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Project Zomboid, the Zombie survival game has a huge map expansion

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Project Zomboid [Official Site, GOG, Steam] is the impressive Zombie survival game that has single-player and multi-player that's been in development for a long time. This new release adds in quite a lot and vehicles should be next.

Note: The game does not have a SteamOS icon on Steam, but the Linux version is there and it works. The Linux icon is there on GOG.

The latest update, Build 38, adds in a huge Riverside Map which is an equivalent size of the original West Point. It adds in new building types, new tiles and architecture. Here's what the map looks like now:


As you can see, that's a pretty massive increase in map size, so much to explore!

They've also heavily optimized Zombie placement and movement data for multi-player, which will help to reduce lag and strain on servers.

They've also added in tons more options for when you're playing in the single-player sandbox mode. You can adjust things like how dark it gets at night, if zombies can destroy player-built constructions, fire spread and so on. It sounds like the sandbox mode is a lot more, well — sandbox.

There's a lot more, check out the full changelog here.

The next build should hopefully be the one that finally adds in vehicles to the main stable build. I'm looking forward to that!

3 Likes, Who?
gabber 3 October 2017 at 4:54 pm UTC
Reviews look quite bad..
pungentstentch 3 October 2017 at 5:40 pm UTC
gabberReviews look quite bad..

Game is amazing, very deep. But I'll try to explain where the bad reviews usually come from.

I bought this game when it was available at Desura, I'm talking 4 years ago. The game had a lot of
potential, and believe me, it's updated and being taken care off. But you have to keep in mind this is a two men (If I recall correctly) indie studio, and things are coming very, VERY slow. At some point, the developer got his laptop stolen and it was a huge backlash to the game development. Last update added vehicles to the game, but still lacking most of the relevant promises (i.e. NPCs). That is what people are complaining the most, even comparing it to Dayz.

Afar from that it's a very enjoyable game where you can do almost anything to survive the zombie horde, and the cooperative mode is a blast. I think this community has or had a server going on, don't know exactly if that really happened.
Lakorta 3 October 2017 at 6:30 pm UTC
gabberReviews look quite bad..
It's just people buying Early Access games without understanding early access.
gabber 4 October 2017 at 9:05 am UTC
Lakorta
gabberReviews look quite bad..
It's just people buying Early Access games without understanding early access.
Sounded like the devs promising a lot, delivering not much.
It was released into EA 2013-11-08 - soon 4 years ago!
Lakorta 4 October 2017 at 3:10 pm UTC
gabber
Lakorta
gabberReviews look quite bad..
It's just people buying Early Access games without understanding early access.
Sounded like the devs promising a lot, delivering not much.
It was released into EA 2013-11-08 - soon 4 years ago!
Development takes time, especially for small Indie game studios. Buying it during the Early Access phase means buying it during development. The developers didn't give any ETAs (=estimated time of arrival) for their planned features so it's not like they broke any promises or failed to deliver something since they're still working on these features.
As an example: Grand Theft Auto V took around 5 years to develop and had over 1000 people working on it. Project Zomboid has around a dozen people (I think). Project Zomboid may be a smaller game than GTAV but it's still a very ambitious one if you check what they've planned.
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