Survival Machine is a zombie survival city builder coming to Steam in 2022

Survival Machine will task you with maintaining a moving settlement in a world overrun by zombies.


Zombie survival is a pretty well-worn concept. There are countless ways in which we’ve seen zombies handled and dispatched in video games throughout the decades as the genre has come in and out of vogue. That said, studio Grape Pickers may have a pretty novel concept under its belt with its upcoming title. Survival Machine won’t just put you against a world full of zombies. It will put you in charge of a mechanical moving settlement that you must keep moving at all costs lest the zombie hordes climb aboard and get to you and the survivors with you, and it’s coming to PC in 2022.

Survival Machine was officially revealed during the IGN Expo livestream showcase on June 11, 2021. It would appear you are in charge of a small settlement built upon an all-terrain automotive machine. Upon the back of this machine you can build houses, towers, and other space-conscientious structures. That said, you’ll need resources. It would appear you’ll need to scavenge from surroundings as you go, but be wary. The undead will swarm you and try to climb on your settlement to get at those on board. You can watch the trailer of the game just below.

Survival Machine truly does look like an interesting city management sim. Keeping your machine improved and moving is paramount to staying alive, but that also means embarking just long enough to get what you need from the dangerous world around you. It would seem you can also arm your inhabitants and create defenses like cannons in case swarms of undead get out of hand, but we find ourselves wondering just how far we can go and what danger or hope lies ahead in our travels.

The devs at Grape Pickers are expecting a 2022 release window for Survival Machine. Stay tuned for further info, check out the Steam page, and be sure to check out our other E3 2021 coverage all weekend here at Shacknews.

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