, California (please let there be some formerly famous undead — a zombie Megan Fox? Yes, please). According to Yager, the game will feature a new massive world to do your zed killing in. Dead Island 2 will feature different combat mechanics than its predecessors, although some other gameplay mechanics will return. It will undoubtedly be a hot seller, given the franchise, and hopefully Yager will make Dead Island 2 what the original Dead Island should have been.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Release date: TBA
Thanks to the demand from the loyal franchise fan-base, Capcom is developing a remake of Resident Evil 2, and note this isn’t a simple remaster, but a new game rebuilt from the ground up. It isn’t yet known whether the Resident Evil 2 Remake will feature the fixed camera angles of the original game, or the third-person view adopted by the later Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6. The feedback to Resident Evil 6, however, has helped shape the remake, said producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi. Beyond that, there aren’t too many details on the project, but the fact that Resident Evil 2, arguably the best in the series, is seeing a release on the current-gen systems is good news enough.
The Walking Dead Season 3
Release date: TBA 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Developer Telltale Games has been busy lately with the The Walking Dead: Michonne miniseries and their newest Batman game coming sometime this year, but you know fans have been wondering when the next actual season of The Walking Dead series will release. The Walking Dead season 2 protagonist, Clementine, will be returning in some form in season three. With the series now taking place closer to when the current comic series is, we can expect to see a Clementine who’s aged a few years since the second season.
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