While going down the fact sheet for Undead Labs' Microsoft-published XBLA title
, a certain something seems to be missing: Any mention of the "MMO" classification. Considering the gaming lineage of studio founder Jeff Strain, ArenaNet co-founder and former World of Warcraft
lead programmer -- not to mention Undead Labs' late 2009 mission statement
to create an "MMOZ" -- an absence of the genre's mention seems a bit odd. Strain recently explained to us the avoidance of the subject: Class3
will not play host to the "online world" features envisioned by the developer -- but Class4
"What we've decided to do is take that first step," Strain explained. "We're going place a marker along the path, and release this game we're calling Class3
, that has all of the fundamental points in terms of the way you interact with the world, the way your character progresses, the way you establish outposts, the way define your goals in the game, the way you fight zombies and the way they fight you -- the minute by minute core of the game will all be there in Class3
. The only thing it won't have is the massive player participation the sequel will have."