Today developer Undead Labs announced that it’s planning to “create the definitive massively multiplayer online zombie game (MMOZ) for console gamers.”
While this looks like a highly ambitious project, it seems to be in good hands. The new studio was founded by Blizzard veteran Jeff Strain, whose accomplishments include being part of the team that brought us such classics as Diablo and StarCraft. Also, according to the press release, Strain formed “the initial team and kicked off development on the wildly successful MMO World of Warcraft [in 1999] while taking on the roles of team lead and lead programmer on the project.” In 2000, Strain left Blizzard with two others to found the MMO development studio ArenaNet.
As of right now, Undead Labs has yet to announce any release date or platform for its zombie MMO. The company hopes to “pioneer a new development model that will create a new breed of MMO built from the ground-up for console gamers.”
The press release stated: “Undead Labs is committed to bringing to life an MMO loaded with action, humor and, of course, a whole lotta zombies, because the world doesn’t need more dragons. Nothing screams funny quite like wading into a group of rotting zombies with a lawn chair and a box of sharpened #2 pencils, and nothing says fun quite like doing it with your friends, whether online or on your couch.”
What do you guys think about this? I know I’d love a zombie MMO, however I’m a tad bit skeptical on how the game will actually play out. The trouble with zombie games is they tend to get redundant, and nothing kills MMOs faster than redundancy.