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Zombie Estate 2
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Genre: Action, Shooter
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
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Sep 17, 2012 @ 5:53pm
Apr 3, 2014 @ 1:01pm
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Zombie Estate 2 - Campaign Mode
Zombie Estate 2 - PC
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NOTE: All of features are still in flux. I'm listing them here to give my dream vision for the game, but none of these are guaranteed to appear in the final game.

What have I been working on? ZE1 and ZE2 have always been fantastic "party games." Getting friends on the couch to just mindlessly shoot some undead is always enjoyable. However, I felt like the gameplay lacked some things for a PC game that I plan on addressing.

Introducing, Zombie Estate 2 - Campaign Mode! (Tentative title)

My answer to give some depth to ZE2-PC is to add "Action RPG (ARPG)" elements such as Diablo, Torchlight, or Path of Exile. Completely separate from, what I'm calling "Classic Mode", Campaign Mode brings new excitement to give ZE2-PC even more depth.

  1. Custom Characters - Create your own character that persists across sessions.

  2. Randomly generated levels consisting of varied zombie encounters, treasure chests, and bosses. Complete quests, or simply get from point A to point B. For example, you might be tasked to traverse city streets to gather medicine from a hospital. How these levels will interconnect is still TBD, but I envision a quest HUB that you visit (perhaps the Estate!) that links to various location. These levels will be substantially bigger than the levels you are used to.

  3. Random Loot/Guns/Armor/Hats - Randomly generated guns with new cool stats to help you on your quests. Equip armor on your character to enhance your defenses, or make your guns even more powerful. This means a much bigger inventory and random drops from zombies you defeat. Maybe even crafting or modifying your guns.

  4. Talents - Gaining experience levels up your character allowing you to spend talent points in a brand new talent tree. Enhance your character to fit your play style.

  5. And, the most requested feature, Online Play! Quest with up to 3 of your friends!

As far as my progress, I've been rewriting systems to allow for these exciting features. I've even recruited a friend to help.

Some notable changes/features we've been working on:

Camera Angle
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I decided to try rotating the camera angle for a more "isometric" look to the game. Aesthetically, I think it looks a lot better, and there is a big improvement on visibility of doorways. Vertical doorways have always been difficult to distinguish from a normal wall. This was because the camera angle made seeing the opening in the wall impossible if the player was near it. Shadows/Ambient occlusion helped this, but turning the camera ~45 degrees makes viewing each wall infinitely better.




Lighting Engine
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Dynamic Ambient Occlusion: Ambient Occlusion (AO) is a lighting technique designed to simulate how much a point is exposed to ambient light. Basically, corners of rooms are darker since there are less directions ambient light can bounce to them. It helps the world feel much more "grounded". I recently rewrote some of this logic to dynamically render these shadows. Not only does this drastically speed up the development process, it supports procedurally generated levels as well.

Dynamic Shadows: ZE2 for the XBox also had fake dynamic shadows. These shadows consisted of black blobs under all the objects in the world. Especially with the ability to jump, this helped objects/zombies to visually read better in 3D space. In ZE2-PC, I'm working on dynamic shadows that allow for real shaped shadows. Even the level casts shadows.




Weapon/Armor/Stats System
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I'll have more details on this soon, but the new stat system allows for immensely flexible gun/armor stats. The complexity can range from simple things, like "50% chance to catch enemy on fire" to crazy complex things, like a hat you're wearing curving bullets you fire, from any gun. With this new system, you could get a Card Shuffler that freezes enemies, or a Rocket Launcher that generates black holes on impact!


That's all for now! We're working hard and we appreciate your patience! Lots of work to be done. The wait will be worth it!

Zombie Estate 2 Greenlit!
Description
Sequel to one of the best selling indie games, Zombie Estate 2 is almost here!

Have you ever wanted to shoot a rocket launcher into a crowd of zombies? Have you ever wanted to do that... as a duck? Zombie Estate was an instant XBLIG classic selling over 120,000 copies and rated top 10 out of over 2000 games. Mixing a twin stick shooter with tower defense and RPG elements, Zombie Estate 2 brings forth an exciting online co-op experience.


Features
  • Battle thousands of zombies!
  • Play with up to four friends online for co-op zombie killing action!
  • Over one hundred guns to use!
  • Four levels to play in: The Estate, The Mall, Zombie High School, and Skyscraper!
  • Tons of characters to unlock and play! All of them have unique stats, starting weapons, and unlockable super weapons! Be a firefighter who takes less fire damage but dishes out more water and ice damage, or a hulking, slow character who can take a beating before going down.
  • Six unique talent trees that allow you to spend points customizing what role your character will play to help your teammates. Want to be a medic? A tank? A melee damage dealer? Or do you prefer to drop turrets and minions and let them kill zombies for you?
  • Earn points to unlock new characters and hats!

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Popular Discussions View All (26)
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Sep 12, 2014 @ 8:05pm
Post the game on other websites or software
Inkling
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Dec 25, 2014 @ 9:24am
ANY NEWS?
Spartankid47
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Jan 17 @ 10:51pm
Is this game still coming out??
Itz_Adept
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BOT Joe Jun 27 @ 3:45pm 
Thanks for the update. I understand what thats like. Marriage suddenly takes over and you have less time for things at first. ^_^ Only recently did I have time to get back to games again. Can't wait to see it when its done. Take your time, its a game worth waiting for!
Netherius  [author] Jun 26 @ 5:20am 
I'm back working on the game after a busy couple of months (got married!) I will posting an update soon showing off a new level engine I've been working on that will allow for more interesting scenery! Still an immense amount of work to be done, but keep posting comments and ideas! I do read them!
gardius86 Jun 25 @ 7:24pm 
so any news on this?
Kel Varnsen Jun 18 @ 1:04pm 
i grew up waiting for this game
sora2151 Jun 1 @ 1:31pm 
is there any news of the game
BeingFrankWithYou May 29 @ 1:41pm 
Sooooooo what is going on with this game?!
May0 May 27 @ 6:59pm 
plz
Let me eat my damn chicken May 22 @ 7:19pm 
this has taken... forever... plz man give us a headsup. My nerdgasm can only last so long ;-;
Kel Varnsen May 9 @ 2:50am 
let's have this out by monday, see you there
Bels May 8 @ 8:17pm 
I remeber this on xbox it was hands down amazing