Project Zomboid has really taken off recently. There's still a massive audience that enjoys hunting and being hunted by zombies, and with the recent addition of multiplayer in the Build 41 update the game has exploded in popularity, with peaks of under 10,000 going to 65,000 on December 23rd. Within the last 24 hours the game has had a 55,904 player peak, so it's not like the game is really dipping either.
Basically, it looks like Project Zomboid is now a megahit here to stay, and with that level of success comes a lot of people wanting to know what updates they can expect going forward. Well, The Indie Stone has them covered with a roadmap from 2022 and beyond. Let's check it out, shall we?
While on the surface there's not much to talk about there's just crafting and NPCs, right? There is more that we can talk about, however. Basically, with NPCs being the most requested new game mechanic by far, that's what The Indie Stone is going to be focusing on. The Project Zomboid team is essentially being split into three teams, with one focusing exclusively on NPC developing from this point on. The second team will be working on "quicker, less risky yet super cool content... before the NPC work is complete..." so things such as hunting and expanded crafting are definitely still in the cards.
Last but not least is the third team, which is working on General Arcade. What does that mean? Well, the game's multiplayer will continue to be improved, the server will be optimized, and the player count will be increased.
That means Build 42 will have no major functionality or mew fundamental systems, but there will be balancing and the expansion of tech trees along with expanded crafting. The developers want players to be able to build a "post-apocalypse nu medieval community", which sounds pretty rad.
Build 43 will present the first version of NPCs. At the moment the developers are still deciding whether there will be "autonomous NPCs that the player can group with", NPC animals, or the reintroduction of the story mode. Still, we will finally be getting the first version of NPCs as part of this update, so players have a lot to look forward to this year and beyond.
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