A whole bunch of new info has been revealed about Overkill’s The Walking Dead via a developer live stream, including the announcement of a closed PC beta that’s due to drop next month.
The Payday 2 developers will be running a closed beta for The Walking Dead from October 9th, although entry is going to be exclusive to those brave souls who lay down the cash for a pre-order. Pre-ordering the standard edition will net you one key, while Overkill’s The Walking Dead Deluxe Edition will provide four keys to share with mates.
In addition to the closed beta news, Overkill also revealed plenty of new tidbits about what we can expect from the co-op first-person shooter. Players will have to work together to survive in a zombie-infested world, scavenging for supplies and utilising unique class abilities. Different types of walker will exhibit different behaviours, while traps can be laid, doors barricaded, weapons can jam, silencers will eventually break, and there will be puzzle-solving elements.
Saul Gascon, Overkill producer, said there are over 45 different weapons in at launch, each able to be customised with a range of attachments to tailor them to specific playstyles. "There's a lot of weapons in the game,” said Gascon. “We have 45 weapons and then around 200 mods to modify the guns. This is very important because we want you to feel that you're trying to survive. We want you to choose how you get your weapons and you can add a lot of mods to modify it."
Upgrading weapons will form one pillar of progression, and Overkill is keen to stay away from any pay-to-win elements. To that end, there will be no microtransactions whatsoever in Overkill’s The Walking Dead, including cosmetics. This presumably means some post-launch content may be charged for, including a possible season pass with new maps.
The Walking Dead is out on November 6 for PC and February 2019 on consoles. The jury’s still well and truly out on this one though, particularly as to whether Overkill can hit the lofty heights of Payday 2, which has become one of the biggest games on Steam.