Population Zero adds the option to play with friends as the survival sandbox’s player count dwindles

It seems the game's title is a self-fulfilling prophecy


Do you have friends that you want to play Population Zero with? Then you’re probably in rare company, but more on that later. With the survival sandbox’s most recent update, joining your friends for a session has gotten a lot easier thanks to the appropriately titled “play with friends” option that will show up on the game mode screen. Selecting this option will show you which friends are playing and how much time is left in their session. From there, it’s just a simple matter of clicking the “join” button, letting the client restart, and then hopping alongside your buddy for some adventures on Kepler.

The update has also made a round of adjustments and added a teleport item that lets players return to the Main Hub once every 40 minutes, all of which is detailed in the latest patch notes.

Of course, the play with friends feature assumes the perfect scenario of friends playing Population Zero exists. The most recent concurrency numbers paint a rather grim picture, with only 38 players in its most recent 24-hour peak — a far cry from an already anemic all-time high of 554. The game had a rocky early access launch but has kicked out a few hotfixes in accordance with its its May update roadmap, yet it could worryingly be too little, too late.


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Dug From The Earth

I wonder if they thought the games name would be a self fulfilling prophecy for it.


The real question is: are they going to wait until they actually have zero population to shut the game down?


I dont think this feature and/or the launch issues was the problem here. The problem simply is the game has no purpose to it and no endgame what so ever. You level up your account to unlock base building that in return does and offers exactly nothing of value to game play. Once you reach max account level there is no real benefit to the game over being level 1. Yes you have a few more features to play with but none of it changes the game in a meaningful way and / or outside the exact same things you where doing at level 1.


Just another example of what I’m talking about when I say there’s too many games to waste our time on bad games or even what might be bad games. Population Zero, Crucible, Shadow Arena, New World…there’s just no time for bad games.

We’re all assured, constantly how hard they are working on fixing things and turning it all around. They are deeply committed to fixing it all. Have you seen their roadmap? It’s all on there it’s going to get fixed!

Too late. That’s the harsh reality of today’s market. The wellspring of understanding is tapped dry. We’ve seen this hundreds of times out of developers with thousands of promises. Good luck with all that, I can metaphorically throw a rock and hit any number of decent alternatives to your game because in this over saturated market it’s all been done to death.

Dug From The Earth

Interesting way of saying,

“There are enough games out there to choose from that bad games dont have a chance”

Which is a good thing. Id hate to be stuck with a small selection of only bad games, without the option to stop playing them and switch to something good.

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Shouldn’t a game called Population Zero have no one playing it anyway? I mean otherwise it’s just a misleading title lol