Gimmie Shelter: Dead State Demo Coming Soon

You can tell turn-based zombie RPG Dead State’s been in development for a while. It has been the subject of three RPS interview features in its lifetime, including one by co-founder and current panel-beater, Kieron Gillen, who conducted the original interview using carrier pigeons. We’re doing it all electrically nowadays, which means I’m able to easily inform you that a demo is being prepped for backers and pre-order types. It should be out for you lucky people in January 2014, and will also be available as a Steam Early Access game.

The demo is going to cover the first seven days of the story, which equates to a few hours of clicking on zombies and talking to the many, many NPCs that will pop up. The video below explains what’s coming, though it doesn’t show much of the game otherwise.

However, I found a livestream of some of the demo content (but not all of it) that was recorded and hosted. It shows how the game will manage missions, spouting out jobs from the central safe-house that you can assign to the people who’ve survived the apocalypse.

Thanks for the info, PC Gam – wait, why are you looking at me like that? Why are you covered in blood? Oh god! They’ve been infec-argh!


  1. Kubrick Stare Nun says:

    Wasn’t the full game scheduled to be released this month? Wasn’t Brian Mitsoda supposed to be working on Torment TON? And now with Wasteland 2 delayed too… oh god… We can expect TON for 2016 or 2017. :(

    • Emeraude says:

      We can expect TON for 2016 or 2017. :(

      Hopefully not. I’m not taking any bet I’ll still be here by then.

    • EvaUnit02 says:

      Estimates given on Kickstarter rewards are just that, estimates. It’s mandatory for one to give estimated delivery on Kickstarter rewards.

      • Baines says:

        It would be nice if they gave realistic estimates instead of just picking random dates that felt good. (Got to pick a date that isn’t too soon, or people won’t think you are serious. But you don’t want to pick a date that is too far away, because you might lose donations from people who don’t want to wait more than two years to see a finished project.)

  2. Emeraude says:

    Been looking intently at that since it was released.

    I’m really liking a lot of the things on display. Still saddened I couldn’t back it.

  3. ZIGS says:

    Caging a demo behind pre-orders… if this was a triple A game, there wouldn’t be enough pitchforks but it’s in indie game so it’s fine, right??

    Anyway, looking forward to it

    • Fliver says:

      Caging this demo behind pre-orders/Kickstarter. It’s an extended version of what was at PAX; seems possible they’ll tweak and re-release this version too once the game is ready to ship

      • HothMonster says:

        Yeah they had originally said (like prior to KS) they would have a public demo out slightly after the game was released. But after they made something to show at PAX the forums blew up with people begging to play that demo. They said they didn’t want to for (I forget why) but they would put something together to get out in the near future. And the near future has finally almost arrived.

  4. remoteDefecator says:

    Stoked! Game looks awesome; I was wondering when I’d get to play it. Looks a lot like Project Zomboid which also kicks ass.

  5. XhomeB says:

    Really looking forward to it and Age of Decadence. Bring on the cRPG renaissance.

  6. wodin says:

    Shame they haven’t gone for realistic damage..shot point blank and still standing etc etc (works with Zombies but not Humans). Also think they should have put a shot in head instant kill of Zombie. This has totally put me off the game as it’s a severe immersion breaker.

    • The Random One says:

      Because that’s how it works on real life zombies, right?

  7. MrEvilGuy says:

    Super excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I won’t be able to play the demo but totally can’t wait to play the full game when it’s finally released!!!!!!!