Survive is very early in development and is using a game engine completely written from scratch by Subsurface Games. Most of the development work so far has gone into creating the engine. The engine just go to the point where all future work is being devoted to gameplay.

Survive will also have Crafting, Multiplayer, Traps, Dynamic Barricading, Land Vehicles, Air Vehicles, and Survivor npc's. All of these features and more are described in detail in this blog post:

You can think of this game more as a zombie apocalypse simulator. If you think right now in your head your exact plan for a zombie apocalypse (which I'm sure all of you have thought of at least once) I want you to be able to do it in the game. The whole goal of the game is to simply survive. There are no quests, there is no story line, and there are no goals. The only goals you have are the ones you set for yourself to survive, such as find guns, find food, find water, or find shelter. Everything that you think should be possible in the game will be. If you want a natural source of fresh water then maybe you should find a cabin on a river. If you don't want to worry about food go to the nearest grocery store and barricade the doors. Think you will need guns (you will), then head to the police station or the nearest sporting goods store. Worried about the heavily populated areas like stores being overrun with the infected (they will be), then maybe the cabin on the river is a better idea. The point is everything will be as true to life as possible to create a genuine zombie apocalypse experience.

The game world will be completely procedurally generated and you will start in a random house in a random person's life (you will most likely be able to customize you character and his/her attributes). You wake up to the dynamic sounds of npc screams and police sirens in the distance. You must do whatever it takes to survive. Because the world is procedurally generated it allows for unlimited replay ability. The game will never get old because you will always play in a new world with new challenges and places. The procedural generation will also allow for one of the most important parts of this game. It will allow you to enter into literally every single house and building you see without a loading screen. I really hate it in games when, as the player, you see a house or a building in the distance and really want to go inside it only to be disappointed and pulled out of the game world when you realize you can't go inside. It reminds you that you are just playing a game and not really running for your life in a zombie apocalypse. The only problem is that it's just way to time consuming to have an artist or a designer go though and lay out every single house or building in the world and fill them with props. The only realistic way we could achieve this is with procedural generation.

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0 comments by subsurfacegames on Aug 28th, 2013

Survive has been Greenlit! Survive will be released on Steam early access when it enters Alpha in a few weeks. Thank you for all the support and yes votes, you guys are awesome!

There will be a video showing the new update in a few days! Here is a screenshot of the new gun and arms to tide you over.

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zankumuro Jan 18 2014, 10:10pm says:

Cann't Play on ATI 5670

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Titsmcgee645 Jan 7 2014, 9:04pm says:

Game looks great but can you make a Demo? i Would like to play it before anything.

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Novocain Jan 18 2014, 9:18am replied:

Don't buy it. It's not even close to a game yet.

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criggie Jan 3 2014, 7:58pm says:

Give us a steam key if it works there this is ridiculous

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cycophuk Jan 4 2014, 10:38am replied:

It's not on Steam.

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Ayr1 Jan 14 2014, 5:49pm replied:

Kickstarter have it on Steam !
Just Bundle buyers (Indieroyale Sigma Bundle) still waiting STEAM KEY...

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jamesbuc Jan 25 2014, 7:55pm replied:

Theres no steam access yet, no appearance anywhere on steam currently.

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criggie Jan 3 2014, 7:56pm says:

Awesome a new update that doesnt work best 19.00bucks i ever spent..such a pretty yellow screen but hey the options page is awesome...damn man

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Nathos Jan 8 2014, 8:37am replied:

I'm having the same issue. No luck changing the options.

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luminaq Jan 15 2014, 3:10pm replied:

same thing for me

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Highest Rated (2 agree) 10/10

Very fun game

Nov 14 2013, 1:05am by Bluepenguin63

Lowest Rated (5 agree) 1/10

Game started and my gun was going crazy and flipping all around the screen. I tried restarting it and the same thing was happening. I was like "okay whatever, I guess its just a buggy game" and continued to play. Every zombie appears to be a fat guy and theres tons of them. I started running in one direction and they were chasing me as I was mowing them down, and then guess what... The game crashed. Its a decent idea, but at this point it seems very poorly executed.

Nov 14 2013, 3:56pm by Blackm0th

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@SkyHawksGamers the current plan is kickstarter starting July 1, and then early access release on October 31.

Apr 11 2014, 11:00am

@SkyHawksGamers Unfortunetly Survive will not be apart of any other bundles until quite awhile after it's official release.

Apr 11 2014, 2:19am

I couldn't find anyone decent to do the weapon animations for survive so I'm doing all of them myself. So far its looking pretty good.

Apr 1 2014, 8:05pm

@Veshurik They paid full price, and it wasn't an option to give you SKs that work before release. U can downloading it from the desura page.

Mar 29 2014, 4:29am

@ID_AA_Carmack Great news! You guys are the best people to be working on VR and now you have effectively unlimited FB resources, Good Luck!

Mar 28 2014, 5:05pm

The second update video showing the changes in the Survive Pre-Alpha 1 is up!

Mar 27 2014, 9:40pm

The first of 2 videos showing the changes in Survive Pre-Alpha 1 is now up!

Mar 26 2014, 6:13pm

@USMCto1811 that's the loading screen, do you see the loading in the bottom right? What resolution is your computer? Please email your log

Mar 25 2014, 6:32pm

Survive Pre-Alpha 1 is now live on steam, sorry for the delay!

Mar 25 2014, 3:24pm

#screenshotsaturday because I always forget every saturday...

Mar 25 2014, 9:00am

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