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Red Dead Redemption 2 zombie mod for PC looks very promising

I, for one, welcome our new undead overlords

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

A team of modders has created a rudimentary zombie mode up and running for Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, and it looks tremendous.

One of the first glimpses of the mode showed up on YouTube just yesterday on the channel of one jedijosh920. Collaborating through a Discord channel, folks have cobbled together a handful of zombie skins and an AI that spawns in and rushes players from all angles. They’re not yet biting and slashing with claws; instead they go after players with hunting knives. But it gets the job done.

There’s no objective other than to survive, but what’s fascinating is how adaptive and elastic the non-player characters are. The video starts out in a saloon, and patrons freak out and fight back in a realistic fashion. The action spills out onto the street, where the player and another AI end up back-to-back in the muddy ruts on the road. The action switches to a more populated town, where the undead start streaming in from the rooftops. With the lighting and the melee animations, it’s all very evocative of a good zombie flick.

Some fans claim to have seen teases of an official Undead Nightmare mode in the game on consoles, but there’s been no official announcement of such a thing. Rockstar missed the Halloween holiday for a proper, and seems to be mostly concerned with squashing bugs on PC than adding new modes to the game. Time will tell if that holds true through the holiday season. In the meantime, we’ll be hunting down tutorials on how to get this new zombie mod up and running.

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