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Zombie Apocalypse MMO Spearheaded By Former WoW Dev

by Tim Turi on Nov 23, 2009 at 06:29 AM



Zombie-fever rages on. We’ve hacked the undead to bits in Left 4 Dead 2 and Dead Rising, slain laboratory abominations in Resident Evil, and even defended our homes against them with ferocious plant life. What we haven’t had, however, is a Massively Multiplayer Online Zombie Game. Jeff Strain, former Blizzard programmer, plans to deliver one with his return to development at Undead Labs.

Undead Labs is a development team in Seattle formed for the sole purpose of creating the “definitive” Zombie MMO (MMOZ) for console gamers. IGN reports the team is shooting to inject humor, action, and tons of zombies into the stalling zombie-game trend.

“Every time I see a good zombie movie with friends, we spend days debating our strategies for surviving the zombie apocalypse,” says Strain. “The police station or the supermarket? Garden rake or staple gun? Bach or The White Stripes? I’m a game developer, so I’d probably be useless for anything other than ghoul bait, but I’m excited to have the opportunity to build an MMOZ that lets us put those strategies to the test and find out for sure.”

Police station or supermarket, huh? Strain’s wrong on both accounts. Everybody knows you have to flee to the country on bicycle and head up north to colder climates. Freezing weather equals frozen zombie corpses. With any hope, this fabled zombie MMO will allow self-proclaimed undead apocalypse pros such as myself to test our mettle once and for all.

Strain has myriad experience programming for StarCraft, Diablo, and forming the development team of World of Warcraft. The genesis of our flesh eater-laden world appears to be in capable hands.

Anybody starting to ruminate over their post-apocalyptic strategies now? What will you do when the dead begin to rise?