In our review of Zombie Vikings Aran noted that there were a “number of issues” although these were being patched at a furious rate. It turns out the developers, Zoink, knew of these, including a couple of game breaking problems, but were forced to release the game due to it being part of the Vote to Play feature.
“Since we had this [Vote to Play] deadline we worked extremely hard to get the game finished, and we submitted the game just a couple of days before the release day,” explains Mikael Forslind for Zoink. “When we submitted we had fixed all the bugs we could at that moment, but we were aware there were still some bugs left so we immediately started working on a day one patch. Most bugs that were left were because of the online mode that Zombie Vikings have.”
“We’ve never made a game with an online mode before and that task turned out to be way more complex than we could have ever imagined,” he added. “Working with a Vote To Play deadline and with a complex (for us) online mode turned out to be a real challenge and were the primary reason the game launched not polished enough.”
One big site reviewed the game before the latest patch and gave it a score of just 25%, but a month since launch and numerous patches later all the reviews have been 80% or above. The good news is that the team are turning the negatives in to positives by relaunching the game with fresh update to zap all the bugs, add new content, including a new mechanic. The update will be free to everyone who has already purchased the game.