Generation Zero is a first-person shooter video game developed and self-published by Avalanche Studios. Generation Zero is an open-world, co-operative, first-person shooter, survival game that can be played online with up to three other players or solo. 4 players total. The artistic style of the game has frequently been likened to the artwork of Simon Stålenhag. including by the artist himself. However, despite perceived similarities, Avalanche Studios has denied that the style of the game has been inspired or motivated by Stålenhag’s art and that the artist was not involved directly or indirectly in the making of the game.
The game is set in 1989, in a post-apocalyptic alternate-reality Sweden, which has become overrun by killer robot machines. The robots vary in size from small spotting drones, lightly armed scouting bots, all the way up to larger bots that loom over the houses. The player assumes the role of a Swedish teenager who, upon returning from an island excursion, finds that the local population has vanished as the result of the robotic invasion. The player must survive the Swedish wilderness while attempting to both determine the fate of those who used to live there as well as find a way to defeat the machines.
Where did the robots come from? What do they want? How can you survive? Generation Zero is a stealth-action hybrid with a rich and rewarding world to explore and mysteries to uncover. Play alone or with up to three friends in a vast open-world map that will challenge your resourcefulness and ingenuity. Because living is winning. Hide, seek, scavenge and shoot your way through a world of peril and secrets. From dense forests to derelict towns, from vast fields to makeshift bases, Östertörn is a location with a story to tell where no two encounters are the same.
Although the game was praised for some of its combat mechanics and for its art style and concept, it was criticized for being unpolished, for its story and for overly repetitive gameplay loops which were perceived as dull. As you journey through Östertörn you will connect with other survivors, each with their own unique story to tell. Generation Zero has received “generally unfavorable reviews” for the PlayStation 4 version of the game and “mixed or average reviews” for the Windows and Xbox One versions. A resistance will rise. The game was announced in June 2018 and released on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One on 26 March 2019.