It seems strange that World War Z is getting both a sequel and a Triple-A video game title next year. After all, it was that film that seemed to signal the end of the glut of zombie-based media of recent years, and World War Z came out five years ago.
Despite having Brad Pitt, numerous exotic locations and an enormous budget, the film was poorly received largely due to people just becoming sick of zombie films (granted, the terrible script didn’t help either). Yet, here we are in 2018 with the video-game coming in to view on the horizon in the form of a new gameplay trailer.
World War Z is a four-player co-op shooter, where the aim is to fight your way through hordes of the undead to escape their rotting clutches. No, I did not just copy and paste the Wikipedia description for Left4Dead, that is genuinely how derivative the premise is. Still, what it lacks in originality, it may make up for in execution.
The latest trailer showcases some interesting mechanics for the zombie horde, including them performing their famous ‘zombie tsunami’ tactic from the movie to scale walls. Additionally, the developers claim that there could even be 1000 zombies on screen at once. What this will do to peoples’ internet connections is unclear at this stage.
Perhaps World War Z will be a welcome modern update to the Left4Dead games and will manage to appeal to multi-player shooter fans. Frankly, I am skeptical, though that might just be the lingering aura of disappointment left by the 2013 film. The game is scheduled for release next year, though exactly when is currently unclear.
Check out the gameplay trailer below for more on World War Z:
World War Z is set for release in 2019 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.