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Finally, after a long wait, Zomboid returns to the Desura Client with the much awaited (by us at least) 2.9 build.

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It's been a tough couple of years for us, but we've finally made a huge step in getting back to where we want to be: Back auto-updating on Desura, like the good old times.

So what's new?

  • Completely new sprite system
  • Completely new lighting engine
  • Completely new and huge map based loosely on the real world Muldraugh that streams transparently with no loading screens.
  • Saving with separate world save support.
  • Carpentry and construction
  • Farming
  • Lots of new items, weapons and crafting recipes
  • Sandbox mode with customizable zombie lore
  • Joypad support
  • 2-4 player split-screen local multiplayer (with online in the works but still some way off)

... and much much more...


It's been a very busy day for the Zomboid team, getting the final kinks worked out, and we finally need to get some beauty sleep before our brains explode. So if you have any problems with the game, please visit our support forum for help getting going in the meantime:

Theindiestone.com

A few pointers of common things that people stumble with to help you on your way until our tutorial is reintroduced with these new features explained.

E is your 'context sensitive' button. Press it to open doors / windows, and HOLD it to climb through windows. Hammering it in panic will smash the window and make a hasty escape through it.

Crafting is now done by right clicking items in your inventory. In fact, if you're ever in doubt, right click something and the option you're looking for will hopefully be there.

Combat is rebalanced to be a lot more dangerous, to combat the mindless zombie horde killing prevalent in early builds, that go against the point of Zomboid. It's always better to run if you see a horde, but if you must go toe to toe, avoid weapons such as knives and other ineffective zombie killers. Hold the mouse button to charge an attack and WASD to strafe into position, letting go to swing. Hammering the button quickly will only serve as to tire out out and make ineffective panicked swings at the shambling zombie's heads. Slow and steady, and try to time your swings to connect at the maximum range of the weapon for most damage. Swinging at a downed zombie will deliver a much more powerful blow, so consider getting up close and pushing the zombie (very close attacks will push instead) onto the floor to deliver a killer ground blow.

Happy surviving. Love you all, and apologies for the crazy delay getting back up on our feet. We're back to stay!

Desura Digital Distribution

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BTVagrant
BTVagrant

WB!

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HorseMassage
HorseMassage

I keep trying to play this great game, but everytime it says not valid .exe and asks if i want to verify, i do but it does not fix it pls help

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Henley
Henley

A simple re-install of PZ will fix this, it just means your install settings did not get correctly changed/

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sith5
sith5

just unistall the game then install it and it should be fine

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jakeb89
jakeb89

So clooose, yanking my hair in anticipation of R3. It's been a long ride, glad to see you guys stuck it out and pushed through!

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GR00V3R
GR00V3R

Xbox pad support is not working for me (running either the 32- or 64-bit builds). The Options screen shows an overlap between the Reloading Difficulty heading and the Invert Y-Axis heading, so I can see where the options are supposed to appear, but the actual joystick options are not visible.

Also, how do we access the new split-screen mode? Can't see any option for split-screen multiplayer.

I'm running Win 7 64-bit (up-to-date with all updates).

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lemmy101 Author
lemmy101

Joypad support is experimental, and may require some tinkering. It will be improved in later builds.

split-screen requires joypad support, since multple keyboard/mice are not possible. Try unplugging / replugging joypad into different USBs so it reinstalls the plug/play drivers to that USB port, and relaunching game perhaps? Others have had some success with that. re: Y-Axis heading. Whoops, that's not even meant to be there. Will remove it in next version.

Should you get joypads functioning, to activate you just press the A button in-game (as in when actually playing), and choose whether it's a new player or whether to take control of player 1. To configure it, you'll need to edit a config file. Instructions for this are on our forum where you may get additional help getting your joypads running. As I say, we'll improve in later versions and provide interacive options menu settings for binding joypad commands, but hopefully they should work out the box once the joypads are actually recognised on game load.

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GR00V3R
GR00V3R

Thanks. Sorted it out. :)

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The_Traveler
The_Traveler

hows Multiplayer suppose to work in this?

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CosmicCr33per005
CosmicCr33per005

I do not believe they have implemented multiplayer yet. Although, I did hear something about split-screen...

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mechwarrior24
mechwarrior24

No kidding, you might even say it SAYS in the above news post that there's splitscreen support in... ;)

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baileyj
baileyj

how do i craft and drink out of water bottles and how to i place a sheet rope

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MariusLV
MariusLV

With an empty bottle in your active inventory (i.e. not in a bag or backpack) you ought to be able to fill it by right-clicking any water source (faucet, well, toilet bowl etc.). Note that if the bottle is called "water bottle" as opposed to "empty bottle", it already contains water. Drinking from a water bottle doesn't have to be micromanaged; it happens automatically when needed (liquids other than water, however, must be imbibed manually).

As for sheet ropes, you're out of luck; they aren't currently usable. Undoubtedly they will be soon, and my guess is you will then see the option to deploy sheet ropes when right-clicking windows. As a temporary and highly sub-optimal workaround, if you absolutely have to escape through a window, you can generally count on surviving a fall from the first floor with only minor injury.

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sabman84
sabman84

love you guys, ******* A.

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Raul43
Raul43

I really need help (PLEASE BELIVE ME) I pre-orderd this.. (had the key and everything. saved it in note pad) And then i got a new computer because the old one was getting WAY to slow and unable to run my favorite games like G-Mod without massive lag. So i sold the old computer for scrap, and now i have this laptop.. I need to get the new virson can anyone help me? (Please PM me )

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sabman84
sabman84

dont worry, just go to the email. when you bought the game you should have mail from desura, there is a link for you to get your cd-key.

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Batsphinx
Batsphinx

Email accounts@projectzomboid.com if you have issues mate :)

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Xerberus86
Xerberus86

you can also see your game keys here:
Secure.desura.com

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MariusLV
MariusLV

There's no need to solicit help from random people, just contact the developers, Indie Stone. Send them an email and ask them to re-send your password. They're a friendly bunch, and I can pretty much guarantee they'll be helpful.

Actually, before you contact Indie Stone, you should probably check your old emails. Unless for some reason you've deleted it, the original email containing your password should still be somewhere in your inbox. Search your email for "zomboid" or "indie stone studios", and I'm sure you'll find it.

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Darkonion5
Darkonion5

Woops wrong reply

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Horus321
Horus321

Woohoo! finally, I've been waiting for ages. Thanks Guys!

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sabman84
sabman84

That music so good for this game, just spot on.

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sabman84
sabman84

Just had a go at the game, looks great. Just one thing, do not create journals, it creates 400 each, and when you move it between bags it moves page by page. so dont use it, there are plenty of newspapers and mags and books.

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TheGrunge
TheGrunge

Awesome i have been waiting for a update like this in ages AWESOME :D!

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CatBerry
CatBerry

Wow thats greta news :D
Amazing! and thanks for the hard work ^.^

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carlqua
carlqua

Finaly I have a reason to use Desura lol
Also, the news is wonderful :)

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gangriss
gangriss

YAYAYAYAYAAY!!

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Darknuke
Darknuke

This game has split screen multiplayer now? Holy **** I'm finally buying this lol.

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Darkonion5
Darkonion5

You mean you haven't alreayd?

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daneco
daneco

YAYYYYYYYY! desura open sesame!

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baileyj
baileyj

to fix he problem you install and reninstall

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baileyj
baileyj

how do i drink out of water bottles and use items like a rope sheet

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dundidid
dundidid

you automatically drink out of water bottles, so longs as they fulls. R click on any sink/toilet and you should get the option of filling said bottles if empty. Rope sheets are broken as of current 008 build but SHOULD be getting fixed shortley (fingers crossed).

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GocotanMan
GocotanMan

:O: i am crying from anticipation

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thezombie12
thezombie12

So does this mean it will be on steam soon also?

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killbotvii
killbotvii

Not for a while. Theindiestone.com explains what needs to happen first for it to be on steam.

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baileyj
baileyj

are thre any npcs because i keep finding dead bodyes every where

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Darkonion5
Darkonion5

Aesthetics.

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baileyj
baileyj

where do i find a saw

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yuttgyh
yuttgyh

Are there npc's because i though they weren't implemented yet but when i was playing i heard gun shots.I also heard airplanes and helicopters O.O

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togela
togela

heard gunshots too, which made a large group of zombies aware of me :\
and there goes the next survivor :)

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Darkonion5
Darkonion5

i think its just sound effects

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Darkonion5
Darkonion5

Does it work un intel drivers?

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x3demonomega
x3demonomega

Thank you IndieStone! It's been a long wait, but it's almost here... I'MSOEXCITED.

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TheRenegadist
TheRenegadist

Love the update but I do not use Desura for buying, when will steam be ready to go?

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LordLoss123
LordLoss123

The game launches and then I see the screen with the man and the women, and then there's music playing and lightning is flashing. But nothing happens after that. No menu, no nothing. Help?

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meadyspeedy
meadyspeedy

When i launch the game, after it says "this is how you died" i just get a black screen, anyway to fix this? Ive uninstalled and reinstalled it multiple times but still get just a black screen

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Guest

I really like the way Survival mode is persistent at this stage of development. It's a nice detail to rediscover the smashed-up zombie corpses from my earlier survival attempts.

One of my characters (named Kevin Rudd) died from a zombie infection in a house that I'd just started to build into my safehouse. The next character (Peter Garrett) has now moved in... but it's a little bit sad to see poor Kevin's corpse at the foot of the bed Peter sleeps in every night.

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labrumpreston
labrumpreston

Got this game yesterday and I love it! Hope to see more updates to improve an already 10/10 zombie survival horror.

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