Should there ever be a zombie apocalypse a-la-Walking Dead, rest assured that Amazon has you covered.
As the Guardian points out, the online retailer has updated its terms and conditions to include the possibility of a zombie apocalypse.
The new terms prohibit the use of its Lumberyard Materials games development tool in the operation of vehicles, aircrafts or weapons - should flesh-eating beasts roam the earth.
Clause 57:10 of the 26,000 word document states:
However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centres for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organised civilisation.”
The remainder of the document confirms that development tools are only to be used on Amazon’s servers, so if they go offline, no amount of gameplay can save you.
This isn’t the first time a zombie apocalypse was considered in serious terms, of course.
In 2012, a Freedom of Information request revealed that not only is Britain prepared in the event of a pandemic of flesh-eating proportions, but the Ministry of Defence has even stated that while they would provide military assistance, the Cabinet Office will be in charge of rebuilding the country.