I understand the community is avoiding the Z-word like we’re in a Romero movie. Who can blame you? The media is over saturated with zombies these days! And we have a Ghost, Skeleton, Mummy and an Upcoming Vampire. Seems like the cast could wind up over saturated with the undead! But… We’d be stupid to think it isn’t a viable trope today, what with The Walking Dead and World War Z and so on. We shouldn’t avoid the subject, we should consider ways to make it work in case a zombie character is already locked in. So here are my suggestions:
- Base it on the Trioxine zombie. (Return of the Living Dead. Tarman and Trash are great examples)
- It walks, but has a sprint meter that grows as it consumes, allowing it to run.
- It doesn’t have a specific look, its primary would be the “signature” zombie but zombies are really diverse, so one could be horribly decomposed while another may look relatively fresh. One could be bloated, another could have an emptied torso area with bits hanging out. One could be a firefighter, another a clown. One male, one female. This would allow for some seriously fun customization, and being zombies it would make sense.
- Give it a few different vocal options. One moans, another screams, another says “BRAIIINS!!!” All cheesy like.
Normally I’d say no to a zombie, but this being Killer Instinct, And having such a great customization system, I think if approached in this way it could work.