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Zombie survival shooter The War Z announced

A new massively multiplayer online zombie shooter has been announced, entitled The War Z.

A new massively multiplayer online (MMO) survival shooter The War Z has been announced, undeniably taking a few cues from the popular ArmA II modification DayZ.

Like DayZ, The War Z is a persistent shooter with the option of permadeath in the "Hardcore Mode", it incorporates player versus player and player versus zombies at the same time and has a hunger system.

Its creators have described The War Z as a "Survival horror MMO that immerses players in a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic world in which a viral outbreak has decimated the human population leaving, in its wake, a nightmare of epic proportion".

Gamers will be tasked with carrying out quests in a world that they have free roam of from the moment they start playing. Missions are found by exploring notes and diaries left behind by survivors, explained Sergey Titov, the title's executive producer in an interview with IGN.

The first game world released will be Colorado, but others have been developed, including New York, Los Angeles and Paris, which will be released to players for free as they get to grips with the title.

There will be a combination of both first-person and third-person perspectives with very strong role playing elements. Much like typical MMOs, there will be a choice of a number of characters that are all customisable.

Fitting in with the multiplayer style, there will be a number of social elements to the game, including bounties, help requests and the ability to set traps.

In each server there will be up to 250 players who are able to progress their unique set of skills, find new weapons and items and buy and sell their wares in settlements safe from the zombie horde.

It is expected to be released this autumn, which is very soon considering nothing was publically known about it until recently, and will be available for $30 (£19) and without any subscription fee.

Gamers who can't wait to get their hands on the title can sign up for a closed beta event that takes place this summer.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801413153-ADNFCR