Project Zomboid’s next big addition will be NPCs

Since the release of its massive Update 41, Early Access zombie game Project Zomboid has blown up into a genuine hit, almost a decade after it first launched. Its developers, The Indie Stone, aren’t slowing down and resting on their undead laurels. In a new interview, the devs say they’re hard at work with Project Zomboid’s next major addition: human NPCs.

The Indie Stone’s managing director and coder Chris Simpson spoke with NME about Update 41, as well as plans for the game going forward. The interview provides some fascinating insight into the development of the latest update, as well as the devs’ feelings about having spent so long in Early Access. But Simpson also identifies NPCs as the studio’s next major goal for Zomboid. It’s a feature fans have been waiting for years to see in the game.

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“We’re planning on doing NPCs pretty much next,” Simpson says. “Although there may be smaller builds in between, the next big thing that we’re working toward and talking about in the new year is going to be NPCs.”