Project Zomboid is an open-ended zombie-infested sandbox. It asks one simple question – how will you die? Whether surviving in Knox County free-roam or controlling Indie Stone mascot Baldspot in his quest to save his injured wife Kate – death is always a certainty. Quite how long you manage to put it off is another matter…

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So we've finally gone and done it. The first big step toward Early Access is getting our game running within Steam, and to begin the process of giving out keys to our existing customers.

Posted by lemmy101 on Sep 9th, 2013

The time has come! To make it clear, we are NOT currently available on Steam Early Access, however Desura customers of Project Zomboid are able to redeem Steam Keys.

First some information on how to get a Steam key, if you're so inclined:

Important things to read first
1) The version that's on Steam is effectively build 17, since the only build possible to use was one with Steam integration we couldn't upload the last Desura build, or forum test 16. However, there may well be some bugs still in this build that need sorting out. So please don't consider this an official release. This is about getting people on Steam who want to be, primarily, so we're not cramming it all in last-minute and risking any delays. That said, a few issues aside, will give you a chance to play with the new stuff in the build!

2) There is currently no 'install script' for auto installing java and whatnot on the three platforms. This will come within the next day or two. If you can already run the game, then you should be golden. 64bit OS users who used to run the game in 64bit may need to get Java 32bit (x86) JVM installed if they do not. This will obviously be automated soon

Converting to Desura for Google Checkout / Paypal purchasers

To convert to Desura, input your Project Zomboid username and password (game log-in details emailed to you when you bought from Google Checkout, NOT your forum user/pass) into this form:

Finding your Steam key

When logged onto Desura's website, go to this page:

Click on the 'Keys' link, and you'll find the Steam redeemable code listed there. "Activate a Product on Steam..." in the Steam game menu. Alternatively, go here:

Simple as that.

Those who keep tabs on the forums may know that Zoom is set to return to Project Zomboid. However, this time we've implemented a few extra things, all optional. You could have the game at x2 zoom at all times, or you could have the game auto zoom when indoors and zoom out when outdoors. You will also be able to specify scroll speeds and whatnot. Here is a little demo.

So why this? Well zoom support reintegration has been a much much requested feature. Also we still have had concerns about the difficulty navigating buildings, and in the run up to Steam want to try and get as much of this sorted as possible as it contributes to the frustrations new players have in particular.

You may also notice in the video that we have fixed various issues with the light system during some optimization stuff, and in the process now rooms with no windows are dark, and daylight can now light rooms through doors and windows.

New Combat Controls
Upon downloading the Steam version you may notice the mouse controls not behaving as you'd expect. For a long time, a big criticism of the game has been the unintuitive combat controls, and we're attempting to fix that. Anyone unhappy with the change can be assured that a 'classic controls' option will be available, but we and the majority of those who have tested it seem to agree think the new controls are much more intuitive and will be easier for new players to pick up, while it has no effect on the actual combat mechanics depth.

We're deliberately not mentioning how it works, because we're hoping it won't require it and will be easily guessable with a play with the mouse, and part of seeing if a system is intuitive is not telling everyone how to do it in advance!

Fire makes a return! It's still undergoing some balance to up their virility, but as of the new test builds, Molotovs and cooking disasters return to Project Zomboid!
Everything else is coming along too, Westpoint is starting to fill out with buildings, and some cool animations are in the pipe for Kate and Baldspot. We're very excited about what's coming up for Project Zomboid. Yay!!

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Roh Sep 9 2013 says:

Got mine! Played PZ for the first time in a while. Lasted all of 9 IG hours. lol Not long at all. Like the new UI changes but figuring some of it out at the moment is getting me in trouble.

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jakeb89 Sep 10 2013 replied:

Currently at 5 days and 20 hours, and boy has it been a struggle. Random zeds setting off house alarms is the worst. Woke up and went outside to find about 200 of them just standing around my front porch. O_0

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Mizty001 Sep 9 2013 says:

This is great, I love what you're doing to the game. :) You're making it easier and cleaner, and it's really great to see the changes.

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Frimlof Sep 9 2013 says:

Totally going to buy this, great work guys! Love this game!

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Mr_Cookies Sep 9 2013 says:

I know it's WIP, but the strafing is looking REALLY weird...

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Lt_Veron Sep 9 2013 says:

nice to hear:D cant wait to convert mine

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patrickcod5 Sep 9 2013 says:

One massive leap towards game stardom!

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[FH]Gorgutz Sep 9 2013 says:

Just redeemed my Steam Key from Desura. Haven't played the latest one yet, waiting until its late at night. ^-^

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Hesky Sep 17 2013 replied:

How did you redeem the key? There is no key link on the desura website

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EnigmaGrey Sep 18 2013 replied:

You can find it under Collections in the Options column.

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Kuznetsovsky Sep 10 2013 says:

The autozoom feature looks pretty nice, can't wait to test it myself.

Really good news, keep it up!!

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joeadamhill Sep 10 2013 says:

Got my Steam key :)

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Dralel Sep 10 2013 says:

Will this game remain DRM free? I didn't back this to be forced to use Steam (in the future).

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EnigmaGrey Sep 12 2013 replied:

The game will continue to be available through Desura; GoG is being explored.

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Gunny8 Sep 10 2013 says:

Great job guys! Thanks for the Steam keys!

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fongroy Sep 10 2013 says:

Hey I stay on desura will they still update it

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EnigmaGrey Sep 12 2013 replied:

Desura will continue to be updated -- but only with stable builds.

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Chevelle-VS Sep 11 2013 says:

I'm having a problem maybe someone could help me. The game starts and plays fine from desura, but I redeemed my code for steam and installed the game from there and It keeps freezing on me something about graphics driver stopped responding. happens everytime I try to start the game. Anyone else experiencing this?

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EnigmaGrey Sep 12 2013 replied:

It's necessary to have the most up to date drivers for your system. This generally means getting them directly from the source, such as AMD or Intel's main sites. It may be necessary to use a generic driver, if your card hasn't had any recent releases.

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t4gm4n Sep 11 2013 says:

I have got problem while activating the steam code. after I clicked through the reedem-windows, another window showed up. It said, something about a promo-code and that I could install the game after I activated it. Usually the window shows the name of the game, but this time it was only a blank field. No game was added to my account, but after I tried it again, steam showed me, that I allready own the game, but I can't find it.

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Feirefiz Sep 11 2013 replied:

Same here.

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Feirefiz Sep 11 2013 replied:

Sorry for the double post but restarting Steam and an update that followed helped.

Thanks for the Steam key and keeping your promise. Was really waiting for the greenlight and the key.

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FoxfireInferno Sep 11 2013 says:

I have a problem. I used Paypal to purchase the game but I don't have an e-mail about a user & password for Zomboid. I have my Desura e-mail confirming my purchase of the game (including the confirmation ID) and the paypal receipt from the transaction so where do I get my user & password for Zomboid?
Is there a form somewhere to recover a lost user/password?

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EnigmaGrey Sep 12 2013 replied:

Contact them with the receipt at

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saltedDog Sep 13 2013 says:

Go back to pixel!

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TheUnbeholden Sep 14 2013 says:

one small step to victory! we await eagerly for the impending release sire.

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fongroy Sep 14 2013 says:

I hope that they have most of the zombies wanderers I mean I just like watching them roam around for some reason idk what do you guys think

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droid11379174003 Sep 14 2013 says:

Где взять ключ? (Игру купил )

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hollisfenner Sep 14 2013 says:

This is the blog post I have been waiting for.

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tjl3111 Sep 25 2013 says:

ive not got a key?

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rixthaslix Oct 2 2013 says:

any chance somebody or some developer could donate me Project Zomboid for free, since i don't have the money to afford it. Thank you soo much. Much love.

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YellowWorm Oct 4 2013 says:

where i can get my key?

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owensnowson Nov 11 2013 says:

can i get a code plezz

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HyperCraggles Nov 20 2013 says:

Thanks for the key :D

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