Greetings, loyal readers! I’m back after being rather badly sick for a week, and boy do I have indie RPG goodies for you all! First up, Soldak Entertainment–creator of such classic procedural world action RPGs as Depths of Peril, Din’s Curse, and Drox Operative–has written in to announce a new title, Zombasite, a kind of zombie apocalypse-by-way-of-dark-magic fantasy title.
The dark elves have always played god by creating and enhancing underworld slave creatures. As they watched a horde of zombies destroy the huge demon city Kraval, the dark elves were tantalized by the devastating power of uncontrolled zombies, and desired to control and increase it. When they wove their dominating magic into a few captive zombies something went horribly wrong!
They hadn’t known the powerful necromancer, Ciglio, had created these zombies. To control his huge armies of undead, Ciglio permanently bound his zombies and their infected victims to him. This binding was so powerful, their loyalty surpassed his untimely death. In the dark elves’ pride and lust, their magic twisted into Ciglio’s binding, fusing into a new, uncontrollable creation, the Zombasite.
Zombasite is a nasty, voracious, all-consuming Zombie Parasite. It doesn’t just reanimate the dead into mindless zombies. It is intelligent, insatiable, and unstoppable—infecting and killing the living, spreading faster and in more ways, helping the dead utilize many of their original skills, and mutating the dead with new powers. Dark elf zombies are terrifying!
So what does this have to do with you? You are the leader of a clan trying to survive the apocalypse. This is easier said than done. When a follower dies, they can’t be saved by any means. The Zombasite is highly contagious and zombies are quickly ravaging the world’s surface. Food is a critical resource that must be obtained. Vendors are rare and have limited supplies. Some of the stronger monsters have survived and are as dangerous as ever. Clans of humans and monsters are fighting over what few supplies are left. Even within your own clan it isn’t safe. Humans living on the edge are even more unstable than usual. So yeah, survival isn’t easy.
There’s a list of planned features here:
- Survive the zombie apocalypse in a fantasy world
- Experience uniquely created worlds for every game, with different areas, monsters, items, and quests
- Explore a dynamic, evolving, living world
- Lead a clan of followers who have their own personalities and skills
- Navigate relationships with rival clans using diplomacy, trade, war, and raids
- Adventure with your friends with co-op multiplayer
- Your choices truly impact the game!
For the most part, it seems like Steven Peeler is sticking to the genre he knows so well, but there are changes–most notably, the addition of leading a clan of followers, as well as dealing with other clans of survivors. Peeler writes that you’ll be able to war with other clans, form alliances, and compete for limited resources.
Zombasite is tentatively planned for release in second quarter 2015.