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Apocalypse Rising 4.0: ZolarKeth Explains Upcoming Changes

If you’re a gamer on ROBLOX, chances are you’ve heard of a little title called Apocalypse Rising. It’s been played nearly four million times and is one of the top games on ROBLOX, and for good reason. Emulating a formula created by the ever-popular ArmA mod Day Z, Apocalypse Rising throws you into a desolate world filled with zombies. Supplies and ammo are extremely limited, and the only chance you have against the undead is to band together and fight them off. We spoke previously with co-creator Gusmanak about what it took to create a game of such huge scale. Recently, we caught up with scripter/coder ZolarKeth about some of the exciting changes for the near-future.

The Map and Inventory System

Users ZolarKeth and Gusmanak have created one of the largest maps ever in ROBLOX–it’s made of 22,000 parts and is 8,000 x 8,000 studs. At standard walking speed, it takes more than eight minutes to walk across the entire thing, and they’re planning to make it even bigger.

“We had originally had a larger map, but we had to take a portion of it out because some people couldn’t run a map that big. We’re adding that portion back in,” says ZolarKeth. “We’re also going to be adding new scenery and points of cover to get behind, as well as more detailed trees and buildings.”

A larger map means a larger player count. ZolarKeth is also in the process of re-coding the inventory system–larger, more intense weapons will take up more space, forcing users to choose which items they carry carefully. The re-engineered inventory system will play a more pivotal role in the game than ever before, mostly because of the introduction of…


That’s right, Apocalypse Rising is going to feature modes of transport. That’s not to say that the game is going to become Grand Theft Auto: Zombie Edition–to the contrary. Using a vehicle in Apocalypse Rising will force cooperation and communication between players. ZolarKeth explains the addition:

“The biggest part of our new update will be vehicles. We have this huge repair system planned for the modular system. We took a lot from Day Z. We’re designing the whole vehicle dynamic so that you have to work together with other people to keep a vehicle going. You’re going to need parts to repair it, and there won’t be enough spots in your inventory to keep all those parts and stay alive individually. So you’re going to have to work together if you want to maintain your vehicle.”

This is part of ZolarKeth’s plan to force in-game collaboration. Using a vehicle in Apocalypse Rising proves to be a bit of a double-edged sword–you’re safer inside a car, but you’re also a larger target that draws attention. Driving makes you and your crew louder and more noticeable. Zombies will chase you as you drive around the map, and ZolarKeth is in the process of leveraging our physics system to get the cars to realistically run over the undead. You’ll also be able to use vehicles for protection–though a large enough swarm of zombies will eventually overtake a stationary vehicle. You’ve got to keep moving.

“Gus and I are working on balancing everything out. We don’t want everyone to just be able to hop into a car and drive off. It’s going to take hard work to have a vehicle–you’ve got to earn it.”

You’ll need a constant source of fuel to keep your vehicle running. And if anything breaks, you’ll need the right tools to fix it. The more members in your party, the more likely you’ll have what you need to journey on.

A Different Type of Game

ZolarKeth and Gusmanak are making these changes to make Apocalypse Rising a more social experience. ZolarKeth indicated that many people who play the game choose to travel alone–which is a common attitude in Day Z as well. But the truest and easiest way to stay alive for longest is to band together with other users, and combine inventories and weapons. They’re hoping that the addition of vehicles does just that.

“We want to get people to look at the big picture here,” says ZolarKeth. “You have to interact with one another to stay alive. We’re really trying to encourage teamwork.”

There is no set deadline for the release of Apocalypse Rising 4.0–though ZolarKeth has indicated that they’re set on releasing their updated game sometime before Christmas. Stay tuned.

About Alan "JacksSmirkingRevenge" Fackler

Communications Specialist at ROBLOX. JacksSmirkingRevenge on ROBLOX; @JacksColdSweatX on Twitter.

270 thoughts on “Apocalypse Rising 4.0: ZolarKeth Explains Upcoming Changes

  1. Anonymous

    i wish there was a spawn warning within a fire-shot raidus. so that this way it prevents spawn killing.

  2. Jameskillrdead1

    This is a great game in all respects, i love the new inventory system because you can take more then 1 building material! that helps a lot towards making bases. I really think the creator should add cash or something to the game and more weapons to choose from.- Jameskillrdead1

  3. Joseph96gr

    this is the best game ever to show itself on the front page of the games, its been there almost every day. Apoc. Rising is an intence game, needless to say there are some heart pounding moments. Players are given the choice to kill or be killed by other players, which is where the bandit band comes into play. The bandits are tricky, kill ruthlessly and only team with people they trust (no one). I’ll admit, I’ve killed my fair share of bandits, becomeing one though them. But i dont kill anyone untill they attempt to kill me first.

  4. viceversa214

    Nice idea for a update, and for the car killing zombie thing, make the rims only affect the zombies and for them to make the zombie a ragdoll so the apply themselves have to kill them. Just an Idea of what to do. But serusley(probly speller that wrong :P) nice game

  5. starkkid1134

    I really love this game. I like it because you can get stuff like guns and ammos and food and more!

  6. keller11001

    Apocalypse Rising is the most well scripted game in all of Roblox i have never played a better game then Apocalypse Rising.


    I really love this game. It would be amazing if you had building stations and you had to build the car or something. But you should also add mountains and hills.

  8. wescuffrox

    I LOVE survival and war games… but Apocalypse Rising tops them all… I can’t wait for the new update!!! hopefully they add cars, NPC with things to buy, or quests to do, AND flashlights, with different sizes and battery sizes respectively

    1. MRawsomedude8

      I think it is a great idea. The real teamwork is negotiating the use for a vehicle-for example, Let’s say you find a single seat vehicle. YOU NEED TO NEGOTIATE! Or everybody in the group will be killed. For driving a vehicle, You need to look for the one who gave the most help and found the most parts to get the vehicle running.

  9. anonymos

    I think its a great idea! Also maybe add some mountains or do something with the vehicles like the motorcycle can go faster then a normal car but it has less protection. I love the game so far! :)

  10. blahblahblah

    i think vehicles will be great just i dont think the teamwork will work you might find a partner trust him for a while you help them with the vehicle and then they kill u thats what u need to upgrade is no teamkilling not trying to be a sissy or anything im just saying

    1. Pathwaysbball

      This game is full of everything. From the best scripts, to the best gameplay. I am a WarZ player, and even though it’s in Alpha, it’s very similar to this game on ROBLOX. All I can say is that I’m speechless to the fullest extent. The creators of this game really out did their selfs. Like a guest would say ” I give it a 10 out of 10! ” -Path

  11. asdan

    I think this will be awesome! I have experienced other big upgrades on other games, and my only advice is to be sure you know what you are doing- and I mean have experience, but don’t be blinded by excitement and determination. Keep going, and I hope you do well!

  12. kev20022

    Good updates, My computer can play this game with no lag but my friend he can’t even join the game because of lag so these updates might affect some people.

  13. Mudkipmaster59

    Wow. I really excited for new vehicles. But i do remember about sending them a Message with the exact same idea… Repairing vehicles and everything. I hope they make them good, or i want my idea back :P

  14. dallasmlepore02

    They need to make a lot less lag. ik 70% of people don’t play a game if its too laggy. I would love bigger maps, bigger equals more lag an lag equals less people favorite it an or play it.

  15. devin077

    Love the new inventory system.

    The only problem with the vehicle system is with the roblox community people are gonna get a team together make a vehicle, and then when the vehicle is finished some guy is gonna betray everyone else on the team. Its supposed to happen, but with the roblox community its gonna lead to alot of raging and random reporting.

  16. pengcheng1

    Sounds good but bigger maps? More detailed trees and terrain? More bricks? More lag. Seems awesome and not a problem if you have a really good gaming computer. Unfortunately not everyone does.

  17. Name Withheld

    only problem with cars then bandits could do drive by shootings………..actually that would be pretty cool.

  18. Ventivian

    Im so glad this game ive played since beta and i just love it its a #1 hit game on roblox probably 1 of the most advanced games on roblox now there adding a bigger map and vehicles! imma get my group to play this

  19. j997633

    I can’t wait til cars, but how fast will they actuly go? I hope it goes to about 40 walkspeed, it’ll help alot. Also, add more towns.

  20. AbieC

    Im liking it but the bad thing is i cant play apocalypse rising :( when i join,the game will say ive lost connection!

  21. anonymous5

    you should add it where you have cash from killing zombies and you can pay NPC’s they will fix your car or give you gas maybe even buy things from them for survival and also quests from people that need help

  22. B1ox5567

    Cant wait for vehicals!
    i met gus yesterday…….his name apeared in the leaderboard then disapeared,Someone said “I just saw the creaters name for a second” and then in the chat we saw: Gusmanak: “You better call me more than creater”.
    Wierd….and we didnt see anything else.

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