Why I’m Already Excited for World War Z

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Last night at The Game Awards, Saber Interactive revealed their upcoming IP: World War Z. World War Z is a four-person cooperative action game with action based on the film and novel of the same name. In the reveal trailer, there are scenes of zombies crawling over one another to form a human tower, calling back to the film’s similar, iconic scene.

I was head over heels about this game the second I saw the trailer. Not only am I a sucker for a good zombie game, but World War Z happens to be one of my favorite novels. From what I gather from the trailer and from Saber Interactive’s press release about the game, it follows the stories of survivors around the globe, taking place in cities like New York, Moscow, and Jerusalem. Based on this, it seems like the game will follow the novel more closely than the film did.

For those who don’t know, the original novel by Max Brooks is a story told through interviews of survivors of the war against the zombies. Each chapter is a different story from a different survivor in a different part of the world. That makes for a cool game. I know there are stories that I hope will be included, but it’s unclear as of now how much content Saber Interactive will be pulling from the source and how much will be original.

Despite being a co-op (a genre I don’t typically play) I am truly excited to see this game in development. I love a good zombie game, and feel like the universe of World War Z is going to translate extremely well. The fast-paced, cooperative, blink and you’re dead action of the film paired with formidable but familiar enemies is exactly what we need in a gaming landscape where zombie games are largely based on stealth. Whether you’re a fan of shooters or of action survival games, this is a title we should all be keeping an eye on.

World War Z is currently slated for a 2018 release on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.

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