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Why zombie MMO Class3 is 360 exclusive

Why zombie MMO Class3 is 360 exclusive

Microsoft is "aggressive" about online.

Yesterday, World of Warcraft co-creator Jeff Strain took the lid off his new project, an ambitious "online world" zombie-survival game codenamed Class3 coming exclusively to Xbox Live Arcade.

Whether it succeeds or fails, it's an intriguing prospect and one that many PC and PlayStation 3 users might feel sore about missing out on.

So why did Strain's Undead Labs studio choose to team up with Microsoft Game Studios rather than go multiplatform?

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Zombie epic Class3 announced for XBLA

Zombie epic Class3 announced for XBLA

Undead Labs plans full "online world".

World of Warcraft co-creator and MMO veteran Jeff Strain has unveiled his ambitious new project: a zombie-survival game for Xbox Live Arcade that will start out as an open-world action title, but then later evolve into a massively multiplayer online game.

Codenamed Class3, it's being developed by Strain's Undead Labs studio with Microsoft Game Studios handling publishing duties.

The game sees you play as one of the few humans left standing after a zombie outbreak decimates the planet. In true undead apocalypse tradition, you'll need to band together with other survivors in an attempt to stay alive.

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Zombies are the new Nazis, says Strain

Enjoy your new "guilt-free meat-puppet".

Guild Wars creator and Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain has told Eurogamer that zombies are to videogames what Nazis, communists and terrorists once were: "a guilt-free meat-puppet" to blow chunks out of with wild abandon.

Undead Labs' zombie MMO announced

Undead Labs' zombie MMO announced

Guild Wars creator Jeff Strain the brain.

Jeff Strain, creator of Guild Wars and former Blizzard employee, has founded a new company called Undead Labs and begun work on a zombie MMO.

The game will be for consoles only, Strain told us in an interview published today - although whether that will be both PS3 and Xbox 360, or perhaps one and not the other, is unclear.

The idea of the game will be to work alongside fellow humans to rebuild towns and civilisation and protect them from the relentless zombie horde. Strain hinted that there may be times when players control zombies, but stopped short of an explanation.

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Undead Labs' Jeff Strain

On his new console-only zombie MMO.

The last time Jeff Strain founded a new company and made a new game the world ended up with ArenaNet and Guild Wars. But even before then Strain was a name to be reckoned with, having been a lead programmer on World of Warcraft and instrumental in StarCraft's and Diablo's development at Blizzard. He's what can be described as MMO royalty, and he has ripped off his NCsoft suit to reveal his spandex developer costume once more and flown off to found Undead Labs. Better still, he's decided to make a console MMO about zombies. Zombies.