So like, Luxo, the alien character: he doesn't speak English when you meet him. And he's got a previous relationship with [Brian] the science guy, who's been stealing all of his technology to make all this stuff. Luxo doesn't speak English, but the scientist can speak to Luxo. Luxo's side-quests are all about him learning how to speak English. So the first side quest, you get him alphabet blocks, and then he can say really crude stuff. And then you get him some comic books and he gets smarter. And then finally he asks for a copy of The Big Lebowski. Just because we wanted an excuse to have the alien say "Dude" all the time, and swear a lot.Characters that have been unlocked in single-player will be available for friends to play in four-player local co-op. If you've got more players than unlocked characters, additional co-op friends can play as generic soldiers with assault rifles. "We initially set it up so that you basically unlocked all the characters as fast as possible," Dow explained, noting the depth of the title. "There's quite a lot of stuff to play with. It was totally overwhelming to do that. Just to make the game such so that you can sort of learn it at a nice pace, we had to stretch that out."
Whereas Burn Zombie Burn was an arena-based shooter, All Zombies Must Die takes place across nine dynamic levels, each in different parts of an urban setting. Levels will also change throughout the course of the experience to reflect new status effects, based on in-game events. Players can even set up a home base in certain levels by taking on an "All Zombies Must Die Quest." After completing such a quest in a given area, the player will have access to leveling up, inventory management, and crafting. Don't like the base you've chosen? Just complete another quest and set up shop elsewhere. Though my time with All Zombies Must Die was brief, it seems like a solid twin-stick shooter with a good deal of freedom. The dizzying number of available combinations will likely ensure that players can approach the game in a number of valid ways, depending on their personal tastes and play-styles. Folks looking for some frantic couch-based co-op might want to keep an eye on All Zombies Must Die, which is scheduled for release this fall on PC, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade.
Status effects can be conferred by weapons or the environment.