There’s A Game. The Name? Dead Horde

By Jim Rossignol on March 31st, 2011 at 1:49 pm.

Dead people are like alive people, only dead.
Here is a game announcement: DEAD HORDE is announced. This new game, by DnS Development, is an intriguing co-op shooter concept in which dead people come back to life to get in the way of normal, alive people, who have to make them re-dead, so that they can just get on with whatever it was they were doing. Presented in a top-down format, this game will surely shake up our understanding of what it means for people to be alive, then dead, then alive, and then finally dead again. Ah, this is the kind of exciting stuff that makes it worth being alive, right here, right now, for just a few brief years between two endless forevers.

(If i ever make a zombie game it’ll be called DEAD INSIDE. Or maybe DEAD RIGHT, if it was good. Or DEAD MEET if it was like a casual social game of some kind. Or DEAD PAN: ZOMBIE CHEF, for some kind of Wii cooking game. Christ, there’s so much potential for these zombie game things! Why aren’t people making them?)

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81 Comments »

  1. poop says:

    A CO OP SHOOTER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    TOP DOWN?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??

    WITH

    ZOMBIES?!?????????????!?!?!??!?!?!!?!?!?!?!

  2. Navagon says:

    Just when I was starting to worry that there weren’t enough zombie games out there, along comes a possible saviour!

  3. Gnoupi says:

    (If i ever make a zombie game it’ll be called DEAD INSIDE.)

    Oh great, Emo zombies.

  4. scottossington says:

    And I thank you for my morning laugh

  5. Jim Rossignol says:

    Oh very good.

  6. gorgol says:

    I kinda feel bad for the devs. They probably started this project when zombie shooters were the new big thing. Now they’ve finally got it to a stage they can start to publicise it, the genre has been overdone :/

    • poop says:

      do you really think they have been working since like mid 2007 on a top down zombie shooter?

    • gorgol says:

      Nah, I was thinking more along the lines of soon after the release of L4D which would mean early 2009.

      EDIT: I guess it serves ‘em right for not being very original.

  7. kikito says:

    I hope they include some zombies from World War II, too.

  8. westyfield says:

    Haha, excellent!

  9. Navagon says:

    How about: Deadgasm?

    A zombie harem anyone?

  10. Jim Rossignol says:

    “Deadgasm”

    I think we have found the wrongest game name of all time. Make it so, game development.

  11. Spakkenkhrist says:

    “I actually hope it isn’t a dead horse. That would be a disaster… and it wouldn’t fit in the back of that Volvo 340″

  12. MadTinkerer says:

    Surely you mean a two player co-op: Done2Death?

  13. WASD says:

    @Jim, you should’ve wrote/commented on this the other day – http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/03/28/project-zomboid-trailer/

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Yeah. Although that actually looks kinda interesting…

    • WASD says:

      Yeah, I thought you’d say that…

    • Mattressi says:

      Zomboid is more of a zombie ‘survival’ game from what I can see: there’s few to none of them (survival, as in you need to find food, supplies, shelter – not survival like Resident Evil where you need to find a torch or some keys -.-), but there’re a whole tonne of zombie shooters.

      As for the name; I think it’s catchy, just like Dead Frontier, Dead State, Evil Dead, Left 4 Dead, Dead Island, Dead Nation and Urban Dead. If I ever make a zombie game, I shall call it ‘Dead Dead’.

  14. terry says:

    Done of the dead?

  15. Antsy says:

    How about Dead Drop. A techno-zombie espionage game. “Fighting Terror with Terror!”

  16. Richard Beer says:

    How about one set in space called Dead Spa-!… Oh.

    Alright then, how about you wake up one morning, and overnight the zombie horde has arrived! You could call it Dawn of the De-… Oh.

    I KNOW! How about it takes place on a film or TV set of some kind, like a reality show, and people closeted away inside suddenly realise the world outside has fallen victim to a zombie plague. It could be called Dead Se-… Oh.

    • westyfield says:

      How about one set in 1930s rural British Columbia? It could be called “OH SHIT ZOMBIE LUMBERJACKS: FUUUUUUU-”

    • JB says:

      Dead Set rocks.

  17. terry says:

    Right, Said Dead.

  18. Olero says:

    - Dead End – A racing game where you must find the one road without the invicible walls
    - Dead’s the question – A party game with some very depressing personal questions, with commercial breaks about life insurances, guns and prozac
    - Dead mouse – A fingerbreaking game which tests your mouse skills to the extreme
    - Deadman – A superhero game about a man who died after he’s bitten by a bat, granting him special abilities in the afterlife. He returns to half-life in the sequel “Deadman returns”

    • godgoo says:

      ‘Dead-leg’- a sim where you play an obnoxious 12 year old boy hell-bent on incapacitating the thigh muscles of the entire populace.

  19. Chunga says:

    I guess all game devs got infected and all they can do now is produce more zombies. We’re doomed!

  20. godgoo says:

    I’d call mine ‘buy game, has zombies’… I don’t think I’m getting this… ‘night of the 2 player co-op’?…

    Incidentally, what would people like to take over from zombies as the next go-to for selling some copies of generic video game? many say dinosaurs, personally I’d like to see a spate of leprechaun games.

    • Olero says:

      My personal interest is pre-apocalyptic games. Or just apocalyptic games…. But leprechaun games sounds interesting as well, as long as there are pots of gold, rainbows and Guinness in those games.

  21. zipdrive says:

    There actually is a pen and paper RPG called Dead Inside.

  22. nuh uh no way says:

    “Another World developer and all-around quality Frenchman Eric Chahi (currently hard at work on download-only God game From Dust, pictured above) has said in an interview with CVG that he believes originality is returning to videogames after a hiatus of some seven years, arguing that digital distribution has brough innovative games back to the masses.”

    “Here is a game announcement:DEAD HORDE is announced. This new game, by DnS Development, is an intriguing co-op shooter concept in which dead people come back to life to get in the way of normal, alive people, who have to make them re-dead, so that they can just get on with whatever it was they were doing.”

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU~

  23. Zwebbie says:

    (Brain-eating zombie. Shambling corpse. Secret Octopus.

    Octodead.)

  24. Oozo says:

    It took this comments thread less than an hour to come up with more original Zombie-game ideas than the industry has had in the last few months.

    Also, funnier, too.

    • McDan says:

      That’s because RPS is dead good.

      My game would be called Dead effect. Which isn’t that funny reall, but then it’s not a zombie game.

      I’m dull.

  25. Bhazor says:

    Jim has an envy.

  26. Chunga says:

    Brain-Dead – the game for zombie surgeons.

  27. Bhazor says:

    Dear game developers who still think top down zombie shooters are interesting.

  28. Outsider says:

    Really, really tired of zombies, I have been for years.

    • McDan says:

      Would you say… dead tired?

    • Richard Beer says:

      Snorted out loud.

    • patricij says:

      I’ve been tired of zombies since….1999? That’s when Resident Evil 2 for PC came along and I thought back then – well, now…we certainly had enough zombie games, surely they would come up with something new. Haha, I feel like how Bill Gates must feel when he looks back and remembers the famous line “640kB should be enough for anyone.” Zombie games has been pouring in almost from the beginning…the zombocalypse is far from finished, it appears…

    • Outsider says:

      Ha!

    • Colonel J says:

      Yeah I liked them better when they were still underground.

      (with apologies to the Chilean miners)

  29. tomeoftom says:

    Bravo!

  30. jonfitt says:

    “Dead Kennedys”

    In a twist on the genre, John and Ted rise from the grave to combat an alien invasion. All to the strains of hardcore punk.

    • godgoo says:

      would buy- genius!

      maybe they carry a Black Flag?

    • Chunga says:

      And they will break into a server-hall, trying to steal people’s mail. On a friday night, no less.

  31. roryok says:

    Deaded : Proper

  32. roryok says:

    Zombies Ate My Homies

  33. godgoo says:

    ‘Dead for teacher’ an undead schoolboy leisure suit larry-esque point n click adventure

  34. Enzo says:

    This is retardead.

  35. roryok says:

    Corpses wot go walking

  36. Haplo says:

    Gundead.

    (The zombie-themed reboot to the classic(?) XBox wild-west Rockstar-esque themed game ‘Gun’.)

    Speaking of zombie reboots of classic console Wild-west Rockstar-esque games, did anyone actually play the whole “Red Dead Redemption: Zombie Invasion” thingy or whatever? What was it like?

    • nuh uh no way says:

      I didn’t because I was completely uninterested in the whole zombie premise.

      You HAVE gotten me thinking about what a nice setting GTA IV’s Liberty City would be for a zombie game though. I really enjoyed that damn town and would like for it to be used in more games.

    • Haplo says:

      A Liberty City zombie game? Hm…

      Clearly it’s a game with a sort of Shawn of the Dead-esque post-zombie invasion spin. All the zombies are ‘accepted’ members of society, in the sense that they’re given all the crappy jobs. And are also the walking dead.

      Obviously, keeping in line with Rockstar’s policies to make GTA leads come from underprivileged or disenfranchised backgrounds (Black in Crappy Los Angeles, East European immigranty-time, mutes), you would actually -be- a zombie. A zombie just trying to get a straight break when one of his old buddies calls him up for one simple job…

  37. Thule says:

    Dead Bored

  38. noobnob says:

    These comments are killing me.

  39. patricij says:

    Also..I’m on a dead horse!

  40. Zaboomafoozarg says:

    Dead Heat.

  41. Minim says:

    I really don’t get why with all these zombie games, we haven’t gotten zombie animals. Red Dead Redemption is the only game I can think of to touch on it, and I guess the dogs from Resident Evil.

    Zombie bears are terrifying enough, but if zombieism means everything wants to eat your brains, then no place is safe. Rats, cats, birds, cows. Of course players will eventually wind up near the zoo for an end boss fight against the zombie giraffes and elephants.

    The sequel will be humanity trying to escape to sea but uh-oh, zombie whales and seahorses are just waiting for them. And good luck trying to destroy a zombie jellyfish’s brain, THEY DON’T HAVE ONE.

    • Flint says:

      They Hunger, the old mod series for Half-Life, had zombie bulls.

    • Colonel J says:

      iphone….Pet Cemetery
      Or Sematary for those on the other side of the Atlantic.

      Keeping it punk, that would work as a level for the Dead Kennedys game above. Can;t have too much Ramones.

  42. AdamT says:

    Oooh, how about a game called “Head Dorde”, about a group of explorers trying to find the North Pole, all of whom have entertaining speech impediments.

    No zombies.

  43. Nim says:

    I’m still waiting for the developers to start working on SimNecropolis, a simcity game infested with the living dead.

  44. Zoolooman says:

    I thought it said “Dead Horse” myself.

  45. Dances to Podcasts says:

    Dead on!

  46. Tizoc says:

    Dead Life, a virtual world for lonely people who want to pretend they’re dead.
    (And I’m too lazy to provide a link for the song)

  47. Gabe McGrath says:

    Dear RPS,

    After you ‘fix’ the worldwide release day issue (“The Internet has no Oceans”), I have a new campaign for you.

    NO ZOMBIES.

    For 99 days, don’t write a single post about a zombie game. Not one.
    These things (the games, not the zombies) require oxygen aka marketing, and it’s time to snuff them out.

    I’ve even found a themesong for the campaign….

  48. Kaira- says:

    And after several born dead bad puns…

  49. RegisteredUser says:

    This is a drop dead gorgeous thread.

    <3