Bigben and Eko Software have released the first video showcasing the making of their upcoming Rugby 18.
Nick Mullins and Ben Kay – official commentators for the English leagues and Rugby 18 – run through how their voices and audio was captured for the game. This is all part of recreating the atmosphere found in a stadium; the noise of the crowd, the commentary, the analysis and the anecdotes throughout the match.
505 Games and Eko Software have announced today that How to Survive 2, the cult Zombie Co-Op Crafting Survival game, is coming to consoles in February 2017 after a successful release on Steam back in September 2016. Sequel to the multi-million selling How to Survive, the game is set 15 years after the first game and players now find themselves trying to survive a massive Zombie infestation in Louisiana.
15 Years on and the local infection that started in Los Riscos’ archipelago has now turned into a worldwide pandemic. Everyone around the world, groups of people or lone wolves, try to survive one more day among the infected, attempting to recover a semblance of normal life. You find yourself in Louisiana and your survival chance starts by building a safe camp and becoming a skilled survivalist.
Multiplayer is here! You can invite up to 16 players to access your camp and 4 of you can play simultaneously.
Teamwork: all players can contribute to a bigger, better camp and can perform co-op actions and strategies.
New improved camera follows your character, allowing you to zoom in and out on the fly!
New randomized environments: from the unforgiving Mississippi Delta bayous to the abandoned streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Create your own character: learn new and different skills to specialize as you level up and equip with scavenged and handcrafted armor, tools and weapons.
A new deeper crafting system will allow you to use items and materials to create hundreds of items, tools and weapons to upgrade your character and your base camp.
Set-up, upgrade and protect your camp as you want: choose from a wide upgradeable variety of traps, barricades, obstacle and workshops that will open different skill trees and allow you to create more materials and items.
Quests and infinite random raids.
Night & day cycle and weather conditions.
Players will have to scavenge for resources, craft tools and weapons, build base camps, and interact with the many colorful characters that populate the area. Players of the original game will discover that series favorite, Kovac, the masked stranger & author of the ever present survival guide will also be on hand to help players outlive the zombie plague.
How to Survive 2, will be coming to Xbox One in February 2017 at a price of £11.99. Anyone who pre-orders through XBLA will get 2 free pieces of DLC content, which will unlock pets, headgear, and an upgradable weapons that your characters can equip. For further information check out the official How to Survive 2 website.
Eko Software and 505 Games today confirmed that the sequel to this months Games with Gold title, surprise indie hit How to Survive, is not only on its way but will be hitting Steam early access before the end of the year.
Taking place in the universe of the successful first game, this new title offers more advanced graphics, hundreds of objects to craft, all with the appropriate backdrop of the French Quarter of New Orleans and the bayous of Louisiana.
Several months have passed since the episode in the archipelago of Los Riscos. Now the infection has spread and turned into a global pandemic. All around the world people are trying to survive from day to day, hoping regain a semblance of normal life. The player starts the adventure in Louisiana; to maximize your chances of survival, you will have to build a secure camp and quickly develop your ability to survive in this hostile environment.
How to Survive 2 will include co-op of up to 4 players simultaneously, while 16 players in total can join your camp.
Crafting and levelling returns in force, with expanded inventory and blueprint lists, and an even more elaborate skill tree than before. Build, upgrade and protect your camp from zombie incursions.
Although at this stage there is no word of a console version on the cards, the success of the first title in the series could indicate a repeat of form, with a console version appearing quite soon after its pc release.
I have reached out to the PR teams at 505 Games and Eko Software for further information. For now, lets hope they can see the benefit of a multi-platform release and enjoy the prospect of once again following the sage advice of Kovac as we face off against the hordes.
How to Survive, a title produced by 505 Games, the same guys that brought us Payday 2, and developed by Eko Software is another Zombie survival game newly released onto the Xbox Live Arcade. It’s a title that’s taken many of our wish list features/game-mechanics and attempted to pack them into one small bundle.
In How to Survive, the player is pitted against a shuffling horde of zombies and other scary creepers on a (mostly) deserted chain of islands. It’s an engaging title that keeps you playing right through to the end, albeit with its flaws, it’s a good game all round. Players must run, smack, and shoot their way through undead mobs to escape before the never-ending procession of ghouls rips them apart.
In an interesting decision Eko Software chose a top-down perspective for gameplay and kept the controls reminiscent of old isometric games. The design is simple but easy to use and frustration-free. Instead of aiming in free-form mode, players can only aim in a 360 degree radius around them. Players are able to see where they are aiming via a thin white line showing the direction and this will change depending on whether or not they’ve aimed long enough to land a critical shot. Close combat consists of swinging various melee weapons from sticks, machetes to flaming branches. This is a little more frustrating and will have players manically bashing the corresponding button or holding it down for a stronger swing.
Recently State of Decay introduced survival on a group scale seeing players having to scavenge for multiple supplies and resources to help manage a group of survivors and keep everyone happy. How to Survive has instead gone for a simpler, more effective, method of including a basic needs system: thirst, hunger, and fatigue all slowly drain at unequal rates. This forces the player to hold enough food and water to sustain their adventure while making sure they can reach a safe-zone to sleep in once fatigue threatens to overtake them. Due to the small size of the islands and an abundance of resources, you’ll never have trouble fulfilling a given need unless you’re truly careless.
One of the most fun inclusions from Eko Software is the crafting system. Players will find a slew of items around the various islands which can be combined in specific ways to create a wide variety of different items. Some items only require the right combination of parts to create while others, like certain potions, require the player to unlock the right skills or play as a certain character. How to Survive doesn’t hold your hand in discovering new recipes, so there is an engaging element of discovery through the first two thirds of the game. However, once you’ve found most of the crafting guides and items available to use, the limits of the mechanic become a little too apparent. The crafting recipes certainly have breadth, but lack depth of choice. Some of the weapons that can be crafted make the game that little more appealing and add to the overall enjoyment.
What How to Survive absolutely nails and gets right, is that it makes killing zombies fun. It doesn’t over complicate things and whilst scavenging for resources and crafting new armour and weapons is great, they all lead to one thing: wrecking walking corpses. The gameplay, sounds, and animations combine in just the right way to make shooting and stabbing zombies addictive. Before you know it, you’ll be 5 hours in and enjoying the mindless gore that comes with each and every zombie massacre.
In How to Survive there are five different types of enemies ranging from the slow mindless walkers we’ve come to know and love right through to the Resident Evil-esqe figures that clamber around on all fours only at night. What How to Survive does well is handle them all effectively and not bombard the player to soon. The campaign is mostly filled-in with small groups of zombies, some of which may sport chest and/or head armour. They usually only require a few swings from an axe, but explosive enemies and above mentioned photophobic night-crawlers add enough variety to require thoughtful and varied strategies. Tangling with limited types of enemies may feel a little stale towards the end, but the game clearly maximizes their potential. On top of great pacing, the final boss fight is a ridiculous, over-the-top satisfying bloodbath of zombie guts. Bring on the gore!
There isn’t a single defining or standout feature/element to How to Survive, which will put it above other titles in the race to be king of zombie gaming culture, but each one on their own works and they interact in a way that makes How to Survive well worth the $15 it will cost you on the Xbox Live Marketplace. If you found State of Decay tedious and just need a quick zombie fix before Dead Rising on the Xbox One, this is the game for you.
Listen up survivors! 505 Games and Eko Software have provided us with supply drop in the form of a new DLC pack. We can now equip ourselves with a fireproof suit and learn the skills to craft incendiary bullets. Whoop whoop, I’ve always imagined myself lighting Zombies on fire and then walking through the flames for that ‘hardcore effect’.
Heatwave DLC single character – Purchase a new, fireproof suit for Abby, Kenji or Jack for and learn how to craft incendiary bullets — $.99
Heatwave DLC three characters – Purchase fireproof suits for everyone and learn how to craft incendiary bullets — $1.99
Developed by Eko Software, How to Survive puts players in the center of the action as someone who, after an accident, finds themselves on an island amidst a small archipelago off the coast of Colombia … but there are other inhabitants, many who are undead. There is nothing quite like being surrounded by a brain-hungry horde of zombies to get the adrenaline flowing … What will you do? Who will you trust? How will you survive?
Keep your eyes peeled to ThisisXbox over the coming days for our review of How to Survive.
How would you adapt to survive on a Zombie infested island? Players must fulfil their most basic of needs – food, water and shelter – and make use of anything & everything they can get their hands on to craft & combine weapons and tools, from handmade shotguns to fishing rods or Molotov cocktail; just to make it through the night.
Along the way players will encounter an ensemble of characters, some friendly, some less so, including the mysterious Kovac; author of the How to Survive guide. Will his work lead you to safety?
How To Survive is scheduled for release later this year on XBLA