World War Z roadmap reveals second season of free content, crossplay

The World War Z pandemic continues to spread. Having sold more than 2 million copies since it launched back in April, the survival horror adaptation has proved to be one of 2019’s breakout hits.

Whether you’re up to your knees in viscera or still waiting to pull the trigger on World War Z, there’s good news. After rolling out its first series of free post launch updates, developer Saber Interactive has even more content and features in the pipeline.

Scheduled for Q4 2019, season two promises even more ways to play World War Z with bonus missions, added customisation options, and cross play for the game’s PvE modes. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s to come:

  1. Challenging new PvE missions set in Moscow and New York
  2. The highly anticipated introduction of a wave-based horde mode – Horde Mode Z
  3. A dangerous new Special Zombie type
  4. PvE crossplay support
  5. The ability to prestige rank up for new weapon skins and perks
  6. A fiery new weapon and new cosmetic items

In its previous season, Saber Interactive added the Tokyo based mission “The Undead Sea” as well as weekly challenges and a “six skull” difficulty option for those wanting to put their zombie slaying skills to the test.

Admittedly, there was scepticism when World War Z was first announced. Although the source material – 2006’s best-selling novel of the same name – is still held up as one of the greatest examples of zombie apocalypse fiction, its film adaptation was fairly divisive.

However there was one scene from the 2013 flick that immediately caught the attention of Saber Interactive. A highlight for many was the undead siege of Jerusalem, in which hundreds of zombies pile on top of each other like some kind of flesh eating wave.

This set piece became the cornerstone of Saber’s vision for a World War Z video game. Using its own purpose built Swarm Engine technology, the developer was able to create a similar effect with its in game zombies.

In our review of World War Z, Nicole awarded the co-op zombie shooter a strong 7/10, likening it to an old favourite of ours:

It’s safe to say that World War Z doesn’t shy away from its undeniable likeness to Valve’s 10 year old masterpiece. In borrowing many of that game’s ideas, from its AI engine to the uncannily similar special zombies, it’s actually become a spiritual successor that can scratch that Left 4 Dead itch. World War Z might lack in originality, but this isn’t enough to deter from the brainless, fast-paced, cooperative shooter action that you can effortlessly sink hours into and unknowingly get a real soft spot for.

Source: Press release

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