If you haven’t heard of the indie game Aberford, you haven’t been paying attention. Recently, this smash-hit of a concept has been sweeping through Tumblr like a doo-wop doomsday. As someone who wasn’t ever all that much of a ’50s era fan? This game has me by the poodle skirt. Silly jokes aside, it’s billed as the answer to all our undead prayers: a zombie game with an all-women cast. It has yet to drop on Kickstarter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help to build the hype. What’s more, Aberford is set to offer both a main story and multiplayer mode for all the folks out there who enjoy co-op campaigns.
Sketchy Panda Games is new to the scene, but what the team lacks in previous titles they more than make up for in unbridled enthusiasm. Over the past few months, they’ve been answering nonstop questions via their Tumblr account, tackling everything from racial representation to gameplay mechanics on a daily basis. It’s truly refreshing to find a team so earnestly devoted to diversifying the playing field and taking fan suggestions into serious consideration—though the incredible game concept definitely helps their cause.
On behalf of Aberford, Adam Clark was generous enough to take some time out of his busy, zombie-infested day to answer some of my questions. We’re digging into what makes a ’50s style video game more diverse and inclusive than the vast majority of titles out there, and how other folks interested in diving into the development scene can join the fray. Are you ready for a little zombie hunting, ladies?