World War Z's gameplay trailer may be guilty of having cinematic parts, but it still showed what it was supposed to - players mowing down hordes of zombies, with a hail of bullets and traps in the latest effort by Saber Interactive.
The zombie game trend has been slowly fading out for the past few years but hype around games such as State of Decay 2 has been keeping the genre relevant in the gaming world. It appears that Paramount Pictures and Saber Interactive have figured this out and are trying to piggyback on the hype by releasing the gameplay trailer just days later.
World War Z will be a co-op survival shooter, with up to four players being able to play together. It was announced during The Game Awards pre-show by Saber Interactive.
For better or worse, Saber Interactive have already worked on move-to-video-game adaptations in the past, but it is unclear if I haven't heard of their exploits due to Saber's fault or because the movies were flops. Battle: Los Angeles and R.I.P.D. The Game remained rather obscure, but let's be honest - it's not easy making a successful game if the source material was already panned by critics and audience alike.
Back to World War Z trailer, the gameplay parts did showcase some familiar scenarios, such as people going all out on zombie hordes. Those apparently have some sort of a hive mind that directs them to climb over each other and form an undead ladder.
Protagonists of the game seem to be Russian and there is snow everywhere, hinting that the game's plot may just be unfolding in Russian Federation. Voice actors seem to be trying hard to emulate a Russian accent but are failing miserably at certain words, which brings back memories of GTA 4's failed attempt at a Slavic language.
World War Z will release on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 but there is no stable release date or even a release window for the game yet, even though the developers originally hoped for a release at some point in 2018. The trailer didn't help this notion either, by simply stating "coming soon" in the end. They even forgot the "™" sign.