How Zombie Abraham Lincoln Got Into A Square Enix Game

By Spencer . March 28, 2014 . 5:30pm


Square Enix has been experimenting with new gameplay ideas like Demons’ Score, a music game developed with Elite Beat Agents makers iNiS, and Guns’N’Souls, which has elements from Temple Run and a run and gun game. Deadman’s Cross is another one of Square Enix’s experimental titles that blends a collectable card game, a staple genre from Japanese mobile games, with a zombie shooter.


Compared to Guardian Cross, Deadman’s Cross seems like it was made for the West. Can you tell us how you came up with the idea and why did you want to create a zombie game?


Shinichi Tatsuke, Producer: Because we were able to create such an original system with Guardian Cross, we wanted to try to evolve it further using an entirely different game world. At the time, I had been playing Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare and it hit me that zombies may just be the way to go. In a zombie-plagued world, I felt that not only would the hunt system fit perfectly, but it would have a better chance of appealing the Western market, where zombies are pretty much an established entertainment norm.




Zombies are in the zeitgeist in the West. How are they viewed in Japan?


Zombies are a fairly intense hit-or-miss topic when it comes to the Japanese mindset. When I first came up with the idea for Deadman’s Cross, I was often met with the reaction of “Yeah, but why would I want zombie cards anyway.” That being said, Japan is where Resident Evil comes from, after all, so the people who like zombies happen to like them a lot. Not to mention, The Walking Dead has been gaining a generous amount of popularity here recently as well.


Deadman’s Cross has Zombie Abraham Lincoln as a card. That was a rather interesting addition. Why did you make Abe Lincoln one of the characters? What other zombie characters will we see in the future and what zombie characters didn’t make it into Deadman’s Cross?


We tried to pick characters that have a good chance of showing up in any history class around the world. After that, we tried to determine which ones would have easily noticeable features after being turned into a zombie. In reality, we wanted to take things a bit racier, such as turning the current president into a zombie; but we didn’t really feel like dealing with the claims that would surely come, so we reluctantly managed to hold ourselves back in that area.




This question is for Hiroyuki Ito. You created the ATB battle system, the backbone for combat in Final Fantasy IV and up, and Final Fantasy XII’s gambit system. How did you create the combat system for Deadman’s Cross? Why did you add FPS mechanics to the Cross series?

Hiroyuki Ito, Battle Designer: Because mobile games lack the use of a controller, movement and commands can be difficult at times. To the end, I tried to design a system where you don’t have to fidget much with controls during battle. In exchange for this, the strategic preparation one must go through prior to battle is greatly increased, and therein lies the true enjoyment of this system.

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  • Chaos_Knight

    It must be tough for Abe to be president. He slayed vampires and now he turns into a zombie.

    • Alt-Encephalon

      on the plus side his blood is now congealed to the point he no longer needs to worry about being bitten.

  • Glaesum

    It sounds as though his English vocabulary is a bit off if he is using “racier” as a term for “an ethnicity other than Caucasian” but that depends on the reader.

    • DeadLineDance

      racy [rey-see] adjective, rac·i·er, rac·i·est.

      1. slightly improper or indelicate; suggestive; risqué.

  • Mnstrzero00

    But alas Obama zombie was not fit for this world. He will live on in our hearts and minds, alongside sexy zombie Michelle Obama.

    • Alt-Encephalon

      meanwhile ninja zombie Bill Clinton continues to be a complete badass.

  • Just Tim

    Even though I’m not even necro for zombies in real life, I find it ironic how Square Enix is cashing into America’s obsession with zombies in Japan but not Capcom with a business-sensible Marvel Zombies DLC for Halloween.

  • Xerain

    Yea, but why woudl I want zombie cards anyway? Let alone non existent zombie cards I can’t actually hold. I kinda takes the magic out of it when you can no longer pretend you have the soul of this actual creature trapped inside this actual piece of paper.

  • DeadLineDance

    When he says “The Walking Dead” is popular in Japan, I wonder if he meant the video game or the TV show (or both).

    • God

      Maybe he meant the comic, you know, the one from where the other 2 come from…

      • DeadLineDance

        Sorry, God, you know that I hate zombies and only clicked on this because I’m a history major. It’s the way you made me, can’t help myself.

        • God

          Don’t blame this on me you bastard! I created humanity, and gave it free will, i didn’t create YOU, nor your personality.

    • Andrew Vrba

      Well in Japan, the show is re-cut, so it appears that Daryl is Tsundere for Rick.

  • k.b.a.

    sick of cards and zombies from every angle but yknow good on thosewho love them

  • God

    All i see when i look at that blonde girl is Paz.

    • Brandonmkii

      Surprise, it’s not a girl.

      • God


        • Brandonmkii

          Yeah, that’s Oliver. He’s a street kid that helps you out at the beginning

          • God

            My penis is confused… (not really but it needed to be said.)

          • Ash_Riot

            God’s penis is confused? Didn’t you create everything?

          • God

            Does your father decide when you get a boner?

  • Andrew Vrba

    A better question would have been “This game is a jack of all trades, but a master of none. Why couldn’t you have chosen ONE genre for this game and just STUCK with it?”

  • Ash_Riot

    Should have asked “Mr. Ito, are you stuck on mobile phone game duty forever now? And whatever happened to Active Dimension Battle System?”

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