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Dead Nation Introduces Voice Chat Integration, New Development Diary

Petteri Putkonen's Avatar Posted by Game Designer, Housemarque

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Hi everyone! Housemarque is extremely pleased to report that Dead Nation received the Editor’s Choice award by Gaming Nexus, Just Push Start, Playstation Lifestyle, ZTGD, and Gamingbolt!

Not only that, but the game was also chosen as PSN game of the year 2010 by PS Nation, Gamingbolt, and PlayStation Lifestyle! We’re most honored for these awards, we wish to thank everyone who voted, this means a lot!

Now, we’re excited to report that our upcoming patch is only days away (coming Monday, March 7th) and will provide players with not only online co-op Voice Chat, but also Checkpoint saves, the ability to copy saves, and some even further surprises for all the Dead Nation players out there!

And finally, for those interested in seeing behind-the-scenes of the game’s development, we made a small development diary last year that shows just how the whole zombie pandemic really got started…

We want to thank all the Dead Nation players out there and let them know that they’re appreciated! Keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you, the apocalypse has only begun!

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nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

March 4th, 8:03 am


remanutd5 said:

March 4th, 8:08 am

yes!!!!!!!!! the patch im waiting to get back to the game !!!!!!!

WoundedUnderwear said:

March 4th, 8:09 am

Dose anyone still play this game online? Its a little to late to add voice chat. This should feature should had been included when the game was first release.

Carl-G said:

March 4th, 8:11 am

Glad i can back-up my saves now :P Worse thing this gen is saves you can’t back up.

DCaliph said:

March 4th, 8:12 am

YESS! Keep adding more to this game, its seriously so addictive!


XMbeaner said:

March 4th, 8:13 am

And they said it couldn’t be done.

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

March 4th, 8:14 am

@woundedunderwear..(and im guessing you were a victim to many wedgies) this game is fun..and the two update will make it alot more fun to play it. it would be better with 4 player co-op sine there are many zombies attacking you from every direction but i guess it wouldnt be too challenging and also thats what the new Ghostbusters is for..but yeah those features shouldve bin included but better late than never i say :p

Jose_64 said:

March 4th, 8:16 am

A little late but it is a nice addition. I love this game best on PSN

shyguyNC said:

March 4th, 8:17 am

YES! been working on a grim playthrough locally with a friend, now we can go at it online. We didn’t want to attempt without voice chat, Dead Nation is not an easy game, especially so without communication.

Berae said:

March 4th, 8:18 am

Oh yeah! I was waiting for that to play it on hardest difficulty. Thanks

Dragun619 said:

March 4th, 8:19 am

Omg, finally, I was getting worried that voice chat wasn’t going to be patched, but thanks Housemarque for delivering it. Really appreciate it. I guess it’s time to return to Dead Nation and platinum it.

Brameriz said:

March 4th, 8:23 am

That’s whats up #TeamBON

jonathan_val said:

March 4th, 8:24 am

At Last…
Thanks Housemarque, Dead Nation is the best…

Mattsta001 said:

March 4th, 8:24 am

When will there be a demo? Sorry, not going to blindly buy the game, I want to try it first. Been burnt before. Why Sony doesn’t make a demo a prerequisite for all its published games is beyond me.

terrencec06 said:

March 4th, 8:26 am

I bought this game on day one and put if off because it didn’t have voice chat. Thank you.

I3rand0 said:

March 4th, 8:27 am

nice, features that this game should have had since day one are patched in three months later.

CelicaCrazed said:

March 4th, 8:27 am

It’s inexcusable to release an online game, and co-operative at that, without voice chat in this day and age.

KAPADO said:

March 4th, 8:32 am

@2 kick rocks , I’m buying it now as well as a bunch of other people , I hate the jaded gamer that thinks nobody else will buy the game they don’t want, can’t afford or already have .

Hellman said:

March 4th, 8:35 am

I love Deadnation! Defiantly my favorite psn game of 2010. Keep up the great work Housemarque you guys rock!

THE-D1RTY-77 said:

March 4th, 8:37 am

what a coinky dink, i’m just now half way thru this game…

remanutd5 said:

March 4th, 8:49 am

at 17 , me !!! add me as psn friend if you want

LpSquall said:

March 4th, 8:58 am

I asked a few weeks ago about this patch and here it is. Awesome news. Now I will play this game online.

dragonmagician said:

March 4th, 8:59 am

Platinumed already. I’ll wait for a better reason to return.

KidCommando said:

March 4th, 9:03 am

Got the game on release and had a blast. Already got the plat for it too. Can’t really believe that voice chat wasn’t there from the start, but good to see you added it. In this day and age, not having voice chat for anything multiplayer hurts the experience.

I have a feeling this will be the game going on sale for that spring voting thing. Perfect time for a voice chat patch for all the new players.

Housemarque, you guys make great games. SSDHD and Dead Nation are both solid games and I look forward to your next project. Some Dead Nation DLC would be AWESOME! wink wink

RavenSPe said:

March 4th, 9:17 am

Finally! Now my friends will buy the game and I’ll have more people to co-op with. Sweet.

ModernYorkster said:

March 4th, 9:28 am

This is great news!

Dr_Dekes21 said:

March 4th, 9:30 am

About time!!! :p how about some DLC? Great job with the game BTW. My fav PSN game.

AmethystVenom said:

March 4th, 9:38 am

Some DLC would be nice but yeah, this is awesome news. I still have trophies to get. :-D

KwietStorm said:

March 4th, 9:46 am

Is there a release date for outland yet?

Trieloth said:

March 4th, 9:46 am

Humm this proves that people want and do chat on the PSN. Anyways thanks cuz it will be nice for the other person to hear “get that **** behind dumpster!

Go_Buddie_Go said:

March 4th, 9:48 am

It’s never too late, although some DLC down the road to show some love to the game would be nice. My friend and I started on co-op and still havent finished yet, We’ve been waiting for voice chat so I’m looking forward to diving back in and fighting off the horde again!


March 4th, 10:16 am

Finally, now I get to play this game which I bought (day 1) just waiting in my DL list since there was no voice chat! Thanks for the long awaited patch!!

Skater_Ricky said:

March 4th, 10:21 am

Main reason why i stopped playing this game was due to the lack of voice chat in Coop game play. Thank you for this. And next time you think about coop game make sure to include this on day one please it really runes the game play when your trying to work with a friend.

It’s like playing with a blind guy driving a race car. It purely does not mix.

mountain_duwe said:

March 4th, 10:42 am

finally! i’ve been waiting for this patch to play this game. i like it a lot but it needed voice chat. i’m glad it’s finally here.

Sekoku said:

March 4th, 10:54 am

Mid-level saving?


WAste of $15 still, then. And I trusted you after SSDHD, House Marquee.

WoundedUnderwear said:

March 4th, 10:55 am

@nYcFrEeWiLL82..(and im guessing you are seriously butt hurt) because I made a comment on a game you really like (fanboy), otherwise you wouldn’t have made a smart remarks. All I imply was, that this voice chat feature should have been added to the game when it was first release. I really like this game too, but this feature is way over due and one of the reason I didn’t buy the game. And if you ask, I played this game over my son house. Now since it will have voice chat, I might consider buying this game now.

El_Hoardo said:

March 4th, 11:41 am

Cool beans. If this wins that Gamers’ Choice award and gets that 50% discount for Plus subscribers, I’ll be on this like stink on a monkey.

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    David Bull said:

    March 6th, 5:19 pm

    Fingers crossed!

Justp94 said:

March 4th, 11:44 am

It took fricken like 2+ months for voice chat???

xDarkImagesx said:

March 4th, 11:48 am

cause they want to patch it in with the dlc coming, he already said that dlc is on the way in the psnation podcast,

LUGIEZ said:

March 4th, 11:52 am

definitely looking forward to voice chat with this co-op game! finally, should have been there on release though!

nathanuc1988 said:

March 4th, 11:59 am

LOVE this game.

The only things I didn’t like about it were the goofy saves (single player vs co-op vs online co-op), lack of voice chat, and delayed aiming while online. Looks like two of three of those are fixed now :)

Nikolodeon said:

March 4th, 12:14 pm

I would really like to play the campaign again with my upgraded weapons. I worked hard for those, it’s too bad I couldn’t go through the game again with my roided out shotgun and Rocket Launcher!

yellowjacket486 said:

March 4th, 12:19 pm

great game , needs a sequel

JakeRuiner said:

March 4th, 12:20 pm

I just saw the “developer diary” from the link, and it’s hilarious. Quick question here, why would you guys get sent a zombie? I’m looking forward to picking this title up next week when it goes on sale. Super Stardust HD was a great addictive game, on of the first I bought on PSN, well worth it too. So I already know this game is gonna be something specially good.

plaztiksyke said:

March 4th, 1:10 pm

My husband and I just finished Dead Nation and are now playing through again to get all the loot. Overall, we were most impressed by the physics, animation, and lighting. The use of surround sound was great, and paying attention to the zombie sounds really helped us.

The most frustrating times were when I lost track of where I was on the screen. In some of the darker areas, in a crowd of zombies, especially. Often, I would then confuse my local co-op partner’s avatar as mine. The lights on non-default guns are too minor to easily detect. (We are playing on a 50″ Panasonic Viera plasma HDTV, with professional calibration, in a dark room at night time.)

It would be nice if, in a big crowd of zombies, the characters turned a bit blue/red like they do when occluded by building and such. That would help me not ‘lose’ my character as much.

If there’s DLC, I hope it has some minor puzzle-y elements instead of just pushing a button multiple times. Also, being able to hoist/throw your partner using the melee move would be a cool addition from both a combat and puzzle/exploration perspective.

keep up the good work!

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    David Bull said:

    March 6th, 5:20 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. :-)

BigPoppaB said:

March 4th, 2:46 pm

What about integrating a price cut? I loved SSHD, and this game looks great… but I’m not paying $15 for any DLC game.

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    David Bull said:

    March 6th, 5:21 pm

    If Dead Nation wins in the PSN Gamers Choice Awards, it will be offered at a 50% discount! Stay tuned to the Blog to see if Dead Nation won.

NotFrontin said:

March 4th, 4:44 pm

Decent patch. Checkpoint saving should help me finish those tougher levels.

Now lets get some add-on pack action!

BigFreezy1975 said:

March 4th, 5:20 pm

Im just glad we got voice chat yayy :) now back to killin those [DELETED] zombies with my good friend watching my back! Thank u and dare I say it? Why don’t you talk to your Facebook fans.. Anyway we appreciate this game it’s great and now I have a reason to go back guns ablazin’

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