For those who prefer co-op multiplayer rather than competitive, one of the best experiences for this kind of gameplay in the first-person shooter genre was Valve’s Left 4 Dead. While we did get Left 4 Dead 2, Valve has been silent whether we’ll ever see a new entry into the zombie-killing franchise.
Thankfully, there’s something coming up that might scratch your Left 4 Dead itch, and it’s none other than Saber Interactive’s World War Z. If the title of the game sounds familiar, it should, as it’s based on the 2013 movie starring Brad Pitt. In an interview with VentureBeat, Saber Interactive CEO Matt Karch talks a bit about the skepticism of license-based games, and states that the studio members are huge fans of L4D, and that they’re trying to create a game that “mirrored the experience.”
The flip side, though, is there is the skepticism about licenses. And I agree that there’s probably also a skepticism about zombie games. But this is a different type of zombie game. In the novel they don’t even call them zombies. They call them Zs. They’re obviously zombies, but they move differently and act differently than in almost every other game. It’s its own thing.
We’re huge fans of Left 4 Dead, and I think that comes across in some of our videos. We wanted to create an experience which mirrored that experience, or maybe the best way to put it — that was inspired by that. We didn’t see any more Left 4 Deads in the pipeline. We thought this was an opportunity to create an experience we loved that would kind of be an evolution of that. – Matt Karch, CEO of Saber Interactive
Based on what we’ve seen of World War Z so far, Saber Interactive seems to be on the right track. Check out the character abilities blowout in this trailer.
World War Z is set for release sometime in 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.