McGee followed up with Kickstarter backers to clarify the stance on the OZombie name in response to comments he has been seeing on the likes of Eurogamer and Kotaku, he opened up the comments to allow suggestions for other names or confirmation from backers that the name should remain as OZombie.
There’s been a fair amount of commentary on the idea of “zombies” in OZombie. The title is pretty in-your-face about the whole “zombie” thing, but as I’ve detailed on the Kickstarter page, in recent updates and in interviews, these are not your typical, shamble of the mill, brain-eating zombies. In this instance we’re applying one of the alternate definitions of the word:
zom•bie [zom-bee] noun
1. the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
2. a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; an automaton.
3. a tall drink made typically with several kinds of rum, citrus juice, and often apricot liqueur.
4. Canadian Slang. an army conscript assigned to home defense during World War II.
Yes, that’s right. OZombie actually casts Dorothy as an army conscript assigned to Canadian home defense during WWII. You got me. This is the game I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make. She’s drank too many zombies and lost her marbles – resulting in a psychedelic journey to an imagined world of Oz. We were going to call it “OZ-CanadianArmyConscript,” but it just didn’t have the right ring.
The unique mind of American McGee has re-emerged on Kickstarter in the form of a pitch for a game called OZombie which is a twisted version of Oz and has a goal of $950,000.
In the FAQ’s on the Kickstarter page more details open up explaining that the game will be utilising Unity3D and initial platforms will be PC (Windows), Mac, Linux and large screen mobile devices (tablets and large format phones) and consoles a possibility later.
Pledge over $55 and the content that follows the main game release will also be included, pledge under than and you can expect to purchase expansion packs for an additional fee when they come out.
The game is currently scheduled for March 2015 so prepare to wait for the final game to be released which you can secure a copy of for as little as $15.