Anyone who’s finding that Mortal Kombat X‘s gruesome fatalities aren’t satisfying his or her rampant blood lust is in luck: Killing Floor 2, the sequel to 2009’s zombie-infested co-op shooter, is coming to Steam Early Access on April 21, and developer Tripwire Interactive has released a brand new batch of blood-soaked screenshots to celebrate.
The original Killing Floor started life in 2005 as a fan-made mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 before Tripwire expanded the game into a full-fledged retail release. In Killing Floor, players assumed one of seven “perks” (essentially character classes) and worked together to take out waves of zombies, with combat culminating in a boss battle against “the Patriarch.” In between each wave, players could trade items with one another or an in-game merchant, while perks levelled up through repeated use.
Despite some complaints about its subpar visuals, Killing Floor was a big hit, winning a number of awards and racking up over three million in sales. Killing Floor 2 looks to up the ante by introducing better graphics, aided by motion capture animation and the aging Unreal 3 engine, as well as deeper and more substantial gameplay options.
Hands-on reports confirm that Killing Floor 2 is much gorier than its predecessor. Inspired by Raven Software’s GHOUL system, Killing Floor 2 uses a “dynamic gore system” called M.E.A.T. (“massive evisceration and trauma”), which rips progressively larger chunks of flesh off of enemies as they sustain more and more damage and includes a real-time blood splatter renderer. Lovely.
Thankfully, the gameplay has been improved, too. Killing Floor 2 ups the franchise’s number of perks from seven to ten, and raises the level cap from six to twenty five; even better, players now have more control over character progression, meaning that no two players will level up in quite the same way. Killing Floor 2 also boasts more maps than the original game, and should ship with extensive modding capabilities.
Yes, another zombie game feels redundant, especially in a year that’s already seen Dying Light and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Exo-Zombies. Still, Killing Floor 2 is shaping up to be a triumphant return from a promising franchise. Keep in mind that the April 21 Early Access release is still a work in progress: Tripland wants to get feedback from players before releasing the full game, so expect some glitches and balance issues. In addition, the Early Access version of Killing Floor 2 only has three maps, eight characters, four classes, and eleven monsters. The final release will have much, much more.
Killing Floor 2 is in development for PC, Linux, and PlayStation 4.
Source: PC Gamer