DR2: More than 3K zombies on screen “ruins the experience”, says Ohara

Thursday, 29th July 2010 19:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Dead Rising 2 co-producer Shin Ohara feels too many zombies on screen can “ruin a game”.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Ohara said the game’s tech doesn’t limit the amount of revenant flesh-eaters featured on screen at once; however, if too many are present, the area becomes constricted provided the player with less room to chop ‘em all down.

“Last year at Captivate we did a demo. We had a strip — It was probably like 10 meters wide and 200 meters long. We filled it with about 7,000 zombies. After about 3,000, you can’t really tell the difference because it fills up the screen anyway. Over 3,000, it ruins the experience. It’s not a game anymore,” said Ohara.

“We can show about 7,000 zombies if we wanted to, our technology is not limiting us. If the game only shows about 500 zombies or 1,000 zombies, that’s not the game’s limit. We have just enough so that people have fun with the zombies and the gameplay is rewarding.

“We want people to use a lot of weapons, and they need to be able to move around to use it against zombies. Traversing the space shouldn’t be a pain, but it needs to be a challenge as well. We didn’t want to fill a room out of zombies where you had to wiggle your way out.

“Rather, you can jump over them, kick them, or go around them. There are many ways that you can deal with the zombies.”

During the same interview, Ohara explained why Capcom chose western developer Blue Castle Games to work on the title, and how well the team “clicked” with the publisher’s vision of the game.

Dead Rising 2 is out on September 28 in the US, and in the UK and Europe on October 1 for PS3, 360 and PC, with Case Zero hitting XBL exclusively on August 31.



  1. Crysis

    sounds interesting, never played the 1st one tho

    #1 4 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    even 500 zombies were boring the only think that makes me wanna play this is the weopon creation thing crysis its only good if you like killing zombies

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Crysis

    well, i’d expect a little zombie killing in a zombie killing game, it seems like the kinda thing i’d have to rent 1st though

    #3 4 years ago
  4. onlineatron

    No need for this article… isn’t it obvious?

    Jeez, if I had 3001 zombies on my screen i’d be distraught and overwhelmed… but I can deal with 3000.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    #4: I think we’re all aware that 2999 is actually the zombie limit. 3000 is idiocy.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Hunam

    Anything over 2979 and a quarter and I’m not buying it.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Dralen

    I thought the first game was the shiz! It was a great 360 exclusive and I can’t wait for this game.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. LOLshock94

    it is the “shiz” but this pretty much the same game and probely made by a shit games company

    #8 4 years ago

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