June 25th, 2012 | By Richard Glenn
Oi, Syrio Forel, what do we say to the God of Death? “Take my money,” apparently.
That’s because Dead State, the survival horror RPG from DoubleBear Productions, an upstart studio from ex-Obsidian employees Brian Mitsoda and Annie Carlson, has reached its $150,000 Kickstarter goal over ten days before its deadline.
As we noted a couple of weeks ago, Dead State stakes a genuine claim to be a different kind of zombie title, focusing on the importance of co-operation, team leading and, at times, backstabbing as intrinsic components in the ultimate goal of long-term survival. Players must brave the post-apocalyptic abyss and search out surrounding buildings and towns for additional survivors, whose skills may be utilised by one’s team in order to support the survival effort, but who can also become infected with the zombie strain, necessitating swift and brutal action before chaos ensues within the camp.
The game also features branching story paths and over 10,000 lines of professionally voiced dialogue from a huge cast of NPC allies and enemies. That’s in addition to all the stats, perks and attributes and RPG fanatic would want to shake a stick at, not to mention a turn-based combat system that rekindles memories of the eminent Planescape Torment and Baldur’s Gate franchises.
Even though the project’s financial target has been met, financial backers are still being welcomed. A $15 donation will merit a DRM-free copy of the PC-exclusive game, supposedly representing a near 50% saving on its eventual retail price. Take a look at its Kickstarter page for more details.