Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Survival

First screenshots released from revamped Pathologic

Pathologic (PC) Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ice-Pick Lodge has released the first batch of screens from their upcoming survival-themed horror-ish title Pathologic. A reimagining of a 2005 story-driven adventure, Pathologic tasks players with solving the mystery behind the raging Sand Plague within 12 days. Players take on the role of one of three specialists, and each day they will face new quests and uncover new story elements. Each character is said to offer a different experience, with a rational scientist, local shaman’s son, and a half-crazy amnesiac making up the trio. The game will feature elements from horror and survival titles, such as having to scavenge for resources, fight bandits, uncover strange rites, and stave off hunger and thirst.

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State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition getting physical release

State of Decay Year-One Survival Edition (PC, Xbox One) Physical Announcement - Header

Nordic Games is once again teaming up with Microsoft to deliver a physical copy of an MS-published title for PC, State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition. As with Oni and the Blind Forest, the retail version will come with the game and several extras, including two add-ons (Breakdown and Lifeline), a double-sided A3 poster, a soundtrack CD, and premium packaging. Note that, while the game is on a DVD, Steam is required for activation.

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H1Z1: King of the Kill gets new Ignition competitive mode

H1Z1 King of the Kill (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Ignition Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new competitive mode has launched for H1Z1: King of the Kill, Ignition. Similar to Battle Royale, the new addition pits 150 players in an all-out battle where each gets an ATV and a pack of explosives. The human missiles must scavenge for kit and weapons before making it to one of several safe zones before a countdown hits zero. Players who fail to reach a sanctuary, or leave a safe zone before the timer resets, will explode. As the match progresses, players will have access to fewer zones.

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(Xbox One Review) The Flame in the Flood

(Xbox One Review) The Flame in the Flood

“… will engage would-be survivalists for quite a while with its enticing river journeys and rhythmically addictive area-hopping.”

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Learn how to tame the river in new The Flame in the Flood trailer

The Flame in the Flood (PC, Xbox One) Trailer Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Molasses Flood has released a new tips video for their upcoming roguelite The Flame in the Flood. In a “post-societal America,” players must take to a raging river in a makeshift raft in order to secure food and shelter, but they must contend with not only the river’s shifting path but also dangerous debris. The video illustrates the sailing skills that will be necessary to survive the rapids.

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H1Z1 split into H1Z1: King of the Kill, H1Z1: Just Survive, trailers up

H1Z1 Just Survive (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Early Access Announcement - Screenshot 1

Daybreak Games has split their open-world zombie-themed survival title H1Z1 into two titles, H1Z1: King of the Kill and H1Z1: Just Survive. Both titles exist within the same universe but are being developed by different teams who are working towards separate content milestones. H1Z1: King of the Kill is an online shooter set in large arenas where players battle to be the last one standing across several modes, including Battle Royale. King of the Hill is set to launch this summer for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. H1Z1: Just Survive is based on the original concept of players scavenging for items, crafting gear, and building makeshift shelters while battling zombies and one another. Just Survive will be in Early Access for the rest of the year.

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State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition out now for PC, Xbox One

State of Decay Year-One Survival Edition (PC, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is now available for PC and Xbox One. The latest version includes the base game and both expansions, Breakdown and Lifeline, remastered in 1080p with improved animation, lighting, shadows, and textures. Combat mechanics have also been overhauled. Other added content includes a new mission type, requiring players to clear out hordes that gather around supply crates; an SUV along with 25-plus new vehicle skins; 30 minutes of new music; the ability to use Lifeline’s characters in Breakdown; Lifeline’s community upgrades in all versions; and an under-barrel grenade launcher and incendiary ammo.

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Daybreak launches website, kicks off livestreams and contests

Daybreak (Company) Launch - Screenshot 1 (H1Z1)

The recently rebranded Daybreak Game Company has revealed their new website as well as celebration plans. Beginning today, the studio will be hosting a week of livestreams of titles from their days as Sony Online Entertainment, including DC Universe Online, EverQuest, Landmark, and PlanetSide. In addition to the streams, the studio will also be giving away goodies and announcing other activities. The full schedule is available below.

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New The Long Dark update adds new region, wildlife, and more

The Long Dark (PC) Feb Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

Hinterland Studio has updated the Early Access version of their exploration- and survival-themed sandbox sim The Long Dark. The latest patch adds the rural mountain region Pleasant Valley, new wildlife (unspecified until discovered by players), harvestable plants, a new inventory interface, the ability to use torches to scare off wolves, and improved wildlife AI. Some of the general improvements include predators being attracted to the smell of blood, wind speed and direction affecting scent, and smoke wafting in the direction of the wind. The full list of additions, changes, and fixes can be found here. And for current players, the studio has found that previous saves are compatible with version 192.

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Grab your canteen and ammo, H1Z1 added to Steam Early Access

H1Z1 (PC) Steam Early Access Launch Announcement - Screenshot 4

Sony Online has announced that their zombie-themed survival title H1Z1 has launched on Steam Early Access. Available in two packages, digital survivalists can download the standard edition for $19.99 or the premium edition for $39.99. The standard edition includes early access, three event tickets, two crates, and one crate key, while the premium edition includes 25 Event Tickets, three Airdrop Tickets, six Crates, four Crate Keys, and an exclusive Aviator Hat Crafting Recipe.

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