Perth will be the first to turn when the zombie apocalypse hits

Posted: 22 May 2018 2:23 pm

Xbox Australia and Melbourne University's Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety have teamed up to tackle the eventual zombie apocalypse head-on.

Whether you've only dipped your toes in festy works of fiction like The Walking Dead or World War Z, you're a die-hard (like, really hard) fan of George Romero's back catalogue or you've simply braved your local Guzman y Gomez on free burrito day, there's a big chance you've had "the talk" with your friends and family: What would your group's survival plan be for the inevitable zombie apocalypse?

Well, to celebrate the fall of society and the launch of Xbox One/Windows 10 exclusive (you guessed it) survival-horror game State Of Decay 2, Xbox Australia has teamed up with the Centre of Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) to determine how each state in Australia and New Zealand would cope with a sudden outbreak.

To determine which states were the weakest links, the CDMPS created a "Zombie Survival Index (ZDI)" which was determined using a variety of criteria:

  • Potential rate of zombie infection.
  • Situational analysis of the infection's origin.
  • How the disease would spread.
  • How residents claim they would react.
  • How well each city would protect itself.
  • Geographical location.

My deepest apologies to our besties in the West but the results are in and according to the (cough) research, Perthians would be the first to go with nearly 100,000 people infected in the first four days.

On a slightly more pleasant note, our top end Darwinians would be the safest survivors in the nation as its isolated location and protective community would slow the spreading disease by at least half of Perth's record rate of infection.

With that information, you'd think Darwin survivors would be shutting the front gate. It's quite the opposite actually, with over 50% of residents willing to let a stranger into their home for protection.

Sydney folk are the cockiest (no surprises there) with over 40% thinking they have what it takes to survive. On the other hand, Adelaide residents are the most likely to shrug their shoulders and pour a glass of Penfolds as only 30% of residents of SA's capital believe they've got the grit to survive the outbreak.

Also, get this: One in five said they would attempt to dress and act like a zombie to avoid detection and 31% considered the hospital the safest place to take shelter. Are you kidding me? I want names so I can turn them away when the time comes. Must be from Perth.

State of Decay 2 is out from today on Xbox One and Windows 10. We've rounded up the best deals in Australia here, but to be honest, your best option is subscribing to Xbox Game Pass (which gives you access to over 100 games).

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