Leeds: Thrill of the chase as zombies take over the streets

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Summer in Leeds is looking dead good with legions of zombies ready to take over the city centre once again.

The terrifying urban chase game 2.8 Hours Later will return this July after proving a smash hit last year.

The thrilling interactive game sees teams plot their way across various locations around the city.

Armed with just a map and their wits, players are pursued all the while by an army of the undead as they try to find their way to a survivors’ camp.

Last year’s game saw a team of YEP reporters take on the challenge, which is put together by top game designers Slingshot.

Those who were caught were tagged and given a full zombie makeover at the end of the game.

And this year the organisers have promised even more scares, announcing a new format called Asylum – where it’s not just zombies that players have to fear.

The Government, bounty hunters and vigilantes will also be on the lookout for those who have been caught and ‘infected’, with players forced to decide whether to turn over their teammates or protect them.

Slingshot co-founder and director Simon Evans said: “We felt it was the right time to give the game an overhaul.

“On one level, we’ve had to introduce new safety features and so wanted to re-design the fear factor to counter that.

“But we also wanted to address the deeper economic and political crisis the country is facing. The zombie infection is the recession, and the culpability, corruption, greed and violence it engenders is the world we live in now.”

As well as new themes, those behind the game will also be deploying new bio-sensing technology, to measure the impact the game has on players and draw up ‘fear maps’ of the scariest locations that the teams take on.

Now in its fourth year, the game has been played by more than 20,000 people in cities across the UK since its launch in 2010,

Popular urban chase games started in America, with festivals since springing up in cities including Cardiff to Toronto.

The first 2.8 Hours Later started in Bristol and was such a hit that its popularity has spread via social media and word of mouth.

People living in cities around the country, including Leeds, have since petitioned its creators to bring the game to their home towns.

The 2.8 Hours Later Asylum game will take place in Leeds from July 4-6. Tickets cost £15- £30 each and are available, along with the full list of locations and dates, from the 2.8 Hours Later website, at www2.8hourslater.com.

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