Another zombie game? Wait a second... we get to play as leader of an undead horde bent on conquest!? Now that's a zombie enterprise worth precious thinking time by our sweet delicious brains.
JumpCore Productions, founded by former Cryptic Studios CEO, is using the ole Dungeon Keeper switcheroo by letting us play on the side of the undead, and sticking it to those humans.
The studio likes to think their Undead Ovelord project is a "breath of rotting putrescence in the zombie games space," which is oversaturated with 'surviving' the inevitable.
It's a real-time strategy where humans - our enemies- are in fact our most precious resource for growing our forces. We'll even get to customize Boss Zombie mutations as special units to smash through the flesh bags and their puny survivalist fortifications. All they need is a cash injection of $60,000 from pledges.
"Now you can control your own horde of zombies and lay waste to the tidy world that humans have created for themselves. Feast on their brains, grow, mutate, and gain incredible powers. Take over a small town (deputies are delicious!). Overwhelm the arriving SWAT units. Reduce a mighty city to rubble and gorge on the remains of generals as their weapons lie smoldering. Savor the mayhem," reads the .
"Undead Overlord is born of a passion to see something different exhumed from the zombie games space. So in the tradition of games like Dungeon Keeper, we've turned the genre on its head, and put the player in charge of the zombie horde." The game is already in the works and achieved a pre-alpha state to show to potential Kickstarter backers.
Our enemy is our resource: "That means that each time a human unit is killed and makes the transition to being undead, the player assumes control of that unit. It means that the tide of battle can shift quickly when a soldier's wing man not only goes out of action, but is suddenly working for the other side. That's a crushing blow to morale, and one that could send that soldier fleeing in panic, or even leave him cowering in abject fear - making him easy, tender, juicy pickings."
A number of stretch goals are on offer which include expanded maps, smarter more squad-based AI and even playing as the human resistance if the $550k milestone is reached. The Kickstarter has just begun so the corpse is fresh. Check out thecampaign to learn more.
It's designed for PC and tablets with early access from $20 or more.
JumpCore announces Undead Overlord, a zombie RTS on Kickstarter
02 October 2013 | By Simon Priest