There’s a new sandbox open world survival game on the horizon and it looks not only unique but highly promising. Dead Matter is a new zombie survival game set in Alberta, Canada and packed with cool features. Aimed at creating a realistic post-apocalyptic world to survive in, Dead Matter smashed its Kickstarter goal after just 72 hours.

Dead Matter is a rogue-lite survival game by Quantum Integrity Software Inc. and after years of hard work their Kickstarter showcasing the game has blown away zombie and survival fans. Originally, Dead Matter was created as a mod for Crysis 2 back in 2012-13.  Since then, developers have honed their skills and worked on bringing Dead Matter to Steam Greenlight and now, Early Access.

Gamers have thirsted for a realistic, seriously challenging, zombie-packed, post-apocalyptic game done right for years. Games like L4D2 never get old but with the advances in game engines and gaming technology, the time is right for a different experience. Through a massive list of customization options and features, stunning landscapes, versatile gameplay, and developer communication, Dead Matter might just quench our thirsts.

Dead Matter Game Features

Finally, a game presents us with a true opportunity to live out our realistic post-apocalypse fantasies. Board up a gas station and customize vehicles into even deadlier zombie slaying machines in the mechanic shop. Enjoy a little piece of home and barricade a house to haul up in on those long terrifying nights. Or, find a loot filled warehouse to make your home base and customize gear in. The choice is yours in Dead Matter, the story is yours to make and trying to survive is going to be more real than ever. Check out some of the main game features below that really make Dead Matter stand out. Also, find further details on the Kickstarter.

  • Permanent Death
  • First and third person views
  • Massive 400km2 map of Alberta, Canada
  • Offline mode with no internet connection required
  • Claimable and customizable buildings including houses, gas stations, and warehouses
  • Multiplayer, single player, and co-op play
  • Between 60-100 players on official servers with no hardcap on dedicated servers
  • Customizable weapons, vehicles, and characters
  • Modding tools and accessibility for modders
  • AI fighting to survive the same post-apocalyptic landscape as you
  • In-game voice chat
  • Scavenging, farming, hunting, and Electrical system
  • Day/Night cycle as well as Weather system
  • In-depth medical system – manage blood pressure, blood loss, zombie bites etc.
  • Official and Private servers. Private servers can be hosted and modded by players.

Dead Matter baseball bats screenshot
Dead Matter recurve bow screenshot

Dead Matter Developers actually listen to the players

Dead Matter’s developers are gamers at heart just like the thousands of people pledging money towards their game. Burned by games promising too much and not delivering in the past, developers hold Dead Matter to a very high standard and maintain communication with players. If you check out the Kickstarter page you’ll also notice the great sense of humor developers have with movie quotes titling pledges including Shaun of the Dead, Evil Dead, and It quotes.

Much to the delight of pledgers, suggestions, feedback, and questions are all addressed in the game’s Discord and forums. Interactivity with developers who understand what the gaming community wants as well as actually take on board player suggestions, is a huge reason this game could live up to our hopes.

In that respect, developers are also making the tools they used to create the game available to modders, including the procedural generation tools they created themselves. While official servers will reflect the game developers wished to make, private servers and modders can go wild with creativity.

Dead Matter screenshot

Dead Matter Kickstarter stretch goals already reached

Dead Matter’s Kickstarter campaign began with a CA$65,000 goal which it flew past in just 72 hours. Now, after a week the Kickstarter is at more than CA$120,000, knocking out 3 stretch goals and fast on its way to a 4th.

Stretch goals achieved so far include an expansion of the Alberta map featuring an abandoned underground mining complex and new weapons and items. Moreover, stretch goals added helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, trains, and related buildings, clothing, weapons, and items.

The latest stretch goal achieved gives players a new map, Vancouver Island which will likely be around half the size of the Alberta map. Most notable, players will be able to travel between Vancouver Island and Alberta for a whole new survival experience and access to new weapons, vehicles, clothing, and enemies! Excitingly for fans who’ve already pledged, the next Kickstarter stretch goal will add interactive AI settlements and factions.

Dead Matter landscape screenshot with deer

Dead Matter release date PC, PS4, Xbox One and system requirements

Dead Matter was Greenlit on Steam in December 2016 and will release on PC, with an aim for Alpha in Q1 of 2018. No official release date is set yet though with the success of Kickstarter developers will hire additional team members. These team additions will increase the quality and scope of Dead Matter as well as keep development on track.

Further, Dead Matter is only planned for PC at the moment but may be open to branching into other platforms in the future after the game is completed. Early Access Dead Matter will be available for PC through Steam.

Recommended System Requirements  –

  • Desktop PC or Mac
  • Windows 7 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.9.2 or later
  • Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
  • NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher
  • 8GB RAM

Dead Matter Gallery

Take a look at our Dead Matter Gallery featuring weapons, landscapes, buildings, items, AI, and vehicles. Note: These pictures are pre-Alpha.

 

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