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Interview: We chat with JumpCore's founder about Undead Online

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Zombies. Like the fictional dead corpses of humans that for some reason still walk around trying to eat living human flesh, we can't seem to get away from them in popular culture no matter what we do. From movies to TV shows to comics to, yes, games zombies continue to be a popular themed.

Game developer start up JumpCore Productions wants to get into the zombie game business with its recently announced action-MMO game Undead Online. While details about this latest game about the infected are scarce Big Download got a chance to get a little more info from JumpCore founder Cameron Petty who previous to this helped to found City of Heroes and Champions Online makers Cryptic Studios.

Call of Duty Black Ops unlocks two zombie maps this weekend only

Call of Duty Black Ops players who have yet to unlock two of the game's zombie-based co-op maps will be able to play them this President's Day weekend. Activision just sent over word that the maps, Dead Ops Arcade and Five, will be made available to all players of the hit first person shooter from now through Monday.

Dead Ops Arcade lets players fight through traps and zombies while pursuing the Cosmic Silverback. The map known as Five has the players take on the role of the real life 1960s Cold War political/military figures John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Fidel Castrol and Richard Nixon as they fight off a zombie breach in the Pentagon. The PC version of the game has also gotten a patch update today that fixes a couple of minor issues.

[Via email press release]

The Walking Dead game coming in late 2011

The Walking Dead started as a hit comic book and later became a surprise TV series success in late 2010. But will the zombie-filled drama become a hit in the game industry? We will find out in the fourth quarter of 2011. IGN reports that's when the first episode of Telltale Games' adaptation will be released. Specific game platforms have not been announced yet but the PC is a safe bet considering Telltale's history with the platform. Telltale has also released a teaser image for the game which you can see above.

IGN chats with The Walking Dead's writer and co-creator Robert Kirkman about the game announcement. Unfortunately info on the game remains scarce. Kirkman does confirm that the game will be set in the comic book's universe rather than the AMC TV show. As far as what kind of game it will be like, Kirkman would only say, "The game is at an early stage, and we're in the process of mapping this all out now."

Exclusive: Blacklight sequel to be free-to-play game; first screenshot released

In 2010 developer Zombie Studios released Blacklight: Tango Down, a downloadable near-future themed first person shooter. Pricing for the game was just $15. At the time of the game's release, Big Download learned from Zombie's CEO Mark Long that a sequel was already in the works. Today Big Download has learned exclusively that the sequel will have an even cheaper price; free.

Yes, the Blacklight: Tango Down sequel (which at the moment is titled "Blacklight" for now) will be released as a free-to-play game. According to what Long told us today, "The full game will be free along with premium content that can be purchased in-game. Blacklight will feature a large number of improvements based on the player feedback we've gotten. And we hope going free-to-play will close that loop so we can respond even faster to player preferences."

So why go with the free-to-play/microtransaction business model? Long told us, "The free-to-play model is something we've been interested in since we first began working with Korean publishers four years ago. Free-to play is the model in Asia. It's exploding in China growing fast in Europe and emerging here in Facebook and iOS games."

The sequel will not reuse any of the content of the original Blacklight: Tango Down, according to Long. It will be an all new game with new weapons, levels, items and more. That includes the previously announced drivable mech vehicles. You can see the mech in the background of the first ever publicly released screenshot above (you can check out a high-res version when you click the above image). Long told us that the sequel will use the latest version of Epic's Unreal Engine 3 tech.

The Blacklight sequel does not yet have a release date and Long would not comment on who might be publishing the sequel (the original Blacklight Tango Down was published by Ignition Entertainment). We hope to have more info on the game in the coming weeks and months.

War Rock adds Zombie mode in latest update

Zombies continue to be the new black in first person shooter games. The latest such game to add the undead to its list of features is War Rock, the long running free-to-play shooter from GamersFirst. The back story is the usual stuff for this sort of thing; military experiment goes horribly wrong and, well, you have to shoot your way out of 20 waves of the zombie horde.

The Zombie Mode update includes a new map (Blind Bullet) and three new guns (the Glock17C, the PSG-1 20B, and the Barrett M82-N). More of War Rock's maps will support the new Zombie Mode in future updates to the game.

Download the War Rock client at Big Download (643 MB)

Dead Rising 2 trailers give tickets to Fortune City

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was a great game, but it never made it to PC. This is not unusual, though, as Capcom is gloriously inconsistent with its PC ports. They are aiming to rectify this issue with Dead Rising 2, however. Full of over-the-top, balls-to-the-wall, various-hyphenated-phrases-for-awesome zombie killing, it will no doubt satisfy our bloodlust for the walking, rotting dead.

Two new trailers from Capcom show off just where Dead Rising 2 is taking place. The first is a delightfully cheesy intro to the gambling town of Fortune City. While the visuals are certainly goofy, pay attention to the narration, as it has some ridiculous zombie-killing puns. The second trailer (after the break) is a little more straightforward and plays it in an opposite light: it has a normal narration, but is packed to the brim with gameplay footage of dressing up and zombie slaughter.

Download HD Dead Rising 2 Fortune City #1 Trailer
Download HD Dead Rising 2 Fortune City #2 Trailer
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Blacklight Tango Down now available for PC via Games For Windows Live

While there's no indication of this on the official Games For Windows web site, the PC version of Blacklight Tango Down is now available to purchase and download via Microsoft Games For Windows Live client. At the moment this is the only outlet to get the PC port of the multiplayer themed near-future first person shooter although we have been told by the game's developer Zombie that it will also appear on Steam and Direct2Drive as well. The game costs $14.99 to download.

Just a reminder: This game is developed by Zombie and published by Ignition Entertainment with support for customizable weapons, 12 multiplayer maps for support up to 16 players and four co-op themed maps that can also be played alone with AI support. Zombie hopes this game is the first salvo in a Blacklight multimedia franchise. A one-shot comic book is already available and there are plans for a motion picture based on the franchise.

[Thanks TheWeaponeer]

Update: The game is now available on Steam and Direct2Drive.

Blacklight: Tango Down gets one-shot comic book in July

More and more we are seeing games get adapted into comic books. The latest such project is for Blacklight: Tango Down, the upcoming downloadable first person shooter from developer Zombie Studios and publisher Ignition Entertainment. A one-shot comic based on the game will be released by publisher Storm Lion in July. The story was written by Zombie's founder Mark Long.

Zombie already has some experience in comics, The developer also created the story and concepts for Radical Entertainment's sci-fi series Shrapnel. One four part mini-series was released in 2009 and a second three issue mini-series is scheduled to launch later this May.

Dead Rising 2 trailers find inventive ways to deal with the zombie menace

There will be no shortage of neat and creative ways to dispose of flesh eating zombies in Dead Rising 2. In multiplayer, the public has learned to make the most out of the apocalypse by turning zombie fighting into a reality TV sports game show called TIR (Terror is Reality). How effective is goring a zombie using makeshift horns? See for yourself. Continue reading after the jump to see more gameplay videos, including using a wheelchair as a weapon and beating zombies down with a roulette stick. Dead Rising 2 is expected to release in the spring of 2010.

Download HD Dead to Rights 'TIR' Trailer (85 MB)
Download HD Dead to Rights Gameplay Trailer #1 (22 MB)
Download HD Dead to Rights Gameplay Trailer #2 (19 MB)
Download HD Dead to Rights Gameplay Trailer #3 (20 MB)

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New zombie-based RPG in production by Obsidian veterans

There are plenty of games that take place in a zombie apocalypse scenario, but not many that take the RPG route. Until now. Two veterans of Obsidian Studios have banded together to form a new independent developer, Double Bear Productions. Their first game, just recently announced, is an unnamed PC RPG focused around a zombie apocalypse as people come to terms with what has happened and begin to search for a safe place to live, ala Dawn of the Dead. Details on the new game were broken on the Iron Tower forums. Full post from Brian Mitsoda after the cut.

[Via Rock, Paper, Shotgun]

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