March 26, 2012: Smash hit zombie chase game, 2.8 Hours Later, is continuing its reign of terror across the UK, bringing its zombie menace to Liverpool in May.
2.8 Hours Later will take place in Liverpool’s city centre on four consecutive nights from May 16, 2012. The hunt for zombie volunteers to do the chasing and scaring is now on.
The game, which is the brainchild of Bristol game designers, SlingShot, is touring across the country, starting out in Glasgow on Wednesday. It has already proved so popular in its first outing north of the border (tickets sold out within 18 hours), that a second staging of the game will take place the following weekend, on 5 – 7 th April. London, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton and Bristol are all being considered as further locations for this year.
2.8 Hours Later is a thrilling night time chase game. It is played across an inner city backdrop, and sees multiple secret locations transformed into zombie film sets and populated by a cast of survivors and zombies.
Players hit the streets in waves after dark to outwit and outrun the zombies as they hunt for clues to the whereabouts of Resistance HQ, the last safe place in the city. Using their mobiles, they are also able to call or text in to get game updates and safety information.
Since it was premiered in 2010, 2.8 Hours Later has been played by over six thousand players in Bristol, London and Leeds. Tickets sell out within days with over 17,000 fans following the game’s every move on Facebook, and putting in bids for their cities to host the adrenaline-fuelled zombie gore fest.
Liverpool was chosen as the next location, partly due to votes cast on the game’s website ( 2.8hourslater.com) and partly due to its layout and history. They city’s dense network of streets and Victorian heritage make Liverpool an ideal location for the game.
SlingShot Director, Simon Evans, said: “Liverpool is an incredibly evocative place. It’s a grand city and I think its Victorian heritage and old warehouses will be ideal for creating the kind of spine-tingling, scary atmosphere that we need for the game.
“I think the people of Liverpool will love the game, too. It’s a very social piece of entertainment, and it’s very humorous. It’s pop cultural, which should fit right in with the city that gave us The Beatles.”
The game has a cast of hundreds of zombie volunteers, who chase, groan and scare players along the route. Local zombie fans can sign up for zombie school, a one-stop shop for all things zombie. Volunteers practice their zombie moves, learn how to play safely and, if they graduate, are given the opportunity to help SlingShot transform Liverpool into the zombie apocalypse. Wannabe zombies can register for zombie school at: http://svy.mk/AFiRZx
2.8 Hours Later will be taking place in Liverpool from 16 th – 19 th May inclusive. Tickets for the first Glasgow game are now sold out, but tickets for the second game, 5 th – 7 th April, are now available.
Tickets cost £28 and are available from the website: http://2.8hourslater.com/
SlingShot is planning further dates and locations for 2012. Fans can catch up with the latest news on the 2.8 Hours Later facebook page, www.facebook.com/2.8HoursLater .