Zombies in Grand Theft Auto 5

Zombies are very popular in video games right now. In fact, they’re popular everywhere, to the point where some people feel the market is crowded with them and it’s time for a rest. At the same time, many fans would still like to see zombie DLC and modes incorporated into more of their favorite games, such as the way Call of Duty handles it. Lately, the name GTA V is the one that has come up in connection with potential zombie modes.


Grand Theft Auto has never involved zombies in any official capacity, although some fans made zombie mods for older GTA games. Since the number of GTA V mods should shoot up once the PC version comes out early next year, it’s likely similar mods will appear for it. But the rumors in the air point to some sort of official zombie content. A recent leak of potential DLC content, which originated with a fan who search the game’s files for new lines, included a mysterious bit of code called “main_ZMB.” ZMB? Zombies? That’s what many fans thought when they learned about it.

How could zombies be added to Grand Theft Auto V? How would it work? There are many possibilities, but here are five ideas for GTA 5 zombie modes.

1. Zombie Outbreak DLC

Single-player DLC is the first way zombies could be added. In a traditional zombie story—or perhaps something with its own odd twist to make it stand out from the crowd—a zombie virus would spread throughout the city. It would be different from usual GTA V missions, a spooky change of pace where players must stop the infection before it’s too late. This could also work as a cooperative GTA Online mission.

2. Survival Mode

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Modes such as this could be activated with a new GTA 5 cheat code, but they would work just as well as a separate mode added to the game. Whereas the first idea placed you at the start of the zombie outbreak, this would put you in the middle of it. Trapped in the zombie-filled streets of Los Santos, players would have to fight for survival. Maybe someone else is searching for the cure and you have to survive for a set amount of time, or maybe there is no hope and you just have to last as long as possible. Either way, survival is key.

3. Kill ‘Em All

This mode is similar to Survival, except instead of, well, surviving, the player must kill all the zombies to win—stop the infection by wiping it out. Zombie carnage and player power come together to let everyone fulfil their dreams of blasting away the undead in Los Santos.

4. Zombie versus Zombie

Who says you need humans to make a zombie mode fun? Not only would all the NPCs become zombies, but so would the player’s character. With everyone undead, the zombies would turn on each other, and it would become a fight to see who would get the most kills. In a variant, human survivors could be additional targets.

5. Infection Mode

Nothing groundbreaking here, just a standard zombie multiplayer mode that could be added to GTA Online. At the start of the round, half of the players are humans and half are zombies. If a zombie kills a human, the human joins the zombie team. For the human team to win, at least one player must remain uninfected at the end of the match, while the zombie team must convert everyone. GTA V’s gameplay could add a new twist to Infection Mode.

There you have it, five ways zombies could be added to GTA V. Perhaps it will be a Halloween surprise.


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  1. What I want is for them to come out with a new category of GTA Online altogether. It's called zombies, but there's closed friend sessions, pub lobbies, whatever else. It'll be like regular online, but it's always foggy, there hordes and stragglers of zombies, there's abandoned cars, no pedestrians or cops, and weapons/armor.

  2. And for all ya people that don't believe it ya can all go see for your self and beat the whole Gta 5 game on Xbox 360

  3. I think they should make a zombie cheat for gta 5 or mode. But if its too late hopefully they can make it for Gta 6 in the future if there is. it would bring Gta to a whole diffrent level of gaming. it would be like the game Division coming out 2016 but a zombie outbreak. Good job rockstar! love gta 5 so far.

  4. Why does everybody say zombie virus? A virus is probably one of the least likely things to make any sort of realistic zombie in my opinion mostly because of physics and how the human body works. I think in the statistically small chance that a real zombie ever exists it will more likely be some kind of fungi/parasite symbiosis with perhaps some kind of virus or bacteria involved to slow rotting. The fungi would transport the nutrients to the muscles and such (thus shooting them anywhere but the head would not kill them because they no longer need those organs) and the parasite would chew on the brain making the person become violent and zombie like (see nodding disease, dubbed the zombie disease by the news. It does not make them violent but it does make them act similar to zombies). A simple virus on the other hand would have to have a shiz ton of DNA loaded onto it to modify the human body to not need the organs and such, where a fungus would need some relatively minor changes and to develop a symbiotic relationship with another disease.

    As for zombies in GTA I would like to see something like the zombie mod for GTA IV with the spreading infection and making allies with survivors as well as the hostile military and quarantine zone style setup.

  5. complete all surbmarine toxic waste collectables, unlocks a truck for toxic waste delivery for "proper" dispossal, but merryweather, the lost, mr cheng team up and attack the delivery, causing spill near a grave yard, and taadaa, gta5 raise of the dead, so the whole map gets infected, unlocking a cleanup mission. when this saga is complete, from time to time, any animal will eat an infected undead and spread it around, the undead will raise again 7 days later, if you did not stop said infected, 7 days ago, this goes for single player and online. but the online will have lobby selection of game modes or something i leave it to rockstar.
    what do you think?

  6. All of you are so dumb. ZMB could mean zancudo military base not whatever it means and you can't get zombies on GTA story mode or GTA online. It may come out but only for the PS4 or Xbox one so stop being dumb and f******* learn. sorry for swearing but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  7. Why not put all 5 lol I thank it should be a group of 16 servicers to start a e ho long that can last and if 1 of the servicers get bet then that they turn

  8. Quick note ...couldn't the ZMB just be referring to Zancudo Military Base and have nothing to do with zombies? Lol

  9. oh hell if they do zombies. they should get the guys from DayZ to give them pointers i could just amazine a big city like Dayz that would be awsome

    1. NONONONO We don't want special zombies that walk through walls, Rockstar did PERFECT with the zombies from Undead Nightmare from RDR, they have all the necessary skills needed to do just fine on their own.

  10. Dude, how come you didn't mention there was a zombie DLC for Red Dead Redemption? And just like GTA V, Red Dead Redemption is made by Rockstar. I think that alone will tell the chances for a zombie DLC on GTA V are huge! Hello?!?!

      1. what...? theres no actual zombies on GTA V.... these are just ideas on HOW they could be implemented.

      2. Exactly ..and what everyone in the comments and article here failed to see is that in the 1st next gen GTA v trailer there IS a zombie at 28seconds into the trailer.. ;). Zombies WILL come to GTA v.

      3. That's just a random event you come across in the single player where there is a guy dressed as a zombie on the "Hollywood Blvd" street.

      4. That's just a random event you come across in the single player where
        there is a guy dressed as a zombie on the "Hollywood Blvd" street.

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