February 6, 2012: The zombies are coming – and Glasgow is first in line. Hot on the heels of Brad Pitt and World War Z, gaming company, SlingShot, is bringing its thrilling zombie chase game, 2.8 Hours Later, to Glasgow in March.
The company is to confirm nine new dates for its game in 2012, and will kick off its UK-wide tour in Scotland. The packed schedule will see SlingShot bringing its spine-tingling urban game to seven new towns and cities in 2012 plus stage repeat performances in London and in its home town of Bristol.
It marks a huge step up for 2.8 Hours Later, which was introduced as part of Bristol’s igfest* in 2010 and enjoyed by four thousand players across Bristol, Leeds and London last year. The game now has fans in all corners of the UK as well as in the USA and Europe and SlingShot is planning to tour the game far and wide.
2.8 Hours Later is an immersive game, where players lose themselves in the apocalyptic scenario of a city under siege from zombie attackers. Armed with no more than their wits and a map, players have to navigate their way across a city at dusk to find Resistance HQ, encountering groups of survivors and blood-thirsty zombies en route.
With a huge Facebook and Twitter following, 2.8 Hours Later is at the forefront of a burgeoning trend for such games, which started in America and has seen festivals spring up from Cardiff to Toronto. Since its first staging in Bristol in 2010, the game’s popularity has spread via social media and word of mouth, and players have actively petitioned its creators to bring the zombie menace to their home towns.
By running a poll on the 2.8 Hours Later website, SlingShot originally drew up a shortlist of 14 destinations for 2012, and is in the process of selecting final cities from this list. Like the actual game locations on the night, most of this year’s cities will remain a closely guarded secret until a few weeks before the game is due to take place.
Announcing Glasgow as the first destination, SlingShot Director, Simon Johnson, said: “We’re really looking forward to Glasgow. For a city of its size, it seems to have an extremely high number of zombie fans. It seemed like every other post on Facebook was someone crying out for us to take the game there! Glasgow also got a massive proportion of the votes in our poll – almost 6,000 in total. That and the enthusiastic reception we received when we visited shows how passionate Glaswegian zombie fans are. Games like this just wouldn’t exist without the audience. The more excited the audience, the more exciting the game will be, so the Glasgow game will be awesome.”
The company has also confirmed that, despite an enthusiastic campaign by Facebook fans, it is not able to visit Oxford or Edinburgh this year.
The Glasgow game will take place on four nights from Wednesday March 28 th until Saturday March 31 st. Tickets cost £28 each and are being released Monday 15 th Feb on the 2.8 Hours Later website, http://2.8hourslater.com/
SlingShot co-founders, Simon Johnson and Simon Evans are available for interview.
Please contact Emma Chappel on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07776 102 614.
Notes for editors
2.8 Hours Later is a twilight chase game devised by Bristol game creators, SlingShot.
SlingShot will be staging 2.8 Hours Later in Glasgow in March. Other dates and locations will be confirmed at the rate of one per week over the next eight weeks on the 2.8 Hours Later Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/2.8HoursLater
Other cities under consideration for 2012 are as follows:
Cardiff, Liverpool, Nottingham, Brighton, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield.
Keep an eye on the Facebook page for latest news and updates:
For further information and images, please download the press pack at: http://2.8hourslater.com/