Contagion isn’t your average Zombie Shooter but instead takes a more realistic and different approach to the popular genre with unique characters, environments, weapons, items, and a built in system that makes every round completely unpredictable with resources, objectives, and paths ever changing.
Contagion is a multiplayer focused game with 3 different game modes; Hunted, Escape, and Extraction.
Hunted, which supports up to 16 players, is a free-for-all “deathmatch” game mode in which players fight each other, while A.I.-controlled zombies wander the level and serve as an environmental hazard. When a player is killed, they respawn as a zombie and can participate alongside the A.I.-controlled zombies in attacking the surviving players. The goal of the game is to be the last living player.
Escape is a cooperative game mode in which a team of up to 8 players is tasked with progressing through a level, fighting through zombies while completing various mission objectives in a linear order with the ultimate goal of escaping the map. Extraction is another cooperative game mode in which the goal is to explore an area and rescue a number of A.I.-controlled non-player character survivors. In both game modes, when a player is killed they respawn as a zombie and are tasked with helping the A.I.-controlled zombies hunt down the remaining human players. Player-controlled zombies are faster and more maneuverable than A.I.-controlled zombie enemies and therefore present a greater threat to human players. Both Escape and Extraction can be played off-line by a single player, although they are geared towards multi-player gameplay.
Contagion is distinguished from other similar games in the genre in that it features “slow” zombies akin to those seen in the Night of the Living Dead series of films by director George Romero. Resources such as weapons and ammunition are scarce, encouraging more precise and methodical gameplay. Unlike other games in the genre, Contagion does not feature zombies with special abilities, with the exception of a rare riot cop zombie wearing body armor that can survive significantly more damage than a regular zombie.