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World War Z Swarm Mechanic Shown Off in New Dev Video

Up to 500 zombies can appear at once.

by Dylan Siegler


The next big zombie co-op shooter is just over a month away. The thing that makes World War Z stand out amongst a plethora of other similar games is its emphasis on its massive swarms of zombies, a mechanic that was explained in more detail in a recent developer diary video.

In the video, developers at Saber Interactive explain that they created a new engine, called the Swarm Engine, for World War Z that will allow up to 500 zombies on screen at a time. What also makes these swarms interesting is that the entire group of zombies act like a singular unit, similar to a school of fish. However, once the zombies start getting close to players, they can break off from the group and act as individuals as well. These zombies will do anything to get to their prey, from jumping off buildings to running through fire to, famously, climbing over each other to ascend large structures.

The video also states that the main campaign of World War Z is broken up into episodes, each with its own story, location, and set of unique characters. It is also explained that the game will react to each player’s skill level and playstyle, so no two playthroughs will be the same.

World War Z will launch on April 16 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It is available to pre-order now, with extra weapons being available as a pre-order bonus. You can watch the new dev video below.

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