Q&A: Zombies and Survivors
Now that we know a little about the world and the backstory, it’s time to learn about the people that inhabit the world. Some of them were people at some point, anyway. (The entire Q&A is the first three posts in this thread, so be sure to read the whole thing before commenting!)
Zombies, Behavior and Weaknesses
Ruben and Derp Alert asked: Can you shoot limbs off the zeds while they are still alive?
Yes, you can shoot off their limbs and blow holes in their torsos, and they’ll keep coming at you.
Ghost Kage, Sander, Keith, and a bunch of others want to be absolutely sure: Do Class3 zombies require headshots to die (and stay dead), or do they have hit points you need to deplete?
Head shots are by far the most effective method of killing a zombie. Our producer, Jess, says “If you’re melee attacking you basically need to beat the snot out of them enough to destroy the brain.” Believe me, you’ll know when you’ve destroyed the brain.
PJ added: Will you be able to dismember a zombie?
Sean asked: Is the zombies’ sense of sight dulled at night, so that you can pass through certain areas that would have gotten you spotted during the day? Or is the opposite true?
Jess again: “Their senses aren’t dulled (our zombies don’t have the best eyesight anyway) but they do tend to be more active at night and they prefer to travel in hordes. So while you might not encounter as many stragglers at night, you’ll be in bigger doo-doo when you encounter a nocturnal zombie — because where there’s one there’s a whole lot more.”
Last week we told you that once you claim a building as a Home or an Outpost, zombies will stop spawning inside the building. CaptMugwash, Seth, and Killtheinfected want to clarifiy: If you clear the map of all zombies, will zombies keep spawning to account for ‘off-map’ zombies moving into your neck of the woods? What if a (cleared) building isn’t claimed?
If you clear it but don’t claim it, zombies will come back. Claiming a Home or Outpost will suppress the zombie spawn for a small radius around the building, but the creatures will continue to spawn elsewhere and wander toward your community if they hear anything to investigate.
As for clearing the map, it’s not that small — you simply will not be able to move fast enough to shoot every zed. There are some parts of Trumbull Valley that have no buildings for you to claim, and therefore you can’t stop the zombies from creeping in through the gap in your line.