The basic idea of Zombie Panic! Source is to create a solid gameplay that is based on a classic zombie outbreak scenario. The living dead are coming for the last remaining humans, and these survivors must fight them off and live through the day.
At the start of each round, players can either choose to join the human team or volunteer to be the first zombie. If no one volunteers the game will pick one human randomly, and the game begins! The starter zombie's goal is to kill the humans while the human goal is to stay alive as long as possible, complete objectives, or even wipe out all the zombies. The catch is that when a human dies he will simply join the ranks of the undead, now ready to finish off his old living teammates. The humans can't tell by the player list who is alive and who is undead.
Eventually, there will only be one survivor still standing if everything goes wrong, his back against the wall while facing the animated corpses of his former allies. In a survival round, the zombies team only has a certain number of reinforcements (lives), and when a zombie is killed they lose a life from the counter. However, when a human is killed they gain 1 life. When the zombies run out of lives, the remaining survivors win the round by killing off the remaining undead left on the map. In objective rounds, zombies get an unlimited number of lives while the humans must complete a variety of map-based objectives to win.
We want the game to feel creepy and give you a sense of desperation, and yet not take itself so seriously that you can't laugh at the way you just died. Overall, fun and playability is the priority, and while realism and horror are important, those things are just a bonus when possible. We want a game that you can easily play with groups of any size, even with small or uneven numbers. Plus, there's a certain sense of satisfaction in tearing apart those heartless survivors who failed to protect you while you were alive, limb from limb.
See you there!
-Zombie Panic! Team
We're pleased to finally announce an incredible visual and gameplay overhaul to Asylum, made by one of our environmental artists, Casei Magnus (with some additional support by dr.Vodker), and some information regarding our next update!
Asylum has some updated visuals, more weapons, new locations, and some new pathing between existing rooms, however the big news is that the map isn't nearly as easy for survivors now. Winning is going to require a focused approach to that most dreaded of ZPS activities - teamwork!
The ZPS v3.0.8 update also features a fix for the achievements system, a fix for a server crash reported by a community member, a few map tweaks, and some general bugs fixes.
Also, we're not planning on releasing any major patches or hotfixes on the current code version (3.0.8) of the game, though we might ship a patch if something gets our attention. We've decided to call our next ZPS update version v3.1!
Despite the fact that our main priority is to get our code rewritten fully functional and properly running, we're always making some improvements and updates in other departments of our development.
In our previous announcement, we divulged a couple of new work-in-progress first-person weapon animations for pistols, shotguns, and explosives. We may look into working on other weapons to receive this same revamp and improvements, considering we're doing this in our free time and when we feel it needs work.
You can expect a more attractive main menu with a particular improvement to our scoreboard for varied resolutions on our next biggest update! This includes numerous and known bugs getting fixed where we couldn't fix before because of current difficulties our team had to deal with actual limitations and issues on the HL2:DM code as a base - which we're now developing our own code.
We know you expect us to give an estimated date when this update may or may not roll out for the public. As our code structure is relatively completed, we yet have to playtest it as much as we can to deliver at least a playable though unstable build for public beta. In all honesty, we hope to get v3.1 playable for this Summer. An announcement will be published with further information regarding our next update in the future.
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