Generation Zero's First Gameplay Trailer Shows Dynamic Co-op FPS Action in Apex Engine

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Aug 18, 2018 9:53 AM
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Revealed just prior to E3, Avalanche Studios was a little coy at the time about what Generation Zero entails. They’ve just dropped the first gameplay trailer though, offering us a deeper look at what to expect from this co-op, open-world first-person shooter.

First and foremost, the biggest surprise is that Generation Zero is, well, a first-person shooter. The original reveal trailer made Gen Zero look for all the world like a third-person shooter, and Avalanche has basically made its name off the back of Just Cause’s third-person action.

The second interesting little tidbit is Generation Zero is being developed on the Apex Engine. This is a new game engine created in-house at Avalanche for the purpose of Just Cause 4. It’s obviously suited to massive open-worlds, but we’ve seen with Just Cause 4 that it’s incredibly adept at physics simulation, including dynamic weather systems and wind effects.

While the gameplay show here is painfully slow, this is like just for demo purposes rather than an insight at the final game. Still, what’s here actually looks hugely promising. We know Avalanche love sandboxes and it appears as if Generation Zero will have plenty of systems-based gameplay and situations dynamically unfolding.

Avalanche Studios has said a closed beta for Generation Zero will be taking place this fall, you can sign up for that on the official site.

Generation Zero will be coming on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One in 2019.

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18:58 Aug-19-2018

If you head over to the Generation Zero website you can sign up for the beta.

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05:29 Aug-19-2018

I think this game lacks eney tipes, i mean i only saw 4 or 5 types of enemies.Aside from that the game looks ok, as well as graphics.

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04:48 Aug-19-2018

I remember this back at E3, I put it straight on my Steam wishlist. It's a shame there is no PVP though.

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08:32 Aug-19-2018

Tbh, I am kind of glad that there's no PvP. Maybe it would be nice if it were an option, for that those want it, but not forced. I bought DayZ early on and would have been much happier with that game if there non-PvP servers, but they straight up refuse to do that. Even ARK has non-PvP servers.

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09:13 Aug-19-2018

Yeah some like it, some don't, I just find PVP to be a whole lot more challenging and creates it's own stories,adventures and increases the longevity. I'd still enjoy it even though it's only PVE but a choice would of been nice.

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20:23 Aug-18-2018

Apex Engine is also the name of Nvidia's solution for destructible meshes and fractures, them devs must already know about it, they even maybe using it for this very game, why choose this naming ? hm... weird.

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20:24 Aug-18-2018

That aside, the game looks good, we need a lot of coop games these days, hopefully local

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22:30 Aug-18-2018

Doesn't matter really, one is a framework api called simply Apex (Nvidia), the other is Apex Engine. They are in the clear either way.

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12:28 Aug-19-2018

You're right ! I took look and it's simply APEX, thanks.

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18:10 Aug-18-2018

Got my attention.

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17:01 Aug-18-2018

Am I the only one who thinks that the gameplay looks super junky and overall really bad? The AI, animations, models.. everything looks like pre-alpha placeholders. Hopefully they will be able to polish things up before the release.

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12:32 Aug-18-2018

You say 'painfully slow' - I say cinematically slow / beautifully paced / tasteful / more immersive. It develops and enhances the mood of the story it's narrating - the characters/players are noticing the lack of civilization in their home environment - therefore cautiously investigating the world - why does it have to be done at adrenaline-junky speed. This way one can appreciate the world design better.
Also really liking the intelligent game design, the traps, the customization of weapons, the world, the incredible enemy AI/continuity where if you don't kill them but damage them, that damage stays for days = more immersion.

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10:24 Aug-18-2018

Yes, it's not a zombies(walking potato) game

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14:09 Aug-18-2018

It honestly looks like everything I wanted out of DayZ but never got. I wasn't following the game before this trailer, but I will be from now. It's just another game that I'm going to have to make friend to play with.

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