We're diving deep into Zach from Red Ops: The First Infection created by Vincere Studio. Sure, Zach might be an elite operative with killer skills, but he's not just a gun-toting hunk. He's got layers, okay? He's complex and has emotions, which is more than you can say for a lot of cookie-cutter action heroes.
Before anything else please check out the demo of Red Ops: The First Infection and watch this awesome trailer for the visual novel.
Red Ops: The First Infection Trailer
Depth Beyond the Biceps
Yeah, Zach's got the whole elite operative vibe going on, complete with moves that'd make James Bond jealous. But don't be fooled by the muscles and the 'I-can-kill-you-with-a-toothpick' glare. Underneath that chiseled exterior lies complex emotions and vulnerabilities. Trust me, he's anything but your run-of-the-mill action figure.
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Queer & Out
Having Zach as an openly queer character in a world-ending scenario? It’s needed. Plus, it's from a queer-owned indie studio, which adds a layer of authenticity to his character.
Love Amid Chaos
Finding love in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? That's probably tough. Zach manages to balance intimacy and saving the world like it's just another day at the office.
Survivalist with Style
Let's not overlook Zach's insane survival skills. The man could give Bear Grylls a run for his money. Between dodging zombies and diffusing tension, this guy adapts. And did I mention he does it all while making heart eyes at his love interests?
Pillow Talk, Baby!
Listen, I'm not saying that the erotic scenes make Zach, but they certainly add another layer to his character, showing his sensual side. And who can resist a man capable of handling both guns and love?
Being a protagonist in a game with multiple endings means Zach has a hell lotta choices to make. He's not just a one-route kinda guy, y'know?
The guy goes through so much, from existential crises to world-ending dilemmas. If that doesn't make for a compelling protagonist, I don't know what does. Plus it’s not cliché drama for Zach.
Zach breaks BL stereotypes by just being himself, and that's something to be appreciated.
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It's All in the Details
From the CGs to the script, the game invests in making Zach as real as possible. He's honestly like a living, breathing character you would want to make friends with.
A character isn't iconic until the fandom says so. And with the kind of depth and complexity Zach has? I can already hear the keyboards clacking away at fanfics.
Trust me, I’ve played a lot of BL/Yaoi/Bara games and I tend to look for stories and characters that are written to actually be original. And that’s Zach for you! Be sure to play the demo over on Itch.io and get hyped for the full game launch in 2024! Can't wait? Neither can we. So, head on over to the Kickstarter page for more deets.