The Explosion Of The Zombie MMO
The zombie MMO scene has exploded over recent months, much like the explosion of the MOBA genre over the last few years. Similar to the MOBA titles, the zombie genre also began with a mod, the hugely popular DayZ. Since then the popularity of the Arma II mod has attracted everything from the smallest indie studios, to the biggest developers of AAA games.
We’ve seen browser-based zombie MMO games such as the top-down shooter Dead Frontier, and the free roam Warmaker Zombies and although both cornered a certain part of the zombie MMO market, both being browser games restricted their ability to dominate it completely. Enter the 3D MMO titles.
More recently we’ve seen the alpha release of The War Z, a title that has been surrounded by rumor and controversy due to questionable development choices. The Dead Linger has also recently entered its alpha phase, although taking a much more traditional approach to that of The War Z. The Dead Linger features the very core of the game including the innovative dynamic map building that creates new areas of the game as players explore, instantly eradicating the big issues that plague current titles such as ghosting and server hopping. Then on the horizon we have other MMO titles such as Undead Labs State of Decay.
We’ve seen a massive surge in zombie themed games over recent months, arguably due to the huge success of The Walking Dead and the RPG from TellTale games, but does this genre have the substance to cements its place as a valid MMO genre, or is it merely a passing fad?