Project Zomboid is an open-ended zombie-infested sandbox. It asks one simple question – how will you die? Whether surviving in Knox County free-roam or controlling Indie Stone mascot Baldspot in his quest to save his injured wife Kate – death is always a certainty. Quite how long you manage to put it off is another matter…

RSS Feed Praise be! The PZ Desura Drought Ends!

Finally, after a long wait, Zomboid returns to the Desura Client with the much awaited (by us at least) 2.9 build.

Posted by lemmy101 on May 22nd, 2013

It's been a tough couple of years for us, but we've finally made a huge step in getting back to where we want to be: Back auto-updating on Desura, like the good old times.

So what's new?

  • Completely new sprite system
  • Completely new lighting engine
  • Completely new and huge map based loosely on the real world Muldraugh that streams transparently with no loading screens.
  • Saving with separate world save support.
  • Carpentry and construction
  • Farming
  • Lots of new items, weapons and crafting recipes
  • Sandbox mode with customizable zombie lore
  • Joypad support
  • 2-4 player split-screen local multiplayer (with online in the works but still some way off)

... and much much more...

It's been a very busy day for the Zomboid team, getting the final kinks worked out, and we finally need to get some beauty sleep before our brains explode. So if you have any problems with the game, please visit our support forum for help getting going in the meantime:

A few pointers of common things that people stumble with to help you on your way until our tutorial is reintroduced with these new features explained.

E is your 'context sensitive' button. Press it to open doors / windows, and HOLD it to climb through windows.  Hammering it in panic will smash the window and make a hasty escape through it.

Crafting is now done by right clicking items in your inventory. In fact, if you're ever in doubt, right click something and the option you're looking for will hopefully be there. 

Combat is rebalanced to be a lot more dangerous, to combat the mindless zombie horde killing prevalent in early builds, that go against the point of Zomboid. It's always better to run if you see a horde, but if you must go toe to toe, avoid weapons such as knives and other ineffective zombie killers. Hold the mouse button to charge an attack and WASD to strafe into position, letting go to swing. Hammering the button quickly will only serve as to tire out out and make ineffective panicked swings at the shambling zombie's heads. Slow and steady, and try to time your swings to connect at the maximum range of the weapon for most damage. Swinging at a downed zombie will deliver a much more powerful blow, so consider getting up close and pushing the zombie (very close attacks will push instead) onto the floor to deliver a killer ground blow.

Happy surviving. Love you all, and apologies for the crazy delay getting back up on our feet. We're back to stay!

Desura Digital Distribution

Comments  (0 - 50 of 61)
BTVagrant May 23 2013, 12:20am said:


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HorseMassage May 23 2013, 12:25am said:

I keep trying to play this great game, but everytime it says not valid .exe and asks if i want to verify, i do but it does not fix it pls help

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Henley May 23 2013, 12:47am replied:

A simple re-install of PZ will fix this, it just means your install settings did not get correctly changed/

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sith5 May 24 2013, 1:44pm replied:

just unistall the game then install it and it should be fine

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jakeb89 May 23 2013, 12:40am said:

So clooose, yanking my hair in anticipation of R3. It's been a long ride, glad to see you guys stuck it out and pushed through!

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GR00V3R May 23 2013, 1:05am said:

Xbox pad support is not working for me (running either the 32- or 64-bit builds). The Options screen shows an overlap between the Reloading Difficulty heading and the Invert Y-Axis heading, so I can see where the options are supposed to appear, but the actual joystick options are not visible.

Also, how do we access the new split-screen mode? Can't see any option for split-screen multiplayer.

I'm running Win 7 64-bit (up-to-date with all updates).

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lemmy101 May 23 2013, 1:45am replied:

Joypad support is experimental, and may require some tinkering. It will be improved in later builds.

split-screen requires joypad support, since multple keyboard/mice are not possible. Try unplugging / replugging joypad into different USBs so it reinstalls the plug/play drivers to that USB port, and relaunching game perhaps? Others have had some success with that. re: Y-Axis heading. Whoops, that's not even meant to be there. Will remove it in next version.

Should you get joypads functioning, to activate you just press the A button in-game (as in when actually playing), and choose whether it's a new player or whether to take control of player 1. To configure it, you'll need to edit a config file. Instructions for this are on our forum where you may get additional help getting your joypads running. As I say, we'll improve in later versions and provide interacive options menu settings for binding joypad commands, but hopefully they should work out the box once the joypads are actually recognised on game load.

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GR00V3R May 23 2013, 9:22am replied:

Thanks. Sorted it out. :)

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exactinmidget92 May 23 2013, 1:26am said:

hows Multiplayer suppose to work in this?

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CosmicCr33per005 May 23 2013, 1:35am replied:

I do not believe they have implemented multiplayer yet. Although, I did hear something about split-screen...

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mechwarrior24 May 23 2013, 3:33am replied:

No kidding, you might even say it SAYS in the above news post that there's splitscreen support in... ;)

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baileyj May 23 2013, 2:39am said:

how do i craft and drink out of water bottles and how to i place a sheet rope

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MariusLV May 24 2013, 3:13am replied:

With an empty bottle in your active inventory (i.e. not in a bag or backpack) you ought to be able to fill it by right-clicking any water source (faucet, well, toilet bowl etc.). Note that if the bottle is called "water bottle" as opposed to "empty bottle", it already contains water. Drinking from a water bottle doesn't have to be micromanaged; it happens automatically when needed (liquids other than water, however, must be imbibed manually).

As for sheet ropes, you're out of luck; they aren't currently usable. Undoubtedly they will be soon, and my guess is you will then see the option to deploy sheet ropes when right-clicking windows. As a temporary and highly sub-optimal workaround, if you absolutely have to escape through a window, you can generally count on surviving a fall from the first floor with only minor injury.

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sabman84 May 23 2013, 3:15am said:

love you guys, Object A.

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Raul43 May 23 2013, 3:35am said:

I really need help (PLEASE BELIVE ME) I pre-orderd this.. (had the key and everything. saved it in note pad) And then i got a new computer because the old one was getting WAY to slow and unable to run my favorite games like G-Mod without massive lag. So i sold the old computer for scrap, and now i have this laptop.. I need to get the new virson can anyone help me? (Please PM me )

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sabman84 May 23 2013, 4:56am replied:

dont worry, just go to the email. when you bought the game you should have mail from desura, there is a link for you to get your cd-key.

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Batsphinx May 23 2013, 4:57am replied:

Email if you have issues mate :)

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Xerberus86 May 23 2013, 12:06pm replied:

you can also see your game keys here:

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MariusLV May 24 2013, 4:47am replied:

There's no need to solicit help from random people, just contact the developers, Indie Stone. Send them an email and ask them to re-send your password. They're a friendly bunch, and I can pretty much guarantee they'll be helpful.

Actually, before you contact Indie Stone, you should probably check your old emails. Unless for some reason you've deleted it, the original email containing your password should still be somewhere in your inbox. Search your email for "zomboid" or "indie stone studios", and I'm sure you'll find it.

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Darkonion5 May 27 2013, 8:57pm replied:

Woops wrong reply

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Horus321 May 23 2013, 4:24am said:

Woohoo! finally, I've been waiting for ages. Thanks Guys!

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sabman84 May 23 2013, 4:50am said:

That music so good for this game, just spot on.

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sabman84 May 23 2013, 5:33am said:

Just had a go at the game, looks great. Just one thing, do not create journals, it creates 400 each, and when you move it between bags it moves page by page. so dont use it, there are plenty of newspapers and mags and books.

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TheGrunge May 23 2013, 6:34am said:

Awesome i have been waiting for a update like this in ages AWESOME :D!

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CatBerry May 23 2013, 6:58am said:

Wow thats greta news :D
Amazing! and thanks for the hard work ^.^

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carlqua May 23 2013, 8:03am said:

Finaly I have a reason to use Desura lol
Also, the news is wonderful :)

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gangriss May 23 2013, 8:48am said:


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Darknuke May 23 2013, 2:15pm said:

This game has split screen multiplayer now? Holy Object I'm finally buying this lol.

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Darkonion5 May 27 2013, 8:52pm replied:

You mean you haven't alreayd?

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daneco May 23 2013, 4:53pm said:

YAYYYYYYYY! desura open sesame!

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baileyj May 23 2013, 6:09pm said:

to fix he problem you install and reninstall

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baileyj May 23 2013, 6:10pm said:

how do i drink out of water bottles and use items like a rope sheet

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dundidid May 24 2013, 12:57am replied:

you automatically drink out of water bottles, so longs as they fulls. R click on any sink/toilet and you should get the option of filling said bottles if empty. Rope sheets are broken as of current 008 build but SHOULD be getting fixed shortley (fingers crossed).

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GocotanMan May 23 2013, 8:56pm said:

:O: i am crying from anticipation

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thezombie12 May 24 2013, 3:50pm said:

So does this mean it will be on steam soon also?

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killbotvii May 24 2013, 4:33pm said:

Not for a while. explains what needs to happen first for it to be on steam.

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baileyj May 25 2013, 8:44pm said:

are thre any npcs because i keep finding dead bodyes every where

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Darkonion5 May 27 2013, 8:55pm replied:


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baileyj May 25 2013, 9:04pm said:

where do i find a saw

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yuttgyh May 26 2013, 5:42pm said:

Are there npc's because i though they weren't implemented yet but when i was playing i heard gun shots.I also heard airplanes and helicopters O.O

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togela May 27 2013, 1:39pm replied:

heard gunshots too, which made a large group of zombies aware of me :\
and there goes the next survivor :)

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Darkonion5 May 27 2013, 8:53pm replied:

i think its just sound effects

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Darkonion5 May 27 2013, 8:47pm said:

Does it work un intel drivers?

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x3demonomega May 28 2013, 3:18pm said:

Thank you IndieStone! It's been a long wait, but it's almost here... I'MSOEXCITED.

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Chr0n0Tr!gg3r May 28 2013, 3:58pm said:

Love the update but I do not use Desura for buying, when will steam be ready to go?

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LordLoss123 May 29 2013, 11:27am said:

The game launches and then I see the screen with the man and the women, and then there's music playing and lightning is flashing. But nothing happens after that. No menu, no nothing. Help?

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meadyspeedy May 30 2013, 7:15am said:

When i launch the game, after it says "this is how you died" i just get a black screen, anyway to fix this? Ive uninstalled and reinstalled it multiple times but still get just a black screen

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labrumpreston May 31 2013, 10:44pm said:

Got this game yesterday and I love it! Hope to see more updates to improve an already 10/10 zombie survival horror.

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