The Dead Linger is a sandbox zombie survival horror game with an online multiplayer option. The game provides a single player option for those that would like to play alone, but the team plans to make an option to support up to 256 players on a server at any given time if players choose.
The Dead Linger contains a randomly generated world with both PvE and PvP gameplay modes, including an option for hardcore perma-death. PvE modes put more emphasis on teamwork to overcome the zombie hordes, but players can still kill each other, it’s just much harder. The world will contain a number of items to aid in combating the hordes of the undead such as vehicles, character perks and the option to build barricades to hold back zombies.
Zombies in The Dead Linger can only be killed with a shot to the head and they come in three main types: Slow (starving), medium (normal), and fast (healthy). Healthy zombies tend to rarer and move faster, so it’s recommended that you deal with them quickly. Additionally, players may find animal zombies such as dogs within the game, but there will not be specialty infected zombies, however, huge hordes may bring a quick end to you. To quote the devs, “Currently we are working with numbers of zombies up to around 500 in the local proximity to a player, and that's just in Pre-Alpha. You could theoretically find crowds of zombies numbering in the hundreds, possibly thousands when we are finished.”
The Dead Linger heads to alpha on October 31st, 2012.