Co-op survival MMO Dead Maze pits you against zombies when it launches February 13

Last August, we heard about a cute little coop survival MMO called Dead Maze. Yeah, yeah, it’s zombies. But it’s also not your average cutthroat you-red-you-dead kind of survivalbox. When they say co-op, they mean it: If you don’t work together with your fellow humans, you’re gonna die.

Studio Atelier 801, which yes we do realize is redundant, pushed the colorful isometric game to closed beta on Steam last November, and this week, it announced a February 13th official launch. Over the past few months, it says, it’s been working on both bug fixes and new features, “including a new game mode called The Raid where players have to survive infinite waves of enemies.”

We’ll be checking the game out ourselves on OPTV next week, but for now, we leave you with the brand-new trailer.

Key bits from the PR:

Cooperation is key: in this game with no player versus player combat, you have to work together to explore high-risk, high-reward instances in a ravaged modern world. Scavenge for resources, craft life-saving supplies and fight off the ever-present hordes of infected.
Face not only the undead, but also hunger, thirst, injuries and diseases. Ration your food and drinks, and monitor your health carefully through the in-depth survival mechanics.
Establish your camp and build and furnish your own home with the help of others. Plant seeds and tend to your vegetable gardens or breed cattle to gain access to extra food sources such as milk.
Watch out: the infected work together using an advanced AI design and will gather together before attacking. They come in many different shapes and sizes, from violently exploding infected capable of attracting even more undead, to bosses able to project more infected towards you.
From kitchen knives to old undergarments, use any of the 500+ items to defend yourself and defeat the hordes of infected.
Choose and change which archetype to play at any time thanks to versatile skills, gear and scavenged items, from being a healer supporting others, to DPS or powerful tank.
A compelling story and strong cast of supporting characters will guide you at launch across a dozen different locations and 22 major quests. The mission to survive doesn’t end there, as the story will continue to be expanded after the official launch of Dead Maze with new missions and chapters.
Much more content to be added after launch, including the upcoming map editor which allows you to create your own adventures, play through them with your friends, and share them with the whole community.”

Source: Press release
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John Mclain

It’s a fun game, but sadly lacks any form of “end-game” content for now, once you finish the storyline and finish your camp, there is literally nothing left to do. And that will only take you a few weeks to do at a casual pace.

Also despite the claims it’s a co-op focused game, nothing whatsoever requires co-op to do, everything can be easily done completely solo, down to the hardest bosses and “group zones”. But I can attest there is no open pvp/ganking, so I guess in that sense it’s a co-op game.

By no means a bad game, it’s a lot of fun actually. Just don’t expect it to be a long-term mmo you’ll play more than a month or two later at the absolute longest.

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Nadine Blot

its very very cute and such a joy to find one that not about pvp