New World War Z trailer shows Moscow overrun by zombies

We haven't heard a peep out of World War Z, the four-player co-op zombie shooter inspired by the novel and film of the same name, since it was announced in December. Until yesterday, that is, when Paramount Pictures released a new trailer showcasing some gameplay in Moscow, one of many locations you'll travel to in the game.

The first thing that strikes me is just how many zombies, or 'zekes', are on screen at any one time. There's hundreds of them pouring towards you, a wave of infected that looks almost impossible to hold back. For that reason, I assume it'll need a beefy PC to run at highest settings. 

To cut through the infected you'll man turrets, blast rifles (there's a good shot of that at 0:48), and slash with melee weapons—one of the characters in the video is swinging an axe. Given how many enemies you're facing, I'm not sure how sustainable melee will be long-term, but it could be fun while it lasts.

We also get a quick peek at a zeke wearing full SWAT gear, so expect some enemy variety, or perhaps some mini boss battles.

Some of the animations are a bit stiff, particularly when enemies drop dead. But if it can really deliver as many zombies on screen at one time as is promises to, then I'm all ears.

It's expected to release later this year.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.