We started working on Seneca, our Alpha map back in July (2017) and it’s gone through a number of iterations. First of all, in its present state, the map is rather large. The size may end up being a hindrance, however we feel as if we can always scale it down, if need be, scaling up would be somewhat problematic, so we’re going to have to do some testing to find the right balance.
Seneca has a number of POIs (Points of Interest) which can be categorized as either Primary POIs or Secondary POIs. Primary POIs are the Gun Store, the Hardware Store and the Doctor’s Office. You can scavenge for supplies in these POIs, and find weapons & ammo, building supplies or medical supplies, respectively.
Having adequate supplies as a Survivor is essential in order to be properly prepared.
The Secondary POIs are currently the Police Station, the Church, the Damn Control Tower and the Hospital (which doubles as the Gamma Prime spawn point). Additional Secondary POIs in discussion are a radio station, a movie theater.
These locations each offer unique gameplay mechanics. For example, the Police Station has a CCTV Control Room. If and when the Survivors get enough electronic parts, they can use them to put the CCTV system online and then they are able to get a complete overview of the map, giving them a great tactical advantage.
The Church is an easily fortifiable location, and gives the Survivors a major height advantage. Additionally, the church bell can be rung, and all zombie AI in the immediate vicinity are drawn towards the church, which is great for distractions.
The Damn Control Tower has one of the three available long range radios, which the Survivors can use to call in an extraction.
The Hospital, (which we previously mentioned) is also the initial Gamma Prime spawn point) is also an interesting POI for two reasons. Firstly, Survivors can obtain experimental vaccines from the lab in the basement. This vaccine is a “one shot- one kill” when utilized against the Gamma Prime. In addition, when the Gamma Prime respawn, they lose 20% of their stats (for the match). Secondly, there is a quarantine lock down mechanism. When the Survivors utilize the electric parts, and activate the lock down feature, then they have 1 minute to leave the hospital until it is completely locked down. By doing this, the Gamma Prime lose their spawn point, and they get a new one which is further away.