Afterinfection is a brand new zombie survival game designed in Unreal 4 and being developed by a small team from Thailand. After creating your survivor, you’ll start with nothing and have to make your way across a large island searching for food, water, weapons, and crafting supplies.
Modes: Singleplayer, Server based multiplayer
Release Date: Feb 2, 2022
Status: Early Access
- Base Building.
- Crafting Items.
- Day/Night Cycle
- Weather Cycle.
- 4x4km Map.
- Gathering Resources.
- Mining and refining ores.
- Food and Thirst management.
- Groups And Guilds.
Pretty basic, food & thirst management. Perhaps this is a feature/mechanic that may see some more effort or love put into it down the line. Then again, with the state of the game, maybe not.
The developer for this title sent me a key (unrequested) when I contacted him about a press kit or images for the website. The game is another stab at Rust/SCUM/DayZ - like Remnants, Deadside, Vein, etc. So you end up wondering what the motivation is to play these new EA games that are mechanically & graphically lagging behind the more prominent titles, especially when they're in worse shape.
Much of Afterinfection showcases how it’s mostly made up of the Survival Game Kit V2 from Unreal Marketplace come to life and given a new name…and zombies. Of course, there's nothing wrong with purchasing assets to be placeholders, but since its release in February of 2022, I’ve yet to see much to change that initial observation. It's also very buggy, with users reporting issues with saving files & losing progress. Another major criticism of the game is that the map is empty of anything to do.
The tiny fan base is primarily motivated by & dedicated to their own privately hosted servers, as the developer’s monetary situation doesn’t permit him to host many ‘official’ public servers. The devs added a single-player mode, but the empty map doesn’t add much to the experience for folks. There is a Patreon to help defray server costs- which brings up the observation that you can entirely skip purchasing the game on Steam for $9 by just pledging Patreon for $5, which nets you a Steam key. (Actually, on Patreon, the keys are valued at $5 each, making them 1/$5, 2/$10, 4/$20, but then the price drops to $4 a key if you pledge $100, which nets you 25 game keys.)
All in all, it is not worth picking up. So if you're going to try it, watch your time played!
- Added changelog.