Lengthy-running zombie survival recreation Venture Zomboid has just lately seen a exceptional explosion in popularity after an Early Entry replace overhauled the whole lot from multiplayer to fight. Participant numbers soared within the 11-year-old crafting survival recreation final month, and The Indie Stone is now having a look ahead with a contemporary roadmap to elucidate what comes subsequent. The studio is much from executed with Venture Zomboid, with plans for NPCs, pets, and extra all within the works.
In a brand new weblog publish, The Indie Stone says that human NPCs have lengthy been probably the most requested function for the Early Entry recreation. Including new people would be the precedence stretching throughout the subsequent a number of updates. Although it would not have date commitments, the brand new PZ roadmap beneath illustrates how the crew will likely be rolling out the subsequent few variations of the sport.
“We’ll be operating a second dev crew completely on a faster, much less dangerous but nonetheless tremendous cool content material patch earlier than the NPC work is full, after which ongoing alternately between the opposite NPC patches to maintain the content material practice going,” The Indie Stone says.
As for what’s really coming in these NPC updates, The Indie Stone hasn’t determined but. “It may embody autonomous NPCs that the participant can group with, it may primarily embody the reintroduction of the story mode, it may have NPC animals, or that might come later,” the crew says.
“We’ve received a LOT of NPC code, plenty of cool programs, from Rimworld fashion precedence and jobs system, character programs, procedural story occasion programs, fight programs, autonomous survival behaviours, superior group behaviour programs, car driving programs, and an entire bunch extra,” the weblog publish says. However these bits of code “want a while to be reintroduced to probably the most present construct and made MP appropriate.” The Indie Stone will likely be evaluating the probabilities to ensure the NPC replace is one which gamers will really feel was definitely worth the wait.
Additional down the street, the builders have ambitions for beefing up the crafting system so gamers can proceed the identical worlds for years by crafting gadgets that may presently solely be obtained by looting. The crew hopes to present gamers extra endgame targets like constructing communities over time as a substitute of continually wiping a world to start out contemporary.
“The hope is to permit for a a lot larger stage of neighborhood constructing, and facilitate commerce and doubtlessly years of tales and wealthy historical past from inside a single world, be it NPC populated or an MP server, spanning quite a few participant lives,” it says. Importantly, all these late-game ambitions will likely be elective, The Indie Stone says. Gamers who nonetheless wish to die, die once more within the early harmful days of the apocalypse will likely be welcome to.
You may catch the remainder of The Indie Stone’s improvement replace in its blog post. Within the meantime, Venture Zomboid remains to be pulling in a formidable 54,000 concurrent players right this moment due to replace 41.