Lily’s cracked a cold one for us; Undead Lab’s zombie-survival State of Decay 2 is set to release for both the Xbox One and PC on May 22. According to IGN, Microsoft GM of Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg said that their goal is to build a strong relationship with the community through immersion in what he calls “the ultimate zombie survival fantasy.” After being revealed at E3 2016, the sequel promises four-player cooperative multiplayer via cross-platform, all while running on Unreal Engine 4, in an effort to give players a new immersive experience.
An ultimate edition was also unveiled, including both an early access on May 18 and a free Xbox One copy of the remastered version of the original, State of Decay Year One Survival Edition. The standard version of the game will set you back $29.99 while Ultimate Edition is priced at $49.99.
For those unfamiliar with the original game, State of Decay was originally released for the Xbox 360 on June 5, 2013 with a remastered version releasing on April 28, 2015. This third-person ARPG has the player scour its sizeable and detailed map, filled with outposts to defend, a plethora of stores and houses to scavenge, and of course, zombies to kill. While the combat can be rather simple, the unique aspect about State of Decay is its focus on simulation. Building materials, medicine, and food slowly dwindle as days progress, adding incentive to scavenge local houses and rundown stores. Choosing to quickly rummage through a location creates noise, increasing the chance of watching your favorite survivor devolve into zombie food. Survivors in your camp can then become discouraged and possibly even wander off, leaving you to decide to either save them or wallow in their despair.
Along with permadeath, playable characters can also become tired or injured, meaning you have to switch to other recruited characters that may not be as well equipped or have the right abilities. Such traits include various backstories, jobs, hobbies, personalities, and talents. Around 150 different characters can be helped, traded with, or recruited into your band of survivors, each with their own sets of strengths and weaknesses. These characters can be outfitted with a multitude of melee weapons and firearms, as well as usable items like painkillers and molotov cocktails.
With the addition of multiplayer co-op and many more upcoming features, State of Decay 2 should pique the interest of any zombie-survival fan. To find out more information about the game, check out the E3 unveiling video below.