Last week, in an interview with IGN, Saber Interactive revealed that they’re working on two new versions of their co-op zombie shooter game World War Z. The first of these is World War Z Game of the Year Edition. This new edition packs in all of the previously released content for the game, including the incredible premium weapon skins, and a whole new episode made up of three mission, four new characters, and tonnes of added content. The second version of the game is just a little Switch port (woah!).
Saber Interactive are the people who worked on The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt for Nintendo Switch. That game is probably the most stunning port that has ever been seen for the platform, but now they’re saying that World War Z is the most complex port that they’ve ever worked on. When you hear the reasons why, it’s not hard to understand. Yes, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt was a technical marvel, and it needed to be downgraded quite a bit in order to fit on the Switch. But World War Z is more complicated.
In World War Z, you’re fighting hundreds of zombies at any given moment. That might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s really not. This is what makes the game fun and frantic. On top of that, you have to consider that four players are all working together online in each mission, which is just how the game is designed. It’s a phenomenal effort just for a PC, PS4, or Xbox One to run, let alone the Switch. Somehow, Saber Interactive is working to allow the Switch to manage all of the zombies on screen, whilst also supporting four player co-op.
I love World War Z. it’s fully based in the film’s cinematic universe, but that’s what makes it so good. The game plays on the swarming nature of the zombies, seeing them climb up higher and higher before they totally overwhelm you. It’s sometimes hard not to marvel at the sights you’re seeing, but you can’t stare for too long because you’ll get eaten. I can’t wait to try the game on Switch, and may even move over to that as my main platform for it. The only hesitation I have is if character progression isn’t made available across each platform. Saber Interactive must be having a hard time making that work too, but if they don’t, they won’t have nearly as many players as they need.
World War Z was recently made available for free on the Epic Game Store. Epic Games have said that it was the most popular free game they’ve ever offered, with 9.9 million downloads. That’s the same number of pounds that Banksy’s Chimpanzee painting sold for last year. While the game regularly sees tens of thousands of concurrent players, at the time it was free it saw a boost to 250,000 players all online at once. That was the number of people needed to volunteer to help the NHS in the UK during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Thankfully three times that number of people volunteered.
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