I’m not really sure if Unturned really needs an explicit singleplayer story mode, in-game quests can easily fit that role like they already do in U3, so I would like to suggest a different approach.
or something like that.
A scenario would give you a goal that you must accomplish in a confined space, after you finish it would tally up how quickly you finished it, how many zombies you killed, etc. and it would score you based on that. Speedrunning could become a thing in Unturned, I think that’s hella cool, right?
Now, let me give some examples to create a better idea of what I want.
- You must find a boat on an Island ridden with zombies, repair it and escape.
This isn’t something that I’d like to finish in 10-20 minutes, a scenario should take several in-game days for the player to complete. You would get a pretty big island to find the boat (around 2km²), you also have to find a way to repair the boat and get it into the water, only then you can escape. In the meantime, food and thirst are a concern, there’re going to be some cold-ass nights so you better find a place to stay, maybe an abandoned shopping mall or house? Maybe build your own shelter? Basically, the rest is up to the player.
- You find yourself in a small town with a 2 story hospital with a helipad surrounded by a dense forest filled with zombies. A radio tells you that there are rescue helicopters looking for flares in the sky for the next few days, and so you must find a flare gun and escape.
This would be a scenario where you have a hard time limit. You have to find supplies and prepare yourself to shoot the flare into the sky, which will attract a massive horde of zombies from the surrounding forest. You must push back the horde for some 10-20 minutes until the helicopter arrives. For the player to understand how much he will need to prepare, maybe allow the player to talk with the man on the radio, that will give him all the intel he needs.
For most of these, using areas from existing maps should work, but some are better of with custom maps that you could then give to modders and server owners to do whatever they want!