Saber Interactive has revealed the World War Z: Aftermath PS5 and Xbox Series X|S release date. The game will land on current-gen consoles on January 24th, with PS4 and Xbox One owners getting a free upgrade with a whole bunch of enhancements. That date will also see the arrival of a brand new game mode, which will be exclusive to current-gen systems.
If you're thinking "wait a sec, I already played Aftermath on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S", then you're not entirely wrong. World War Z: Aftermath was originally released on PS4 and Xbox One in September 2021, but it boasted some extra features for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, including boosted framerates. An update was promised around that time that introduced Horde Mode XL, with more zombies on screen than ever before, as well as free current-gen upgrades.
This, as you might have guessed, is that update. If you're playing the game on PS4 or Xbox One, you'll get a free boost to the current-gen consoles (assuming you have those, of course), and Horde Mode XL is also arriving on January 24th. Here's a frantic trailer to give you a taste of the hectic zombie action that's in store for you.
The trailer boisterously promises more zombies than you can shake several massive sticks at, and it looks like the devs will be able to back up that promise. That's also probably why this mode is exclusive to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S (as well as PC, of course); it's hard to imagine the Nintendo Switch or last-gen consoles being able to handle hordes of this magnitude.
So, what else is the January 24th update bringing? Along with the Horde XL mode, you're also getting new mutators in the standard Horde mode, as well as new weapons and a reworked progression system. If it's been a while since you last dipped into the world of Aftermath, then you may wish to give it another shot, as it looks like it's getting reanimated in a few weeks.
World War Z: Aftermath is a retooled version of the 2019 zombie shooter World War Z, adding new stages and systems to that game. It's available right now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A version of World War Z is also available for the Switch, but it doesn't have any of the new content introduced in Aftermath.