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Outbreak: Endless Nightmares with Evan Wolbach

Outbreak: Endless Nightmares with Evan Wolbach

Update: 2021-07-16


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Evan Wolbach (of Dead Drop Studios) stopped by Waffling Taylors HQ to discuss his Outbreak series of games. This series of survival horror games take inspiration from the greats of the genre, but also look to rogue-likes for some inspiration, too.

Here's a sample of the full show notes - make sure to click through and check them out.

Content Warning

As the topic of this episode is a survival horror game, we ask that you please listen responsibly and consider anyone who may unintentionally be listening, too.

Show Notes

We were joined by Evan Wolbach for this episode. He is the developer behind the Outbreak series of survival horror - something both Jay and Squidge are into - rogue-like games - more Jay's genre of choice.

No pants means no rules
- Squidge

And Squidge couldn't have been more correct.

We wasted no time in getting to know Evan, and leapt straight in with a discussion about how he got into making video games, why he chose survival horror, and just how many possible camera systems his games have.

Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Alone in the Dark (series)... this is a loving homage to all of them
- Evan

It seems that Evan is a big fan of the early survival horror games - particularly the classics of the 90s, and the multiplayer titles of the early 2000s - and it was mainly due to the fact that Capcom (et al.) weren't producing survival horror games in 2015 which drove Evan to try his hand at it with the first Outbreak game - quite simply titled: Outbreak.

A lot of people think, "I'll take a computer science degree, then I'll go make games." But then they get out in the real world and realise that they need to pay the bills first.
- Jay

But not all of the titles are about dispatching wave after wave of the undead, as is the case with Outbreak: Lost Hope

You're just kind of alone on a giant map, and you're trying to explore and find your way around, and find resources. You can't really kill every enemy, so you have to get really clever, and run away and hide
- Evan

Recent Games

The Recent Games segment will not be new to listeners, but in case you're new to the show here's how it goes: we go round the table and discuss one or more games that we've been playing recently, and whether we think it's worth the listeners checking it out. We continue to do this until we've run out of games to discuss.

I love to hear what everyone's been playing, and whether they would recommend it.
- Jay

And, of course, we shared ours too. Would we recommend the games that we've all been playing? Or course!

Evan's Recent Games

As is tradition, we asked our guest to go first.

Evan, being a full-time dev, doesn't have a huge amount of time to play games these days. Although he had managed to put in a few hours with

  • Resident Evil Village

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

I look at games like [Final Fantasy VII Remake) as a triumph of engineering and a sign of things to come
- Evan

And of course, Jay brings up the "Dino Crisis remake in the RE Engine" point again - it's not as if Capcom are going to make it simply because he shouts up about it so much.

And Evan agreed, going so far as to point to the design and look of Resident Evil 3's remake as a basis for what it could look and play like.

Squidge's Recent Games

  • Streets of Rage 4

  • Resident Evil

As mentioned in the previous episode of the podcast - Getting to know MazGamingUK - Jay had discovered a series of mods for the original PC releases of Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, and Resident Evil 3 - the so called Classic REbirth mod from Apple of Eden. These mods allows you to play the original PC release of Resident Evil (as in the 1996 game) on windows 10, with a number of bug fixes and quality improvements.

Squidge would definitely recommend them.

So that's all I've been doing: beating people up, and raging out on zombies
- Squidge

Jay's Recent Games

In his excitement to talk more about the Outbreak series, and to see what Evan would take with him to the Thunder Plains - see: below - Jay completely forgot to talk about what he'd been playing. But rest assured that he hadn't played a great deal.

The Thunder Plain Games

For those who are new to the pod, we have a section called "Thunder Plain Games" which might be vaguely reminiscent of a certain programme on BBC Radio 4 - but for copyright reasons, it is completely different.

Imagine that you are in Final Fantasy X, and the Thunder Plains) is a place that you get banished to. And what we're going to do is we're going to open a portal to the Thunder Plains and, very nicely and politely, boot you through it. You will get help, maybe it will be tomorrow, maybe it will be in a week, maybe it will be in an hour.

To stop you from getting bored, we've said that we'll keep the portal open and we'll throw through up to three video games and everything you need to play them - including an Internet connection. The only rules are that you can't ask for help, because help is on the way, and you can't tell anyone that you're in the Thunder Plains.

Full Show Notes

Make sure to check out the full show notes for more discussion on the points we raise, some extra meta-analysis, and some links to related things.

Have you played the Outbreak series of games? Are you a fan of survival horror games? What about rogue-likes? Will you be checking out the Outbreak games after this episode? Did you have a question we didn't cover?

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Outbreak: Endless Nightmares with Evan Wolbach

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