Wow! After notch’s tweet about Zombox on the weekend and RockPaperShotgun’s small article on it, the game has been getting a lot of attention! And with that attention…lots of questions from interested gamers. Here I’ll try to answer a few of them:
- Is multiplayer/co-op planned?
Currently Zombox is a single-player game only. While I realize an open-world sandbox environment is a perfect multiplayer setting, my target devices (iOS smarphones and pads) wouldn’t be able to handle the game along with multiple players in the same world. Not because they can’t do multiplayer, but because the game would require a fair amount of extra processing power to enable such a feature. I’m already squeezing every ounce of processing juice that I can out of the handheld devices to get the game to run…they simply wouldn’t be able to handle the extra players right now.
That being said, I also hope to release on Steam at some point, and since desktop computers will have no problem running the game, multiplayer is a possibility for a future version of the game. But it’s worth noting that I can’t make any promises about that.
- When is it going to be released?
I don’t have an exact date yet….but I’m making great progress on the development of the game so there’s no need to fear about it being stuck in development hell forever.
- Will there be a beta?
I’m not totally sure about that either. I hope to have a short-term beta for the game when it’s close to release, but I don’t know if it’ll be a public beta, or a private beta with hand-picked testers.
- How much will it cost?
I’m leaning towards $2.99.
Also, someone requested a hi-res version of the image at the top of the page, so here it is!