New zombie survival franchise coming to XBLA

Because you haven't done enough survivin', Microsoft Game Studios and Undead Labs (which was founded in 2009 by Jeff Strain, whose resume includes lead programmer on World of Warcraft) have teamed up to bring a new open-world, onlinezombie survival franchise to XBLA, codenamed 'Class3.' The premise of the studio's inaugural title was revealed in a press release today:

"The end is here. Human civilization has been annihilated. The few, scattered survivors must band together, rebuilding civilization in a third- person action game packed with sweet guns, fast cars, hand-to-hand combat, and copious amounts of zombie gore. Players choose where to make their stand, designing and fortifying their settlements, performing daring raids for valuable stores of food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors. The open world develops in real-time, shaped by player actions, with content determined by their choices and the ever-increasing zombie threat."

We're a bit burnt out on the undead, but every time a new zombie survival game is described, we just can't help but be a little excited by the potential for another great post-apocalyptic corpsageddon. You can read more about Undead Lab's vision for the game onthe developer's official site- it sounds about like what we'd envision for a game based on The Walking Dead. Exciting stuff.

Also, while Undead Labs has released a few pieces of concept art, we decided to create our own artist's rendition of what the game may look like. We think we nailed it:

Feb 3, 2011

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