Publisher Koch Media and video game developer Saber Interactive have announced that World War Z: Aftermath will be getting a physical release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 21, 2021. A retail version of World War Z for the Nintendo Switch will be released in Autumn 2021.
World War Z: Aftermath has been inspired by Paramount Pictures’ World War Z movie that came out in 2013. It has been described as the next evolution of the original game World War Z (which has over 15 million players). According to Eurogamer, WWZ: Aftermath will be available as a paid expansion for those already owning WWZ. It will also be available as a separate title for newcomers.
As for the gameplay mechanics, players will get to experience surviving a zombie apocalypse on consoles and PC with full cross-play. You can join up to three friends or play on your own with AI teammates. You will need to go through “intense story episodes” featuring locations around the world. Your mission will include taking back Vatican City in Rome and even joining forces with survivors in Russia’s snowbound Kamchatka peninsula.
Players can choose if they want to control new or returning characters. You can level-up eight unique classes — the Gunslinger, Hellraiser, Slasher, Medic, Fixer, Exterminator, Dronemaster, and all-new Vanguard class — each with their own perks and playstyles. The new Vanguard class comes with an electric shield that can be used to run through zombies. Weapons are customizable.
The gameplay also features a new “brutal” melee system and dual-wield weapon options. New enemies include swarms of flesh-hungry rats. The visuals offer 4K with 60 FPS support. There’s also a new Horde Mode XL games mode which features hundreds of more zombies! Take note; the Horde Mode XL will arrive in a free post-launch update on PC.
The other feature is the new First-Person Mode option if you want to get closer to the zombie hordes and amp up the tension.
Here’s the trailer showing off the new content!
While I’m not the biggest fan of action-centric gaming titles with fast-running zombies, I can appreciate the visuals and the different ways you can play WWZ, depending on the character and customization decisions you opt for.
Nintendo Switch players can look forward to playing World War Z sometime this Autumn. The Nintendo Switch version includes content from the Game of the Year Edition of World War Z.
The World War Z game was originally released in April of 2019. It went on to collect a passionate fanbase. The upcoming WWZ: Aftermath expansion is sure to offer exciting content to new and existing players.
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