Previous Dead Rising installments required players to be present in certain places at certain times. These time-sensitive scenarios raised the difficulty bar but sometimes were deemed just plain annoying.
In the new Dead Rising 3 though, this system is not mandatory. Players have the option of turning them on through the Nightmare Mode.
Speaking with AusGamers, Dead Rising 3 producer Josh Bridge said, “We purposely built a non time-restrictive mode and a completely time-restrictive mode – both following the same storyline.
“So if you want to, it’ll completely hand your ass to you with Nightmare Mode where the time-limit is going to be pushing you along a schedule – you’re going to have to meet and finish the missions at a certain time or you’re going to miss them; you’re going to miss the optional content; you’re going to run out of time – a bomb is going to likely nuke the whole area.
“You can only save in Washrooms and it [just] keeps that classic pressure,” he went on. “But if you want to have the freedom to explore… we have a bigger world and there’s even more stuff to do in it than any other Dead Rising, and if you want that and to take it all at your own leisure, that’s there for you. You can even hop between both modes if you want – it all goes to the one profile and saves all your experience points.”
One great thing is that XP will be shared across both modes. So players can still level up one profile while switching between the two modes.