Are you bored of beating zombies to permadeath yet? Maybe the Dead Island, Dead Rising and Resident Evil games only whet your appetite for more, and you’ve still got a hankering for undead murdering delights. Good news then as developer Bigmoon Interactive Studios and publisher Headup Games (who also published the brilliant RTS Meridian: New World) have just announced Trapped Dead: Lockdown for PC, PS4 and Xbox One and they’re hoping to avoid the ‘just another zombie game’ title by attempting to mix things up.
Trapped Dead: Lockdown Announced for PC, PS4 and Xbox One
The biggest difference between Trapped Dead: Lockdown and the countless other zombie hack ‘n’ slashers out there is that this game is big on story. Many have tried, with their fables about viruses and outbreaks and mad scientists with plans to build super soldiers, but few have succeeded. The tale we’re being spun with Trapped Dead: Lockdown is that “for an unknown reason, a small American town suffered from a strange rainfall and the dead rose up from their graves” and that the five playable characters are all connected to the town in different ways and each will have their own varied objectives.
The team behind the game is also describing itself as an “interactive horror story” too, so there’s that.
Those five characters are as follows: a marine, a butcher, an assassin, a marshal and the exorcist. The assassin’s big on firearms, the butcher chops of shufflers with melee combat and the exorcist is your typical mage. There’s no word on the marshal and the marine but we do know that each character “features his own individual skill tree, where you can unlock new defensive abilities and attacking moves to aid you in combat.” which should offer an extra layer of replayability on top of all else.
Now for similarities between Trapped Dead: Lockdown and its competitors. From the trailer, the game appears to play like Dead Nation (a game I thoroughly enjoyed when it came to PS4) albeit with more weapons (there are over 100 hundred on offer), more characters and some vehicular combat which looks oh-so satisfying. It is a tad bit less pretty than that game though – as you can see in the screenshots below – but hopefully Big Moon Interactive will use the run up to the game’s release to give it a fresh lick of paint.
Trapped Dead: Lockdown will be released on PC via Steam on March 20th, 2015. The game will also be released on PS4 and Xbox One later this year.