Nether, DayZ’s Unpopular Cousin, Out In Full On Steam

By   /   Jun 6, 2014

Open world survival game Nether has completed its run on Early Access and launched on Steam officially. As you may have guessed, the game also has a zombie theme and lots of firearms.

Nether is played in first person, across the apocalyptic stretches of Chicago, probably after Aiden from Watch Dogs has gone through hacking all the stoplights, causing chaos. Anyway, it’s possible to search a lot of the high-rise buildings over a map that has about 150 city blocks.

Its location is taken from developer Phosphor Games’ very own Chicago roots, which go all the way back to arcade studio Midway and the glory days of Mortal Kombat. As such, the company delves on a ton of experience.

That’s partially also why Nether looks a lot more nuanced than a lot of its survival peers with atmospheric lighting and details. A second part of that prowess is due to the company’s affiliation with the Unreal Engine, as they had a hand in perfecting the Unreal Engine 4.

Speaking of which, Phosphor previously tried to launch Project Awakened with the fourth development tool, but ultimately failed to see the supernatural game made, for now. Therefore, it’s great to see that they didn’t lay down arms and instead put them right into another huge project like Nether.

You can compare Nether to a more action-based and event-focused Day-Z. It has extensive crafting models, event missions, player combat and even the possibility to join a tribe that can claim a stake in the world.

It’s currently possible to play Nether in maps with up to 64 players and a lot of crawly enemies attached. Steam has three versions up to sale, starting at a price of €13.99 or $14.99.

We’ve heard a lot of good things about Nether, from watching people in our feed go nuts over it. We didn’t, however, have time to play it ourselves yet, so if you have comments, leave them below.