When first deploying to “Forsaken,” you’ll begin in the Staging Area outside the facility. A raging storm and an undead horde greet our Requiem agents, but there is hope. For starters, the power to the facility is already on. That means Perk Machines and Arsenals are active right away.
The bad news: there’s a security lockdown in effect, preventing certain doors and devices from operating. Get ready to go to work if you want to get any further.
The Staging Area is a small, fenced in enclosure housing vehicles, supplies, and a teleporter. We’ll get to that soon. You also have access to the Death Perception Perk Machine, two Pistol Wall Buys, an Arsenal, and a Crafting Table. If you’re looking for an extra challenge, activate the Rampage Inducer to instantly speed up zombie spawn rates and movement speeds. Finally, Ammo Caches are spread liberally throughout all the environments.
To enter the facility, you need to access the teleporter, but first you must activate the initiation sequence. Survive the inevitable attack as the system comes online, and then teleport away.
Before you head into the facility proper, you’ll have to get through the Checkpoint. Though the zone is fairly contained, you’ve got a bit more room to maneuver here, with staircases on either side leading up to a central rappel point. This is a great means for getting above the horde, and there are several drops if you need to get back down fast.
Consider spending some time here to boost your Essence and power up before moving on. Take a swig of Jugger-Nog and, for a powerful Secondary Weapon, pick up the nearby pump-action Shotgun Wall Buy. If you get trapped, you can always jump back through the portal to the Staging Area or head up the stairs and rappel down to Main Street.
From the Checkpoint, you’ll gain a new objective: Get to the Observation Tower. That journey begins in earnest when you enter Main Street. Fight the undead in and around mock buildings for businesses like Beach Pizza, Radio House, and Surf Shack. Along Main Street, you’ll find the Tombstone Soda Perk Machine, an SMG Wall Buy, an Arsenal, and a Crafting Table.
There are two routes here leading up to the next teleporter. Open the right-hand door from the rappel point to access Storage Zone 5, as well as the Quick Revive Perk Machine and a Tactical Rifle Wall Buy.
Head to the left entrance by Beach Pizza to access Storage Zone 10, featuring the Stamin-Up Perk Machine and a powerful semi-auto Shotgun Wall Buy. Whichever direction you take leads up to the rooftops and the next teleporter. Open the necessary access points and move on to the center of the map: Anytown.