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Hey there survivor. The news from PZ central is that the update is now content locked – we’re feature complete. There remains, however, a certain amount of fixes, tweaks and general balance that needs to be wedged into the code before we can release it. Rest assured, however, that we’re currently working day and night to get there. We’ll soon be able to smell the victory beer we’ll pour ourselves when this thing is finally kicked out of the door…

Posted by Batsphinx on Jan 8th, 2012

In the mean-time, here’s a rundown of the primary features you can expect when the update lurches out of the bushes.

a) NPCs
Instead of mental-case morons who club zombies, players and thin-air alike we now have a crowd of NPCs who behave a little more sensibly. They will try to survive, just like you, and can team up with you and help out. In this update you'll only be able to recruit NPCs into your gang, and not join another one that’s already NPC-led – though you’ll be able to watch other NPC groups looting, rampaging and generally surviving throughout Muldraugh. This is only ‘Stage One’ in terms of where we’re going with NPCs – there’ll be many improvements, new behaviours, new orders and reams of fresh dialogue coming in future updates.

b) Skill Progression
Whenever you perform actions in the game now you’ll earn XP. Once you’ve hit the roof of the XP totaliser you’ll then be able to level up one of these skills the next time you sleep. Your character will now start out a bit weaker than in the current build (he’ll be able to carry less and generally be less adept at everything in the game) but with levelling skills up toward level 5 he’ll become way more proficient than you’re used to. Whether he’s sprinting, cooking, carrying or…

c) Carpentry
The introduction of woodwork makes for a major extension to the existing PZ barricade system. As you level up your carpentry skills you’ll be able to craft various tile pieces that you’ll be useful as you modify an existing building or create your own little fortress – or ‘Fort Knox County’, if you will…


This video was made using test code – we assure you that building projects will take a little longer in the gamer proper. In the update tile pieces will weigh a considerable amount, and each one will take time to build. So with wood being so heavy, how are you to transport it? Well, again rather neatly, that brings us to next new feature.

d) Pushable objects
The majority of items in the game will now be pushable and draggable by your character. This means we can add things like Wheelie Bins (or ‘Mobile Garbage Bin’ as Wikipedia tells us our US friends call them) to the game – with other items like shopping trolleys to follow in future updates.


e) WINDOWS OF DEATH
Zombies and survivors alike can now climb in and out of windows! Formerly our glass friends have been used in the game purely to toy with your line of sight, but now they can be smashed – and then become one of many new entry and exit points. You’ll soon discover that deadheads are a lot better at breaking a window than thumping down a door! Thankfully, however, this also means you have a few more avenues of escape – even from upstairs windows if you want to risk an injury or…


f) Bigger map section
We're saving the details of this until release (or until we can't keep it quiet any more) but due to the lower memory requirements of our rebuilt game code we can now stretch to a 300x300 sized map – quite a jump from the previous 150x150. As you can imagine, the map now feels freakishly huge! We figure this is a good way to taste a bigger world and have more to explore, until we get map cell transversal in.  Binky and Mash have created a whole bunch of new tiles for these areas, and can’t wait to see your blood splashed over them.

g) Graphics overhaul
As well as a new, smooth and sparkly lighting engine (which has gameplay ramifications you can read about here.), Binky's been working tirelessly to add a ton of new detail to both the existing map and the new areas that now surround it. Added grime, cracks in the road, road markings and other decal overlays should all help to make the world feel more real.

h) New weapons
Re-enact the famous Shawn of the Dead scene with a pool cue, smash walls and zombies alike with the sledgehammer, go all Mr. Stabby with the kitchen knife, and take the saw to your trusty shotgun...

i) Additional Mod Tools
Mod tools will be released soon after the update, but will allow our glorious bunch of modding heroes to create costumes for characters by using a funky drawing package that’ll let them: draw over the character frames, draw over existing costumes, edit the palette, and then conjure up frames that can be used directly in-game. We’ll also be providing an isometric floor editor and a wall editor which will make the creation of new tile-sets for the game far, far easier.

There’s a few other smaller, quirkier features that you’ll find when the update is released – but these are the ones that are pushing Knox County furthest towards our goal of killing you in a myriad of nasty ways. As we progress through the debugging, testing and streamlining process we’ll be sure to let you know how we’re getting on. In the mean-time if you want to mull over the contents of the update then please do so on our forums, but we’d advise that you remember to shut the curtains as you do so. The consequences could now be dire…

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SireStefan
SireStefan Jan 8 2012, 7:17pm says:

Awesome!!!! It's so much more than I expected!!

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker Jan 8 2012, 7:18pm says:

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

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sev......
sev...... Jan 9 2012, 2:28pm replied:

What he said.

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acesim
acesim Jan 10 2012, 3:44pm replied:

what he said ( but i already bought it)

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klostu
klostu Mar 23 2012, 12:11am replied:

What he said (I already bough it,too)

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Tony29
Tony29 Jan 8 2012, 7:47pm says:

AMAZING :DD

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Karion
Karion Jan 8 2012, 7:56pm says:

Is desura the only way to buy it?

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MonZombo
MonZombo Jan 8 2012, 9:42pm replied:

no, you can get it at the official Project Zomboid site. It uses Google Checkout

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josep99
josep99 Jan 9 2012, 9:11pm replied:

no you can go to the site

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Skylar15
Skylar15 Jan 8 2012, 8:02pm says:

Mind. Blown.

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Roh
Roh Jan 9 2012, 12:05pm replied:

So fits your avatar.

+3 votes     reply to comment
MonZombo
MonZombo Jan 8 2012, 8:26pm says:

Finally, a major update that'll turn this little awesome toy into a proper game. Can't wait to get it.

+2 votes     reply to comment
lexyz123
lexyz123 Jan 8 2012, 8:27pm says:

Can we shoot at the zombies outside sniper-like from a window?

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Mona_Moonlight
Mona_Moonlight Jan 8 2012, 8:35pm says:

Finally, I'll be able to further apply the knowledge I've aquired from the Zombie Survival Guide.
I'm looking forward to this update. New, sexy lighting, carpenting, new weapons, possibility to escape through windows...
Keep up the good work, lads! I can't wait to go up the stairs and destroy them behind me!

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JeeshusChrist
JeeshusChrist Jan 8 2012, 9:33pm says:

This is turning into the zombie game I have always wanted.
You guys currently have the transparent walls but will you be adding the option to make the walls cut off like the other option in the Sims? I preferred playing it that way on the Sims since it was easier to see things. So I am kind of hoping you will add it if its not too much trouble. Otherwise keep up the great work and I can't wait to see what comes out next!

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goldfish8
goldfish8 Jan 8 2012, 11:22pm says:

This is going to be such a cool game once this next update comes out! I can't wait to jump out windows and move couches in front of doors.

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Pythus
Pythus Jan 9 2012, 2:11am says:

time to do those renos youve been putting off since the outbreak occured!

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fusedafuse
fusedafuse Jan 9 2012, 3:21am says:

Is the update 'up' yet? I would love to play the new version, especially teaming up with npc's excites me...

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hollowminds
hollowminds Jan 9 2012, 6:44am says:

So many great new features and updates coming our way with this game. Awesome work!

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ImperialKaskins
ImperialKaskins Jan 9 2012, 8:25am says:

That Video 1st one is like playing The Sims Family :D. I hope in future you will need pillar to support the floor you know when it is BIG one.

2nd video is interesting that you can escape from the One Big Huge Mob of Zombies. But Doors are strong you know. Especially the Main Entrance Door and Back Door are mostly strong. ( I can be wrong but this is what I see here ) compare to bed room doors or toilets.

Also Zombies don't push stuff. The bump into it or climb over it. I guess is the limit Java system :/.

Overall is so Good :D

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DaggerClassStudio
DaggerClassStudio Jan 9 2012, 11:56am says:

I am in love with this game <3 -tears streak down my face-

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claytonian
claytonian Jan 9 2012, 1:20pm says:

Mobile garbage bin?

Nah. We just trash cans.

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Luigis_#1
Luigis_#1 Jan 10 2012, 6:51am replied:

or garbage bin

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angeldeffender
angeldeffender Jan 9 2012, 3:44pm says:

can we get wood from trees?

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Phantomrave
Phantomrave Jan 9 2012, 4:06pm replied:

I do believe that's the idea.

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AlexCloud
AlexCloud Jan 9 2012, 4:43pm says:

How can i download this update ?
I've already bought the game !

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[FH]Gorgutz
[FH]Gorgutz Jan 10 2012, 9:39am replied:

You'll get the update from Desura when the update is available.

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shakevu
shakevu Jan 9 2012, 7:19pm says:

that would be awesome

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Deathscreton
Deathscreton Jan 10 2012, 2:34am says:

JUST when I thought I was done fapping, this comes into my view.

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Zeholipael
Zeholipael Jan 10 2012, 1:01pm says:

It's a trash can... the same as the one witohut wheels y'know?

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rodny545
rodny545 Jan 10 2012, 9:18pm says:

Ive bought the game on desura and I have the mac app for PZ. When the next update comes, will it automaticly update? Or will I have to re-download it. Btw, I have been trying to activate my PZ acount, Ive put all the correct things in, but its saying "Username and Password do not Match". Those arent the real words though. Thnx for helping!!

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QuixoticRocket
QuixoticRocket Jan 11 2012, 7:28am says:

Looking very good ^_^
Can't wait to try it out.

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[ZanMgt]Micah
[ZanMgt]Micah Jan 12 2012, 9:16am says:

Looks fantastic! Only complaint is it'd be nice if roofs were already walkable.

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DonChubo
DonChubo Jan 13 2012, 8:18am says:

Question, what do you mean by Content Lock? Does this mean the game will not have anymore content added by the team's devs?

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Phantomrave
Phantomrave Jan 13 2012, 2:57pm replied:

Content lock means that the current update won't have anymore features other than what you see on the webpage. The dev's are (after the update) going to continue adding features and supporting the game.
This is only one update of many!

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splexo
splexo Jan 14 2012, 2:23am says:

RELEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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epicguyy223
epicguyy223 Jan 14 2012, 9:40pm says:

send me the option to get a username and password i bought the freaking game and i don't have my username and password yet! what gives!!!

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lemmy101
lemmy101 Jan 16 2012, 8:55am replied:

Did you buy it on desura? If so you don't need a username or password. just your desura key which you can get by right clicking PZ in your game list.

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vmn551
vmn551 Jan 19 2012, 7:59pm says:

Oh man, I cant wait!

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gunki
gunki Jan 20 2012, 8:15am says:

Dammit! I want it now!!!!

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Zappy99
Zappy99 Jan 25 2012, 10:17am says:

Oh i can't wait to make my 'Zombie-killing-molotov-cage'! Or my 'Zombie proof fortress'!!
Or my 'Escape bridge'!!! Or my 'Zombie proof molotov-cage-fortress-and-escape-bridge'!!!! >:D

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tacocheesesoda
tacocheesesoda Jan 25 2012, 10:55pm says:

oh my god i have no idea to how to download maps im annoyed

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patchwarrior
patchwarrior Jan 27 2012, 3:12pm says:

how do we do the update or is it not out yet???

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Raygen
Raygen Mar 11 2012, 2:45pm says:

this is the beginning of the most awsome zombie survival game ever!
but i hope it will get a multiplayer option that would be awsome. ;) keep going guy's!

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