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Yes folks, it's official. As of Friday 8th November, Project Zomboid will finally take a place in the Early Access section of Steam!

Posted by lemmy101 on Nov 4th, 2013

The version that's currently on Steam Beta today seems to be a good 'un. We've sorted the FPS issues, or rather in the short term added some additional options to help players customize PZ to provide better FPS. As well as raising the FPS a bit, we've also locked the game to 30FPS by default (with options to raise to 45 or 60 for super rigs) but 30 provides a smoother framerate on low and high-spec systems alike, as unstable framerate is really what has been causing the game to be unplayable for many. It's the best it can currently be and perfectly playable in the short term.

As we said last week, really there is no better time for us to go on Steam this year, and next year is not an option for us. We're pleased with the stability of the latest build and without ripping the code apart (a mistake just before Steam) the FPS is about the best we can realistically hope for in the short term. So bring it on!We're both excited and terrified, but it is Early Access after all, and there are many other games up there that have gone up much earlier in development, so at some point we just have to bite the bullet, draw a line under it, and put our baby up there in front of the Steam audience. Our Greenlight voters have waited long enough!

Launch Weekend

To celebrate our launch, as well as to help provide the Steam audience with as much information about the game as possible, we are planning a whole weekend of streams from our regular streamers and YouTubers, along with reviews and information about the game, which we are hoping to link directly from our Store Page. Bug fixes permitting, we plan to spend as much time as possible in those streams to answer questions from people checking the game out.We will also be launching a demo within the next week, which we'll have available to download on launch from Steam to make sure everyone has the ability to see if the game is something they are interested in, if it runs okay on their machines, and if it's developed enough for their tastes. We want everyone to be informed in their purchase to make sure as many as possible are satisfied, and this will be a big focus of our Early Access store page.

Price / Desura

We're putting the final bit of polish and last remaining bug fixes in place before we release the new build on Desura and release on the main Steam branch. We are planning on doing this tonight, but making a few last checks to make sure save issues are a thing of the past. It's possible it could slip to tomorrow if not, but we're close.

At that point, we'll be raising the price of the game to £9.99/$15.99. The game has remained at the same price since day one, and as we've said, not only is it important for us to help increase funding of development and look to expand going forward, but also it's unfair to those who bought in at the start to not be rewarded with a discounted price for their early support. However, that said, the game will go on 50% off sale upon the price increase, taking it down to its original price for a limited time period, just to give people advance warning and a final chance to get the game at this price.

Trailer Footage

So this is where we need your help, fast! Once the next beta version launches today, we would be eternally grateful if some wonderful Zomboideers would be willing to help by capturing some footage for our trailer, which video miester Josh_H is currently working on. The rules are simple: Stable 30FPS, M to disable music, 720 res (or 1080 if you can handle it with stable FPS). More info can be found here.

Obviously time is pretty short if we're to have it up on Steam this Friday, so any help would be massively appreciated.That's all there is to say really. A very busy week ahead of us, but we're comforted to know that, a few bugs aside, and accepting the admittedly not 100% ideal 30FPS as default for now, the build seems to be in pretty good shape already.Love you all!Indie Stone

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null. Nov 5 2013 says:

Hopefully this time the Linux version works without waiting for the community to fix it.

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lemmy101 Nov 5 2013 replied:

We're working on this for sure, we're fully aware of our shortcomings with linux support and are trying to address these before steam launch. Apologies.

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null. Nov 5 2013 replied:

Ah, that's good to hear!

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Thebig44 Nov 5 2013 says:

I hope the steam community won't ruin our lovely community... (**** i didn't want pz go to steam yet...)

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PetrenkaPie Nov 5 2013 replied:

Sorry for sounding a bit retard but how does the steam community ruin things`? I'm asking this serious and would really like to hear about it!

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Dr.Goupyl Nov 5 2013 replied:

Well if you don't look at the hub for the game nothing will be "ruined".

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holmesc2009 Nov 5 2013 replied:

How does steam community ruin things? Everyone that voted this comment up are morons for thinking that...

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nasKoo Nov 5 2013 replied:

The Steam community is simply just such a sheer mass that the ammount of people who are are ******** and douches increases with the ammount of lovely people.
The percentage may stay the same but the bad part of a community is also the most vocal one.

I think Thebig44 is just refefering to the asshats that every community has, no matter if it's Steam or another platform, a good game or a bad one.

We're excited and terrified about the Steam launch at the same time as other games also had a hard time, judging from the community hub posts.

Personally, I am more excited than terrified because I'm confident that the people with good intentions are the majority.

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Wasserstern Nov 6 2013 replied:

I know what you are talking about. Just avoid the discussion in the games steam hub. If not, have fun seeing people complain about stupid stuff like achievements.

There is always some good discussion going on there, but the idiots are always the loudest.

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Daerchador Nov 5 2013 says:

friday eh? that be a double party for me then :D

my Staph-dad(?) and my mom are going to marry on that day!

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Chad51 Nov 5 2013 replied:

Step-dad bro! XD

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Scottvrakis Nov 5 2013 says:

So if we have it on Desura will we get a STEAM key?

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nasKoo Nov 5 2013 replied:

You already do.

More info:

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carlqua Nov 6 2013 says:

I'm sure I only paid a fiver for it, from your site :s
Anyway well done, hopefully progress will come much quicker with the support of those on steam who have not yet discovered this gem.

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MCDERP Nov 6 2013 says:

i like to edit and stuff maybe i could help edit :P if you guys like the walking dead also i do tributes if you guys want to check out my channel on youtube

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HounderKnight Nov 6 2013 says:

Glad to hear the news :)

From everything I've seen, PZ looks amazing; I've just been waiting for it to head to Steam. Hopefully it'll be an ASAP purchase on my part.

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trilobite23 Nov 6 2013 says:

this game is amazeing good replay value

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Evilspiderman Nov 6 2013 says:

:) i cant wait for multiplayer

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umoito Nov 7 2013 says:


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TheUnbeholden Nov 9 2013 says:

I personally think its a mistake to release the game without storymode and coop which seem to me like big buying points, I remember way back when, we've had the same main reasons to get the game as we did then.
Crafting +CharacterCustomization +Looting +Farming +Carpentry. It's just now that 3d rendering is being implemented we'll see progress being made faster, with greater performance. But thats not really a selling point for the main audience. West Point is, but thats mostly to pre-existing fans.

I suppose with a demo and a reasonable price tag, this will be a good way to introduce people to PZ, and you had to get on steam at some point anyway.

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Hector1221 Nov 17 2013 says:

If you have Project Zomboid in your Desura Account and you want a Steam Key go to this page and find a section called "Finding Your Steam Key" click in the first link and put your Desura Account then you only have to request your steam Key and active it and thats it :D (Sorry For my English)

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