That’s So Meta

Two weeks ago, we announced how the Sandbox game was going to work.

Basically, you can play the game for as long as you want, and when you’ve exhausted your resources, you can fix up an RV, pack it with your best friends, and resettle in a replenished version of the map with a nastier zombie problem.

So now let’s talk about why you’ll want to keep coming back.

Knowing the Score

Throughout the game, we will be tracking and scoring your accomplishments — defeating zombies, freaks, hordes, and infestations, collecting resources and survivors, etc.

Everything feeds into a central score that we post to the Leaderboards, so you can see how you stack up against other players.

Different actions have different score values, and everything increases by a multiplier each time you hop on the RV and restart at a higher difficulty level.

That means that when you’re playing Sandbox, you’re in a competition, with your friends and with the community, to have the most prosperous, longest-lasting, zombie-killingest community in the world.

Needing a Hero

Heroes are tricked-out veteran zombie survivors with specialized skills, based on familiar faces you know and love.But maybe competition isn’t your thing. If you’re not trying to top the charts, then what are your goals?

When you begin your first Sandbox game, your survivors are all pulled from the random pool — they’re just everyday folks trying to get by amongst the flesh-eating monsters.

But then you score your thousandth zombie kill, or your hundredth headshot, or your fiftieth construction job, and you unlock a Hero.

Heroes are tricked-out veteran zombie survivors with specialized skills, based on familiar faces you know and love. They show up with their favorite equipment, ready to shoot some heads, hack some limbs, repair some cars, and cook up some delicious feasts.

The first time you unlock a Hero, you get a mission to pick them up immediately, and add them to your community as a playable friend.

From then on, even if they die, they remain in the pool of characters who could show up in any of your future playthroughs. The more Heroes you unlock, the more often they’ll show up.

You’ll also have the ability to choose your favorite unlocked Hero, up front, to be your starting character.

Which leads me to my final question:

If you could choose ONE character from the game, and have them appear as a playable Hero…which would you choose?

I can’t wait to see your answers in the forum!

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