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The Dead Linger, then eat you in this indie survival horror game

The Dead Linger
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DayZ underscores the danger humanity presents in a zombie apocalypse, but Sandswept Studio's The Dead Linger (opens in new tab) wants to remind everyone that walking corpses are still Very Scary Things. Where and how you bump into the undead plays an important role in tossing a little panic into your adventures, and the game's most recent major update for its alpha testers includes a perfect venue for thrillseeking survivalists: the claustrophobia-causing cell rows of a pitch-black prison.

"The zombie genre has died," Sandswept states on its official website (opens in new tab) . "We're bringing it back from the dead." The supposed revival involves closely following DayZ's formula of an expansive open world populated with items, structures, zombies, and other players. As in similar post-apocalyptic games, banding together is a necessity for staying alive, though it looks like Linger's emphasis rests with eluding and plowing through undead instead of avoiding cutthroat bandits a la DayZ.

A glimpse at Linger's wiki (opens in new tab) shows a number of ambitious features in the works: procedurally generated maps stretching up to a whopping 64,000 square kilometers (DayZ's Chernarus is 265 square kilometers), driveable vehicles, a crafting system, and barricades. Sandswept doesn't yet have a solid roadmap for rolling out the rest of its plans, but it should definitely have a solid grasp of the pitfalls associated with over-committing (opens in new tab) .

You can access The Dead Linger's alpha by pre-ordering the game for $20 on Sandswept's website (opens in new tab) .

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?