A major expansion to Saber Interactive's popular co-op zombie shooter is on the way later this year, as announced during the IGN Expo livestream. World War Z (opens in new tab) Aftermath is adding a truckload of new features that are likely to fundamentally change how the game is played.
Chief among them is an entire melee combat system paired with an interesting arsenal of weapons. We got a brief look at what I'm pretty sure is an electrified shield that you can use to charge straight through hordes of zombies (I bet Brad Pitt wishes he had one of those in the movie version). The expansion brings three new locations: Rome, Vatican City, and the Kamchatka peninsula.
Even more interesting is the addition of a first-person mode, a feature that you don't usually see added years after release to a third-person shooter. The mode comes across a little clunky in the trailer (the player's arms and weapons look stiff from the closer angle), but it's probably how I'll prefer to play it. World War Z Aftermath will also bring the game to current-gen consoles with full crossplay support, meaning all of us who picked up the game for free on the Epic Games Store can finally pair up with console pals.
The trailer didn't give us an exact date, but we do know it's coming sometime in 2021.