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The Many Classes of Zombie Tycoon 2: Samurai, Engineers and More

Laurent Mercure's Avatar + Posted by Laurent Mercure on Apr 17, 2013 // Frima Studio

Zombie Tycoon 2 on PS3 and PS Vita

When we announced the release of Zombie Tycoon 2 right here on PlayStation.Blog, we were purposely a bit vague about the gameplay. But, now that the game’s release is only weeks away, we’ve got nothing to hide!

Zombie Tycoon 2 is a tactical real-time strategy game in which you will lay waste to your enemies by controlling two squads of zombies, one hero-like monster, and one zombie-spawning vehicle. We use the term ‘tactical’ because the game is all about managing your units and deciding how to tackle the warzone. There are no resources to gather, no structures to build, and no tech-tree to climb. As you capture buildings, your zombie army grows, you unlock the ability to transform your zombies, your monster gains levels, and you expand your control over the battlefield.

Our biggest challenge as a developer was coming up with controls that not only work well, but feel intuitive on both PS3 and PS Vita. And guess what? Impressions so far are unanimous: we pulled it off! Your squads of zombies are linked to two of your face buttons, while the other two buttons control your monster and your spawner. All four of your monster’s active abilities are mapped on the directional pad.

Zombie Tycoon 2 on PS3 and PS Vita

Throughout the single-player campaign, you’ll learn everything there is to know about the two factions, the different zombie types, and the monster units. On one side, you’ve got Orville Tycoon and his old-school, hulking zombies, who are just about done invading Finkleville. On the other, you’ve got his former boss, Archibald Brainhov and his army of fast and frantic zombies. To say that he’s got a score to settle with his former apprentice is a monumental understatement!

There are six different types of zombies (seven, if you count the starter zombies), and four epic monsters to mess with. Each zombie type is unlocked by capturing a special building, while the monster is selected before starting a game. I’ll briefly go over each unit, to give you an idea of how your tactical skills will be put to the test.

Zombie Tycoon 2: Brawler Zombies

Brawler zombies are pumped-up starter zombies. They hit harder and are much, much tougher. Every time they strike, they have a chance of stunning their target, making them perfect front line units.

Zombie Tycoon 2: Scavenger Zombies

Scavengers are the only zombies with the ability to attack from a distance. They can throw garbage, TV sets or sign posts at their enemies. Team them up with brawlers for a killer combo!

Zombie Tycoon 2: Engineer Zombies

Engineer zombies are not battlefield material. But they are highly tactical units with the unique ability to capture buildings twice as fast as any other. These are better used when you feel that your army is at no risk of engaging the enemy in close combat.

Zombie Tycoon 2: Samurai Zombies

Samurai zombies are swift and deadly. They hit a lot harder than brawler zombies but are more fragile. With the ability to charge at their victims, they are perfect for assaulting unsuspecting squads of engineers or scavengers.

Zombie Tycoon 2: Cleaner Zombies

Cleaner zombies can move through and neutralize chemical waste, but more importantly, they explode upon death, dealing damage to all nearby enemy units and leaving puddles of toxic goo on the ground.

Zombie Tycoon 2: Scout Zombies

The silly-looking Scout zombies are perfect for spying on your enemies. These fast-moving units skulk around unnoticed by neutral humans and structures, and when they take root they become completely invisible and regenerate health.

You can find detailed information on all four monsters on our official blog. We’re closing in on the game’s release date — April 30th. Stay tuned to our Facebook page — we might have a few codes to give away!

If you have any questions about the gameplay, storyline, development, or anything else, I’ll be shambling around the comments section to answer them.

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+ DZORMAGEN on April 17th, 2013 at 3:12 pm said:

Update the store already……oh wait…….


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+ Mercenary09 on April 17th, 2013 at 3:15 pm said:

Really cool that this game is going to be free for Plus members! Is there going to be a Platinum trophy Laurent?


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    + Laurent Mercure on April 17th, 2013 at 3:35 pm said:

    We’re working on having one obtainable, we still can’t confirm it 100% though.


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    + Laurent Mercure on April 18th, 2013 at 8:18 am said:

    It is now confirmed! We’ll have a Platinum trophy in Zombie Tycoon 2.


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+ AguilarX on April 17th, 2013 at 3:27 pm said:

cant wait to play this on my Vita, loved the first one!


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+ xFuzylilManPeach on April 17th, 2013 at 3:43 pm said:

Looks fun! Another game ill be happy to put on my Vita :)


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+ ctorretta on April 17th, 2013 at 3:50 pm said:

Haha, I like how the Botanical Zombie is in a sunflower suit. Reference to Plants v. Zombies maybe? Or just a cute coincidence?


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    + Laurent Mercure on April 17th, 2013 at 3:59 pm said:

    Coincidence I assure you : P


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+ Loco4FourLoko on April 17th, 2013 at 3:54 pm said:

vita content *thumbs up*


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+ eggmiester28 on April 17th, 2013 at 3:58 pm said:

looks amazing i can’t wait


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+ saab01 on April 17th, 2013 at 4:16 pm said:

Hopefully this game will be interesting enough to download.


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+ thebgj on April 17th, 2013 at 4:41 pm said:

I know someone was asking about a platinum but will it have trophies in general?


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    + Laurent Mercure on April 17th, 2013 at 5:23 pm said:

    Zombie Tycoon 2 will support multiple trophies!


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+ mhacroms on April 17th, 2013 at 4:44 pm said:

Great if this can support both online and adhoc multiplayer


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+ Ryumoau on April 17th, 2013 at 4:47 pm said:

Thanks for making this game free. it looks very interesting.


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+ Kchow23 on April 17th, 2013 at 5:04 pm said:

Can’t wait to check it out on PS Vita :)


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+ Elvick_ on April 17th, 2013 at 5:12 pm said:

@9: Of course it will. It’s been required for Vita games from the beginning, and PS3 since… 2010?


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+ Cooljaja09 on April 17th, 2013 at 5:22 pm said:

This game is going to be awsome on psvita. Call of duty declassified isn’t really that bad on vita people say it is but once you play more often it is really fun.


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+ danimaiochi on April 17th, 2013 at 5:31 pm said:

looking forward to it, must finish Disgaea 3 ASAP, thank you so much PS Plus <3


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    + Laurent Mercure on April 17th, 2013 at 5:33 pm said:

    Our pleasure danimaiochi : )
    We hope you’ll enjoy Zombie Tycoon 2!


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+ SHeeP_11 on April 17th, 2013 at 5:59 pm said:

Looking forward to this game.
Will definitely give it a try on vita.
Hope its good!


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+ ossiecastro5 on April 17th, 2013 at 7:59 pm said:

Wow, this game looks great. Can this game be played online?


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    + Laurent Mercure on April 18th, 2013 at 6:54 am said:

    Yes, there will be an online matchmaking system and a regular “play vs. friends” mode


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+ AlexMelo19 on April 17th, 2013 at 8:16 pm said:

This game is Like Plants vs Zombies but in 3D. I think it.


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+ tusunami on April 17th, 2013 at 8:43 pm said:

And people still complain there are no games for PS Vita really LOL


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+ Andy10003 on April 17th, 2013 at 8:52 pm said:

Hey guys looking forward to playing this. Was always interested in the original but I never got around to buying it. Just a question. Can you confirm if the Vita version will run at Native Resolution?


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+ Laurent Mercure on April 18th, 2013 at 6:33 am said:

Zombie Tycoon 2 runs on the Vita at its absolute maximum resolution! ( 960×540 )


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+ Mando44646 on April 18th, 2013 at 6:33 am said:

Looks good. This will be the first great PS+ addition in a while!


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+ aelurio1980 on April 18th, 2013 at 7:09 am said:

Amazing. I want to vita.


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    + Laurent Mercure on April 18th, 2013 at 7:12 am said:

    Zombie Tycoon 2 will also be playable on the PS3 if you have one aelurio1980!


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+ Zionine on April 18th, 2013 at 9:07 am said:

RTS’s are almost never good on consoles.. but on my Vita.. I will play the heck out of this. :) Thanks Laurent and team for bringing something that looks like so much fun.. I do admit that time will have to be portioned out between this and Soul Sacrifice, though. -sigh- But hey! That’s good news cause the next thing for the Vita is Terraria in probably mid-summer.. and then September is the clincher.. and is the month where the US will finally have high Vita sales.


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+ Gadirok on April 18th, 2013 at 9:22 am said:

Will you guys still have the red, blue and green zombie groups to control? Or is it just that green zombie with different groups based on jobs because that’s the only color I’ve seen.

I guess having different oriented groups with specific purposes/skills is also good, but its not like you couldn’t customize that in the first one with the stats and everything and putting shields on one group, while having other groups wield two different weapons for greater attack.

I liked having different colors, but I don’t really mind if its different as long as the controls are similar to the old game.


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    + Laurent Mercure on April 18th, 2013 at 10:34 am said:

    You’ll control your squads of zombies exactly the way you we’re doing it in the first Zombie Tycoon. However, as far as regular zombie squads, you’ll only have two of them. The other two face buttons are for your mobile zombie spawner and your monster unit. The green zombies are for Orville Tycoon’s faction and the blue ones are for Brainhov’s army.


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+ NYPUNK88 on April 18th, 2013 at 9:45 am said:

Yes. Yes. Very good. I will buy it for my beloved Vita on day 1.


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+ TUNA-EGG on April 18th, 2013 at 10:34 am said:

Looking forward to this game! :)


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+ thebgj on April 18th, 2013 at 12:26 pm said:

@#26 NYPUNK88

I think the game will be free for us PS+ members. I does say cross play , im not entirely sure what that means….but you might want to wait to see is its free for you before you buy it.


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    + Laurent Mercure on April 18th, 2013 at 12:55 pm said:

    Cross play means that players with a PSVita will face players with PS3 consoles in combat!
    Since the game is also Cross Buy, PS+ members will get both PS3 and PSVita versions for free : )


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+ winterdust on April 18th, 2013 at 6:56 pm said:

Looks great! I missed the first one, but am really looking forward to this. Thanks for supporting Vita!


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+ Poohbear190 on May 15th, 2013 at 9:37 pm said:

hi I love this game its tons of fun……but im having a problem with it it will not save my multiplayer stats I should be 8 wins and 3 losses but they just will not save but then sometimes it will count a win as a loss but then everything will just go back to 0 it says I have zero wins and zero losses but I have won 7 times with tycoon and once with brainhov and I lossed 3 times.how can I fix this?!


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