The Gaming Awards were held at the beginning of the month and there were a few surprises in there especially for our benefit. I want to talk about one in particular… The announcement of ‘World War Z’ being turned into a game by Saber Interactive.
If any of you out there are zombie fans then you already know that this is an exciting prospect. We might find ourselves in the midst of such great collections as ‘Dead Rising’ or ‘Left for Dead’. With so many life-after-death-and-not-in-a-good-way games already out there – are we expecting too much? Has the zombie fiction era truly run its course or will it ever? For me there can never be enough zombie games and films on the market – it is one of the great and reliable go-to’s of the horror genre, and for good reason. The fear we get from seeing a human being devouring another is palpable because it is also possible… obviously, I am talking about cannibals and not real life zombies. But, as with most things, the fear is based on cold hard fact. Some people eat other people, no matter how abhorrent. It awakens something primal in us to see it down, a sort of ancestral fear that can be relied upon to sell computer games, and I can’t wait!
‘World War Z’ intends to be a four-player co-op game (similar to ‘Left for Dead’ in that regard.) Saber Interactive said: “unique survivor stories and missions around the globe, including New York, Moscow, and Jerusalem. Use traps, barriers and the environment strategically to stay alive while unleashing a storm of firepower with a variety of weapons on the unrelenting hordes of the undead.” Although they have given a tentative release date as the tail end of next year that is all the information we have for now.
How good of a game it is going to be is going to depend largely on where they put their budget. If they spend all their money hiring the original actors to voice over the game (Brad Pitt included) it will quickly swallow their funds. Considering Saber Interactive was responsible for developing a fair whack of the Halo series I’d estimate that they know what they are doing. What will really make this game stand out from the rest is how they portray the zombies… if they are true to the film then I have a worrisome feeling that the game might be impossible to complete.
All that is left to do now is to wait and see – and of course; to watch the trailer and have a peek for yourself. I know I’ll have my copy on pre-order with all the rest of the die hard Zombie fans. Fortunately, they are crafting it for the PC as well as for modern consoles, thus making it easier for poor folks like me to play too. When we have a release date you bet I’ll be writing more about it; but till then, watch this space.
(Image by Saber Interactive)