World War Z free PS5 & Xbox Series X|S upgrade & Horde Mode XL update coming on 24th January

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Saber Interactive has announced that World War Z: Aftermath free PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X|S upgrade will launch on 24th January 2023. The upgrade will come alongside the launch of Horde Mode XL for the current generation consoles and PC, while all platforms will receive regular horde mode mutators in a free update.

World War Z is a popular take on the zombie co-op shooter genre from the PS4 and Xbox One generation, first launching in 2019 before being expanded and enhanced with the release of World War Z: Aftermath in 2021. This added a new class, new levels to take on and some backward compatibility enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. At the time of Aftermath’s release, Saber announced that a native port would be made for the new generation of consoles and release in early 2022. That promise is now being realised almost a year late, but it’s better late than never!

As with the backward compatibility version, World War Z: Aftermath on PS5 and Xbox Series X targets 4K and 60fps gameplay. However, the latest version of the Swarm Engine, the newer consoles and PCs can dive into Horde Mode XL. This allows for special XL waves that will feature over 1,000 zombies rushing toward your defensive positions.

All World War Z players across PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC will also get a free update with mutators for the standard Horde Mode Z, as well as some new weapons and a revamped weapon progression system.

Aftermath was a solid, if somewhat unremarkable expansion for World War Z. In our review, Aran wrote:

“Is Aftermath worth it then? It is if you are a fan World War Z and are looking for more content. The new class is a decent addition and can add a new tactical choice when facing the hordes, while both the episodes of Rome and Kamchatka add a couple more hours of content and more variety for when you’re grinding for levels and upgrades. However, the first person mode feels undercooked and the rat swarms just aren’t scary compared to the likes of the Bull and the Lurker zombies.”

Source: press release

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