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'Dead Matter' Looks Like The Most Realistic Open-World Zombie Game Yet

'Dead Matter' Looks Like The Most Realistic Open-World Zombie Game Yet

I'll take it.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

If you're itching for a super-realistic zombie survival sim, Dead Matter could be just the game for you. The massively ambitious project was first unveiled on Kickstarter over three years ago... but after several delays (and a couple more crowdfunding campaigns), it looks like developer QI Software is ready to unleash the first closed alpha on players.

As reported by PCGamesN, Dead Matter is described by QI Software as a "rogue-lite that aims to quench the community's thirst for a title that properly balances survival mechanics with fulfilling gameplay". The game's open world takes place in a version of Alberta, Canada that's been completely overrun by hordes of the undead.

Take a look at the in-depth development vlog below (or via this link) for a look at Dead Matter in action. It's seriously ambitious.

Originally released as a mod for Crysis 2 way back in 2013, Dead Matter has been a "passion project" for QI Software. Over the years, it looks as if the game has only gotten more ambitious. The first-person survival horror invites players to enjoy the game their way and survive however they can, whether that means going it alone or teaming up with friends and other fellow survivors.

You'll spend most of your time driving across the world, hunting for food, foraging for supplies, and generally avoiding getting eaten alive by zombies. Standard survival stuff. But it's the sheer level of simulation and detail being promised by QI Software that sets Dead Matter apart from the horde. Weapons, vehicles, and characters can be completely customised and tweaked in a huge number of ways. You can even set up a base and start your own settlement from any building you see in the game - provided you've cleared it of potential enemies first, that is.

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QI Software

Dead Matter also has a pretty unique sounding medical system, in which players need to keep track of and deal with all manner of ailments. Blood pressure, blood loss, bites, scratches, and broken bones will all have to be cared for separately, so stay safe out there. Oh, and you'll need to prepared for the storms, blizzards, and heatwaves that might hit at any given moment.

Other features include farming, hunting, scavenging, and - eventually - mod support. While we shouldn't expect all of this in the closed alpha, these are the goals QI Software wants to hit in building what could very well be the ultimate zombie survival game. The studio is already sending closed alpha codes out to supporters, so hopefully we'll see a lot more of Dead Matter in action over the next few weeks.

Featured Image Credit: QI Software

Topics: Steam, PC, Indie