DayZ Might Have Some Competition From a New Zombie MMO

Zombie survival sim DayZ is awesome, but its ability to really follow through on its promise is limited somewhat by the constraints of the game it's a mod for, ArmA II.

The War Z, which has an awful name, sounds like it's doing much the same thing, dropping people into a zombie-filled world and asking them to survive. Only, by being its own game, it might be a little more involved.

It'll also probably be a lot less realistic. Speaking with IGN, Eric Nordin, from developers Hammerpoint, says of the inevitable comparisons "The major difference is that DayZ is a fantastic mod for a hardcore military simulation game. We are creating a standalone game, with the entire world designed around a zombie apocalypse, so that players feel completely immersed in that environment."

It's got some richer RPG mechanics in there, unlike DayZ's brutal shooting gameplay, and...look, I'm going to stop comparing the two so openly now, because The War Z entered development last year, before anyone even knew what the hell DayZ was.

Despite coming out surprisingly soon - it's due in the Fall, and will cost $30 - there's no mention of how combat will actually work. Which, um, would probably be most people's deal-breaker in a game about shooting zombies.

You can read more about the game below.

The War Z — A New Zombie Survival Experience [IGN]