Brian Mitsoda announces DoubleBear, Zombie RPG

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by UnidentifiedFlyingTard, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. UnidentifiedFlyingTard

    UnidentifiedFlyingTard Vault Fossil

    Mar 12, 2009
    Zombie Apocalypse games edge into the material NMA covers, but the fact that it looks like a turn-based, Fallout-style RPG puts it right into interest material.

    Brian Mitsoda (Vampire: Bloodlines) and Annie Carlson (NWN2: Storm of Zehir) have formed DoubleBear, an independent studio that, using Iron Tower Studio tech, is making a survival-style RPG set in a zombie apocalypse. More details on the official forum.<blockquote>Was hoping to save this for a rainy day, but it is cloudy here in Seattle today, so here we go. As the speculators have correctly guessed, yes, DoubleBear’s first game is indeed a Zombie RPG, which we have fondly referred to as a ZRPG internally. Before people start running in all kinds of directions with that, here’s what I will confirm:

    -Set during the breakdown of society as emergence of zombies causes widespread panic and disorder.

    -Slow, shambling zombies. Spreads like a virus/bite transmission. No, you are not a zombie, that would be stupid.

    -Serious examination of a national crisis or natural disaster. Humans and a lack of order are a bigger threat than the undead. Think Hurricane Katrina, Children of Men, Dawn of the Dead NOT Resident Evil, Return of the Living Dead, zombie shooter-type games.

    -Game is about survival. Scavenging resources, exploring the area, dealing with other survivors, and managing a “shelter” of sorts are the main focus of the game. More on this later.

    -Game is open-ended. There are characters and events that could happen, but the story depends on where you go, what you do, and who you meet. Of course, there’s a lot more to this and we'll go into more details as time goes on.</blockquote>
  2. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 3, 2003
    Sorry for swaggerjacking your post there, Tard. I forgot to post about this days ago and kept forgetting to post about it, so I'm just using your post for it.
  3. MasterOfPuppetsOrMutants

    MasterOfPuppetsOrMutants First time out of the vault

    Jul 28, 2009
  4. eternaut

    eternaut First time out of the vault

    Feb 3, 2009
    Wow, zombies and TB tactical combat.

    This guys put the "awe" in Awesome.

    Hope it turns out good.
  5. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    I just see text but where are pix? I am dumb and need visual input.
  6. Bofast

    Bofast Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jan 26, 2006
    I'm no fan of zombie stuff in general, but this could be fairly interesting. There are way too few decent turn-based RPGs around, we need more :)
  7. TychoXI

    TychoXI Still Mildly Glowing

    Oct 20, 2008
    sounds promising! very promising actually...
  8. shihonage

    shihonage Made in USSR

    May 8, 2007
    Looks promising. I believe they will pull it off.
  9. Southpaws

    Southpaws First time out of the vault

    May 30, 2008
    As long as they don't make it combat heavy (against Zombies anyway) then, sure, I'll bite.

    Get it? Bite. *clears throat*
  10. shihonage

    shihonage Made in USSR

    May 8, 2007
    ^^^^^^^ (knee slap)

    Shambling to retail shelves near you ?
  11. Mad Max RW

    Mad Max RW Mildly Dipped

    Jan 12, 2004
    Way to go announcing a game without a single screenshot to back it up.
  12. cronicler

    cronicler Lurksalot

    May 31, 2006
    It is more of an announcement of the founding (of the studio DoubleBear). The details about their game in production were nagged out of them after the news spread by word of mouth. There isn't an official announcement yet. (You can think of this as a Fifa 2011 announcement for comparison :))
  13. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    ...It doesn't rain in Seattle! At least, not for the past 4 months.

    -At any rate, I'm intrigued by this announcement.
  14. generalissimofurioso

    generalissimofurioso The Hole Time Orderite

    Jun 17, 2007
    It's kind of sad that it needed to be said.

    But it did need to be said.
  15. NFSreloaded

    NFSreloaded Still Mildly Glowing

    May 5, 2009
    Come on guys! I hope you can be this lvl 60 undead Bloodmage, who flies, has over 9000 spells, can kill humans with some kind of magical assisted targeting system and infects them with some magic potion.

    Seriously though, I hope this will be good, with classical zombies à la George Romero or Max Brooks. And no monthly fee, please.
  16. Kyuu

    Kyuu Insert Awesome Title Here

    Jul 19, 2007
    Pretty sure this is not an online game, so that shouldn't be a concern.

    Very interesting news. I for one am definitely rooting for this studio.
  17. programmer.craig

    programmer.craig First time out of the vault

    Jun 3, 2008
    Iron Tower? That's the "Age of Decadence" game, right?

    Looks like a good game engine, but I'm basing that entirely on those screenshots! I've been hearing about this game for years but as far as I know there isn't even a demo yet? If there is I'd like to check it out!

    Looks like an updated Fallout (clearly inspired by Fallout, how could you imply this isn't in your area of interest!?) and it seems like they have a good design philosophy. At this point I'm just worried that the game engine will be obsolete by the time they release it.

    As far as the announcement by DoubleBear, I'd normally be concerned that neither of them is a programmer (they both have design background only, right?) but seeing as how they are using a third party game engine I guess that may not be a factor. So, I'll wish them luck! I'd really love it if somebody (anybody) could make a game that didn't leave me mumbling to myself about "potential" and "if only". I don't recall having those thoughts an hour or two into playing the top-flight games of the (distant!?) past.

    But who am I fooling? I'll buy it no matter what. If I can spend $40 bucks on East India Trading Company and give up on it after an hour just because I was too lazy to download the demo, I'll pretty much fall for anything.
  18. Paul_cz

    Paul_cz Mildly Dipped

    Jun 11, 2008
    Best gaming news ever since Obsidian getting chance at new Fallout.
  19. UncannyGarlic

    UncannyGarlic Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 6, 2008
    Sounds a lot like Fallout in a PA Zombie setting so it could be good. No offense to Iron Tower but DoubleBear using their engine doesn't really inspire me in any way.

    Neither do you or anyone else, there is no data on it. I didn't really read the whole interview but she doesn't seem to have much experience at all which is hardly inspiring.

    We'll see, the game sounds conceptually good but that's always the easy part. As they say, the proof is in the puddin'.
  20. MrBumble

    MrBumble Vault Fossil

    Jan 17, 2006
    Seems like someone is making THE one game I've always wanted to play !!!

    :shock: :D

    Great news. Can't wait for it !