Project Zomboid was first released as a technical demonstration in April 2011, and then released on Steam in November 2013. It went through some ups and downs in the early years, and the game was leaked. The notorious story at the time was the theft of two laptops containing a bunch of unbacked code: The developer The Indie Stone will continue to publish a titled “How to (not) make a game” Industry presentations.
It now appears that Indie Stone needs to write another presentation: how to turn your passion project into a viral hit after ten and a half years. While everyone else is laughing at the turkey and leftovers, the number of players in Project Zomboid has been soaring.The reason is that Major update This almost completely changed the game.
The extent to which Build 41 has improved Project Zomboid cannot be overemphasized. In many other respects, it introduces new animation and movement systems, greatly improved multiplayer features, a new city, a new combat system, a series of new systems for dealing with problems such as damage and foraging, and more There is too much content to list one by one. It almost feels like developers can post 2 at the end and sell it as a sequel.
The increase in the number of players coincided with the release of this version: in November 2021, it had an average of about 7,000 players per day, anyway, this is a very respected number for indie games, but starting in early December, The number of players began to soar. Zomboid has never broken five figures before, but on December 9th, this newly updated test branch was released and shattered.
We broke 5 digits for the first time ever: o#ProjectZomboid #PZ pic.twitter.com/CtzZiaCVvXDecember 9, 2021
The full update was released on December 20: At the time of writing, Project Zomboid had fewer than 48,000 players playing, and it set a record of 65,505 players three days ago.
I asked the coder and MD Chris Simpson of The Indie Stone about this crazy turn of events. Is it about build 41?
“We know that we are brewing something special in build 41,” Simpson wrote. “In the long-term beta, our community has given an overwhelmingly positive response to the game’s improvements over the previous version, and the knowledge of what multiplayer games will add to it has led us to believe that if we can stick to the landing and provide In uncorrupted multiplayer games, we will be more interested in what we are used to.
“Of course, we hope to have a lot of interest, but hope and expectation are two completely different things, and the level of absurdity is unpredictable. Games that compete for the top ten during the winter promotion are frankly like science fiction. “
PC Game Diary: Project Zomboid
Jacob Ridley, senior hardware editor: Last year I spent a lot of time watching my good friends play Project Zomboid on Discord. It’s not because I don’t want to play, but that Build 41, which was only half of the beta version completed at the time, is already very good, and we don’t want to disable it to play online. We could play Steam remote games, but we found that single player games can temporarily solve the problem. That and we are very lazy. Switching to today, we are all playing Zomboid, and it is better than ever. This is not just the simplicity of its newly discovered multiplayer game, the combat has also been improved tenfold, which helps to better demonstrate the great depth that Zomboid must provide.
Project Zomboid has always been popular among the anchors to a certain extent, and its multiplayer survival mechanism is particularly suitable for the fun of role-playing.
“Players like to get together on the RP server, play the role of the zombie apocalypse, and live out their own walking dead,” Simpson said. “We have seen a surge in interest in watching this type of content on Twitch. GTA RP is a huge thing. People like to watch their favorite streaming characters etc. in server-wide stories. My wife has been positive. Participating in that scene for a long time, all the survival and production is obvious, our game is the perfect platform to provide this kind of fun, so we try to rely on it.
“I think Build 41 is more attractive than B40. In addition to the significantly more reliable multiplayer game, the most important thing is that character customization, animation, and battle overhaul make a big difference in the look and feel of the game. It makes For players who tend to avoid us and prefer a more immersive FPS experience, this game is more approachable and more visually appealing.”
At the time of writing, 31,000 people are watching Project Zomboid flow On Twitch: Not bad for games that are still in Early Access. When you read The Indie Stone’s blog and forum posts, you will clearly realize that this is a studio and a collective of passionate projects. You just won’t spend so much time in the game unless there is a lot of love.
Nevertheless, I do find it strange that the “early access” label still exists. I asked the Simpson team’s passion for the game: Will Project Zomboid reach the platonic ideal of a zombie multiplayer survival simulation game, and will it be completed?
“Well, we won’t give up until we think it’s’finished’. We like this game very much, but it’s been ten years,” Simpson wrote. “Obviously, there is a strong desire for something new that any game developer may acquire in a year or two: we have been suppressing it for much longer! That’s why we insist on using Early Access until we think it’s done ‘, It doesn’t need to be perfect, but it needs to be something that we don’t think of “although we have never done X” when we look back. There is a very clear list of things we will regret . Once it reaches 1.0, I think many of us will be done, and after devoting most of our lives to Zomboid, we are eager to try new things.”
Even so, Simpson added that version 1.0 “will not be the end of game support” and, as the studio has always done, avoid setting any clear deadlines for it. Simpson wrote: “We are a tortoise, not a hare. We always make sure to win the game when our product comes out.” “So basically it will be completed when the functions on our internal checklist are perfect, and when all of our games are When the oldest and worst elements are replaced. At the same time, we will continue to add content to fill in other elements of the excluded game.”
How to emphasize how remarkable the sudden increase in popularity of Project Zomboid is. This is an 11-year-old indie game. During that time, it has received constant support and updates, and suddenly found a wider audience: This proves both the dedication of the developers and the community. Support and support the studio for such a long period of time. Moreover, it is undeniable that this is a proof-this is obviously a game of special significance.
Project Zomboid is currently on sale 30% off on SteamIf you want to join the tribe.