Aspyr Media Inc. has announced the release of Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse. It’s Aspyr’s first originally-published A-list game, and it’s available for Mac OS X, Windows and Xbox. Aspyr expects the Mac version of the game to hit retail stores in time for “Black Friday.”
A third-person action game that uses an updated version of the Halo engine, Stubbs the Zombie was developed by Wideload Games, a Chicago-based game developer founded by Bungie Studios co-founder Alexander Seropian.
The game tells the story of Stubbs, a traveling salesman who met an ignominious end during the Great Depression, only to be resurrected as a shambling zombie in the mythical town of Punchbowl, Penn., circa 1959.
Punchbowl is one entrepreneur’s vision of the future — a crime-free city populated by helpful robots and flying cars, and citizens with no tolerance for rotting, animated corpses in their midst. Stubbs can use his own powers to eat the brains of his victims, reanimate them as zombies, and can use his body as a weapon, tearing off his own arm to possess his enemies, yanking forth putrid “gut grenades,” using unholy flatulence, and even using his own head as a bowling ball of sorts.
The game is rife with tongue-in-cheek humor, the strong storyline you’d expect from Bungie alums, and a 13-song soundtrack, mainly comprising covers of 1950’s pop songs rendered by popular indie bands of today like Death Cab for Cutie, Cake and others.
Rated M for Mature by the ESRB, Stubbs the Zombie costs US$39.99. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later, G4/1.2GHz or faster, 256MB RAM, 4.0GB hard disk space, ATI Radeon 9500 or Nvidia GeForce FX5200 or better 3D graphics with at least 64MB VRAM and DVD drive.