June 19th, 2012 | By Minh Tri Nguyen
Following waves after waves of mindless humanoid creatures, what we call zombies, across video games, films and almost every possible form of media, is there a need for more of them? Maybe, your a fan of trading card games and fond of scanning your hand for a cool move that will kick your opponent’s butt real hard. Here’s whats going to happen if you make this Kickstarter possible: Z., the next gen zombie card game is going to come out.
Described as “Magic: The Gathering meets The Walking Dead” (or anything with a “Dead” in the title), Z. attempts to recreate the familiar zombie apocalypse in form of an accessible trading card game, without “100-page rulebook”. The player will participate as Zombies or Survivors to battles against opponents to progress further in an RPG-like fashion. A synchronized cross-platform turn-based system will be utilized, allowing the player to pick up where the game was left off last time, regardless of the devices being used by either sides. PC and iOS are currently targeted as launch platforms, with possibility on Mac, Linux, Facebook and Android kept in mind.
Trying to “recreate original zombie film scenes”, cards in Z. are designed in a dark grotesque style that naturally fits the scene, using a dark red and gray color pallet. Each card has it’s own unique an original horror and gruesome photography effect. It should also be highly noted that the team also collaborated with Northen Five Entertainment, the group responsible for the recent famous Left 4 Dead short fanfilm, is in charge of the story mode cutscenes. The (good) old days of gaming, in which epic cinematics are rewarded for the player following long and hard battles, is indeed hinted. While it’s already exciting enough, one new episode and new cards update is currently planned at every one month period for even more content.
Z. apparently has not been in envelopment for along, and has a long way ahead. Out of $100,000 being pledged, the game has reached over $22,000 at the time of writing. With almost four weeks to go, its future looks rather bright. Meanwhile, the developer will be updating its page daily, covering all related aspects, from new card being revealed to behind-the-scene development documentary.
Some of the pledge rewards look quite attractive, with Kickstarter-exclusive cards, producer involving in the game development’s and even a lifetime VIP membership (if you love it enough to spend that much, of course). Considering the game’s long post-launch plan, they will definitely be a smug boast to anyone looking at your profile page. With 25 days to go, you still have plenty of time to make up your mind how much the game will be worth to you, before deciding who you will fight for, Zombies or the Survivors.
For more information on Z., check out its Kickstarter page.