WotLD Resurrection: Q&A Part 3
As mentioned in our previous blog posts, World of the Living Dead has been shut down in favour of a brand new reboot in the form of World of the Living Dead: Resurrection. A while ago, we asked veteran WotLD players to post any questions they had about the new game. We’ve loosely divided up the questions into different sections, so here are a selection dealing with NECRA and the new approach to servers.
Will the NECRA backstory remain the same or will there be a new story? Will there be more emphasis on the story?
The National Emergency Control and Relief Agency is still at the heart of the game and WotLD: Resurrection will make the point of the Survival Cell system clear. Players will learn more about NECRA’s research objectives from how the Autolab works, getting a better understanding of why they have to force their unfortunate survivors through zombie-filled city blocks. The new mission system will also obliquely suggest the massive scope of NECRA and SCUGS.
When a new cycle kicks in, do we all start from zero again?
Each server will be completely new, with nothing carried over. Remember that servers are even designed to co-exist, so that you might be playing in Los Angeles but also in New York and Washington. That said, it’s very likely that there will be some cool rewards for those who do really well in any server. The tradition in WotLD is that these come in the form of special items, such as an Indestructible Katana and Colt Peacemaker. Expect more of the same for the top players in any server. Let us know if you have any favourite items that you’d really like to see!
There have been several mentions of “winning” the game and overarching goals. Can you expand on those concepts?
Our experiments in an open-world survival browser game led us to decide that, while players had a lot of fun in the short term, the game became less interesting for everyone when there was no goal. The idea that NECRA was carrying out research was implanted in the game from almost the very beginning, with research compounds, antivirals, vaccines serving as mission objectives. The new Research system expands upon this and makes it central to how cyclical servers can come to an end.
The collecting of samples from freshly-downed zeds and the scavenging of compounds can be treated as a secondary objective which happens alongside scavenging, PvP and raiding, or it can become the only goal, but each server will end when the final stage of research is completed and the motive force behind the reanimation of the dead is neutralized. The player who completes the final stage first is the winner of that server. Remember that there are lots of ways to disrupt the research efforts of other players - by raiding safehouses where samples are stored, attacking squads used for collecting samples or compounds - or a player can join forces with a faction and improve their chance of being part of winning the game. It’s up to the faction how they work out who takes the final glory.
The thing to remember about WotLD is that the player is a NECRA operative. This game has never really been all about the survivors. The suggestively gruesome Test Subject missions should have made that very clear. NECRA has bigger fish to fry.
Are there any new supply categories besides the ones that were in the last version?
Samples, compounds and other Research items were part of the original WotLD, but they have been expanded for Resurrection. The new Research system incorporates the collection of samples (e.g. hair, bone, brain, muscle tissue, spinal fluid and so on). We tested a form of these out in the form of Easter Eggs a couple of years ago, although we’ve changed the method of collection from direct scavenging to collecting in high z-density areas.
We’ve also added Components which are used in the new repair and modification system. This category is likely to massively expand over time, as we’ll be enlisting help from the community to suggest lots of favourite zombie-killing weapon modifications.
Is this version more amenable to GM-led “events”? If so, do you have any planned already?
Murder Week was a really popular event a couple of years ago. We’d like to do something like that again in future. There will also be more special bug-out bags like the Zed Hunter bag every now and then. Players will also get unique content in the form of missions, which will continue to be expanded as the game goes on. We like the idea of special events, but for now we have to focus on getting the core of the game tested and ready for lots of players.
Will we be able to gather info from survivor corpses (NECRA id/description)?
This is really something we want to do in future. We love the idea of finding NECRA ID cards along with bios scattered around the game map. In the meantime, players can still gather items dropped by any dead survivor, although it will be a little less obvious when Lost Property is around, mainly to give the original owner a chance to reclaim their property before it gets found at random. However, if a player-killer knows where the loot is, there’s nothing stopping them from claiming their prize.
Can you tell us how you played the game? Everyone knew where Projekt’s safehouse was in the Hollywood hills. Where you just testing, and will we be able to find you in Resurrection?
We’re always testing. If you ever came across a player with the name “drone” in their name, it was almost certainly one of Projekt’s. There were also some other pseudonyms in use both by Jungly and Projekt, although we both liked to keep a low profile and avoid hitting the rankings, for obvious reasons.
We’ll be there in Resurrection (we already are - drone8 just lost a survivor near Santa Monica on the alpha server), but you may not always recognise us… We do have different styles of play: Jungly is very mission-driven, while Projekt has always been very interested in scavenging and seeing where everyone was, checking out graffiti and generally exploring the universe at close quarters.
Stay tuned to the blog for all the latest information on WotLD: Resurrection. In the meantime, you can keep up-to-date by following us on http://twitter.com/wotld, becoming a fan at http://facebook.com/wotld , reading the blog at http://blog.worldofthelivingdead.com and of course signing up for WotLD: Resurrection at www.worldofthelivingdead.com
posted 1 month ago