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.
- Base Building.
- Crafting Items.
- Day/Night Cycle
- Weather Cycle.
- • 4x4km map.
- Gathering Resources.
- Mining and refining ores.
- Food and Thirst management.
- Groups And Guilds.
Let’s get some truth out ahead of time: the developer for this title did send me a key (unrequested) when I contacted about any type of press kit/images for this posting. And I have not yet tried/installed the game to check it out. With the backlog of titles that I need to sort through, I honestly haven’t made it a priority for a few reasons. It’s very much in the vein of Remnants, Deadside and others- very akin to Rust/SCUM/DayZ. You kinda end up wondering what the motivation is to play games that are mechanically & graphically steps behind the larger titles, when they aren’t really doing anything to be different/shake things up.
Much of Afterinfection, from viewing videos and images in their Discord, showcases how it’s mainly just the Survival Game Kit V2 from Unreal Marketplace come to life and given a new name…and zombies. Hands down nothing wrong with purchasing assets to be placeholders, but after a few months of observing the Discord/Game videos/game updates -since release in Feb of 2022- I’ve yet to see much to change that initial observation.
The game exists in a somewhat buggy state currently, akin to many early access titles. The fan base is largely motivated by & dedicated to their own privately hosted servers, as the developers monetary situation doesn’t permit him to host many ‘official’ public servers. (While there is a new single player mode, it -per Steam reviews- is apparently having issues saving.) They do run a Patreon to help defray server costs- which brings up the observation that you can entirely skip purchasing the game on Steam for $9 USD by just pledging Patreon a month for $5 USD, which nets you a Steam key. (Actually on Patreon the keys are basically 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.)
Until I take the time to poke at the game myself, I’ll leave you with the prevailing viewpoint laid out on the Steam reviews and YouTube videos. If you don’t mind some bugs and glitches or early access titles with medium or mediocre content, give it a shot. If you like the idea of Rust and DayZ but your PvP skills are shit or you like to avoid crowded servers, the small player base for the game may help you find an edge. You can easily find some current recorded game footage on YouTube to see if the overall look of the title appeals to you.
At the end of the day it’s under $10 bucks so you may not have much to lose- and your support can help the developer (hopefully) polish this into something new down the line.