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7 Days to Die

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: The Fun Pimps

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'7 Days to Die' Leaving Early Access In June, Reveals Post-Launch Content Plans, Includes Crossplay - Trailer

by Rainier on April 22, 2024 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

Set in a brutally unforgiving post-apocalyptic world overrun by the undead, 7 Days to Die is an open-world survival game that is a unique combination of first person shooter, survival horror, tower defense, and role-playing games.

Set in a brutally unforgiving post-apocalyptic world overrun by the undead, 7 Days to Die is an open-world game that is a unique combination of first-person shooter, survival horror, tower defense, and role-playing games.

7 Days to Die presents combat, crafting, looting, mining, exploration, and character growth, in a way that has seen a rapturous response from fans worldwide. 7 Days to Die thrusts players into the aftermath of the fall of civilization with only their wits and bare hands to survive, you must explore the open world alone or with friends to build tools, weapons and shelter against the dangers of the reanimated dead, infected wildlife and the world itself.

Play the definitive zombie survival sandbox RPG that came first.

Navezgane awaits!

The Fun Pimps are happy to announce 7 Days is leaving Early Access!

We have been developing 7 Days for nearly 12 years and have had over twenty large scale early access releases that have brought the game to a significantly different place and quality than where it began. Our team feels satisfied with our efforts, especially with the significant overall progress, art quality and optimizations that have gone into the current release slated for all PC and Consoles and are ready for launch. We are now turning our focus to other ways we can support ALL versions of the game – through our planned roadmap, free updates, and beyond! The Fun Pimps have and will continue to support 7 Days to Die development with a majority of their resources.

We have put significant work into these systems but some still have a ways to go to be ready for prime time. Rather than keep 7 Days to Die in further Alphas, we think it’s time to leave early access and officially announce our 1.0 launch, future plans and commit to the deadlines on these features. With that said, supporting and keeping parity with PC, PS5, and Xbox X/S Series will be our top priority.

The 7 Days to Die “Apocalypse Edition” was a tentative name we were considering for the console 1.0 release of the game. But, after working with Microsoft and Sony, we thought the best way to avoid brand confusion was to call it the console edition. We are scrapping “Apocalypse Edition” at this time to hopefully avoid confusion.

At launch of 1.0 stable the standard retail price of the game from that point forward will increase to $44.99 on all platforms and storefronts. We are offering a major Last Chance weeklong deal sale on Steam from April 22 to April 29, 2024 so that people will have one last chance to get the game before the price increases

Your PC/Steam Early Access copy of 7 Days to Die is still yours, and nothing will change besides it coming out of early access with a large free update and all future free updates. We appreciate your early and continued support of our title, and hope you enjoy the full launch.

Users who did not purchase the title before the pricing increase will, of course, have to buy the game at the new retail price point (or during any of our discount periods on Steam in the future!)

We are pleased to announce that 1.0 will be the version that the console launches on. While we currently are working out the exact release date, we’re aiming for it to release only a few weeks after the launch of PC 1.0 Stable.

While it will not be ready for the 1.0 Release, we are pleased to report that Crossplay connections already work with PC, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X. However, we are waiting for  certification approval with Microsoft and Sony. We intend to have more information in the future, and hope for it to be released with Update 1’s launch (tentatively scheduled for Q4 2024).

Due to the significant technical differences between old and current console hardware,  we will not be upgrading the legacy version. Legacy owners will have to buy the new title.  However, we are working closely with Sony and Microsoft to provide a discount to digital legacy owners on their purchase of the new console edition. 

We made the decision early on to focus on a ‘new’ version of the game that is unified with our PC version, and our efforts to update the game post-launch will be entirely focused on that version.

Due to product and branding confusion, we will be delisting the legacy console version from digital storefronts when the new version releases. You will still be able to play your old copy if you own it, but no future purchases of the legacy edition will be possible.

Old saves game will no longer work on the new version. You will, of course, be able to continue to use your old saves on the Legacy version if it is installed, but saves will not carry over as they are not compatible with the numerous new changes. 

Our plan is to give the console edition owners every free update that the PC version gets, keeping parity with PC for Crossplay. If a feature is not technically possible due to hardware restrictions, or is otherwise restricted by certification requirements set by Microsoft or Sony, it will not make it to the console edition. We will outline any future updates if they will be limited or not make it to the console edition.

Due to technical limitations and memory restrictions, the local splitscreen feature is not currently possible on the Console Edition.

There are some limitations or differences between Console Edition and PC.

  • Random Gen: The Console Edition will launch with a collection of pregenerated maps and the Navezgane experience. However, Random Gen will come in a patch soon after launch.
  • Level/Prefab Editor and World Editor: The console edition will not launch with the level or world editor..
  • Internet Connection/Server Connection: At launch, the console edition will be restricted to peer-to-peer games on the same platform. As mentioned in the Crossplay section above, we intend to release Crossplay in Update 1, barring any certification requirements or technical hurdles.
  • Other Differences: There will be a document in the future that details any other specific differences in performance, online capabilities, hosting features and more.

Key Features

  • Explore - Huge, unique and rich environments, offering the freedom to play the game any way you want, featuring 5 unique biomes and worlds up to 100 square kilometers in size.
  • Craft – Handcraft and repair weapons, clothes, armor, tools, vehicles, and more with over 500 recipes. Learn more powerful recipes by finding schematics.
  • Build – Design your fort to include traps, electric power, auto turrets, automated doors, gadgets and defensive positions to survive the undead in a fully destructible and moldable world.
  • Cooperate or Compete – Work together to build settlements or against each other raiding other player’s bases, it’s really up to you in a wasteland where zombies and outlaws rule the land.
  • Create – Unleash your creativity with access to over 800 in-game items, and over 1,300 unique building blocks and a painting system that offers infinite possibilities.
  • Improve – Increase your skills with a multitude of perks under 5 main attributes. Gain additional skills by reading over 100 books. 7 Days to Die is the only true survival RPG.
  • Choose – Play the campaign world, or dive back in a randomly-generated world with cities, towns, lakes, mountains, valleys, roads, caves and over 550 unique locations.
  • Combat – Encounter nearly 60 unique zombie archetypes including special infected with unique behaviors and attacks progressing in difficulty to provide an infinite challenge.
  • Survive – Experience real hardcore survival mechanics with nearly 50 buffs, boosts and ailments that will impact the gameplay in ways that can both challenge and aid in your survival.
  • Destroy – Buildings and terrain formations can collapse under their own weight from structural damage or poor building design with real structural stability.
  • Loot – Scavenge the world for the best weapons, tools, and armor with 6 quality ranges providing thousands of permutations. Augment items with a multitude of mods.
  • Quest – Meet several Trader NPCs who buy and sell goods and offer quest jobs for rewards. Enjoy many unique quest types supported by over 550 locations.
  • Customize – Create your own character and customize your character further in-game with a huge selection of clothing and armor you can craft or loot in the world.
  • Drive – Enjoy the badass vehicle system where you find all the parts, learn the recipes, craft and customize your own bicycle, minibike, motorcycle, 4x4 or gyrocopters and ride with friends.
  • Farm or Hunt – Plant and grow gardens for sustainable resources or head out into the wilderness and hunt over a dozen unique wild animals.

Currently available through Steam Early Access, 7 Days to Die is coming to PC (Steam) in June 2024, followed by PS5 and Xbox Series editions in July at $44.99.

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