By Adam Dodd on June 25, 2015 @BabyColada
One of the most controversial video games of 2013 is getting a reboot, and George Cameron Romero, son of legendary director George A. Romero, is going to be involved as a “creative force”, because having his name on the box can’t hurt sales.
Technically, Romero’s Aftermath is a spiritual successor to the universally maligned zombie survival MMO Infestation: Survivor Stories (formerly The War Z). I know what you’re thinking, and yes, that’s the same game that Valve was forced to remove from Steam when it was discovered that its developer had lied to misled people into thinking it had features it didn’t.
Since it’s no easy task making a video game — especially when that game is an MMO and the team behind it is small — I’m going to rein in the mean a bit. Free Reign East, its new developer, seems passionate about the world they created and the fans who found a way to immerse themselves in it. They were quick to address some of the lingering issues in their reveal of the game, even if in doing so, they’ve done what Sega tried very hard not to do with Alien: Isolation and its similarly tenuous relation to the abysmal Colonial Marines.
“The development team behind Infestation wanted to create a new experience for Infestation/WarZplayers making sure to keep best parts of the game that made it popular, while avoiding controversial decisions and plain stupid mistakes that were previously made,” explains its developer in an interview with Eurogamer. Infestation publisher OP Productions LLC kept that from happening, so now they’re doing it without their involvement. That’s for the best, I think.
For early access to what Free Reign East humbly refers to as “potentially one of the greatest zombie survival games on the market,” all you need to do is go here and select a package.
Access is free for Infestation players with active Pioneer or Legendary accounts, and for the folks who sunk 100+ hours or invested $25+ into the game. It costs at least $14.99 for everyone else.
I’ve already admitted I don’t understand the appeal of DayZ or the slew of clones it continues to inspire, so I’m going to leave it to you to tell me if this is something you want. Is it?