When first creating a new game in Dead Upon Us, you will start by creating your own character. When the game begins, you will start in a random position with a few other survivors that are apart of your 'Group'. Beginning at level 1 you will be able to gain experience through combat and quests. With a vast skill tree and leveling system, you will be able to customize your character to your own play style. Looting, fighting and surviving is your main goal in this game mode.
At anytime when you start playing, you will be able to switch to the 'Strategy' mode at the press of a button. In this mode, you are able to build structures, defenses, command your survivors to do various jobs, and much more. Using your people wisely, Dead Upon Us gives you the ability to construct a city, govern it, and protect it from the dangers of this new world.