State of Decay 2 – Overview
Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Format: Xbox One, PC (via Xbox Play Anywhere)
Genre: Action-adventure survival horror
Release date: 2018
State of Decay 2 – What is it?
State of Decay is an action-adventure survival horror and stealth series developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios.
The games emphasise survival via leadership skills in a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak, pitting players not just against the roving undead, but diminishing supplies, survivor morale and more.
The sequel to the smash hit Xbox 360 game is set in an open world environment and features cooperative gameplay with up to three other players.
Co-operative gameplay is expected to be a large part of the title’s appeal, and was the number one most requested feature from fans coming from the previous game in the series.
You’ll be able to play with other players online or tackle the game yourself in solo mode.
State of Decay 2 – Release Date
State of Decay 2 originally carried a release date of 2017, but that’s been pushed back. Microsoft hasn’t announced anything further about when specifically we can see the game in 2018, but it will release this year.
Microsoft announced at E3 2017 that the game will launch in 2018.
Additionally, the game will be available to play at no cost to Xbox Game Pass subscribers on the day of the game’s launch, as with all forthcoming Microsoft Studios titles.
State of Decay 2 – What to Expect
The main revision to the gameplay this time around will be the inclusion of multiplayer in the game.
Developer Undead Labs has revealed a little information about what players can expect from the game in this regard, explaining that the game will not feature a persistent online world, nor will it be an MMO.
In an interview with IGN, Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain explained that the team are keen to give fans “exactly what they want”.
“This is not a session-based experience. It’s drop-in/drop-out,” Strain explained. “The key thing that I want everybody to know is, it doesn’t require you to be online. We’ve designed it very much with the intention of it being the easiest, most convenient type of multiplayer you can imagine”
State of Decay 2 – Gameplay
“The next instalment in the critically acclaimed State of Decay franchise immerses you in an all-new, multiplayer zombie survival fantasy. Build a lasting community, working with other players or solo to overcome challenges while exploring your own unique story in a world that remembers the choices you make,” says Undead Labs of its next game.
Undead Labs has stated the game will launch with three maps, and as you battle for survival in the world, you’ll be able to move your resources from map to map – making it easier for you to prepare and defend against the undead threat.
“You should expect to see slightly different environments, definitely different landmarks and locations, different layouts lending themselves to different strategies, unique home sites, and even different mission types,” Undead said of its plans for including different biomes in the game.