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State of Decay now available for Early Access


Rejoyce, another fine addition to the ‘zombie smasher’ inventory has made itself available for the PC master race. This time it’s State of Decay, the rather spiffy (and record-selling) game that debuted on Xbox 360. It’s now available for the very interested gamer trough Steam Early Access, despite being a little like the zombies it features: not quite all there. 

£14.99 will bag you the DayZ/Left 4 Dead/Dead Rising mash-up, which is currently in mid-production for PC. As a result, the game is missing quite a few features and may be a little shonky for now. The game is unplayable without a gamepad; there’s no mouse and keyboard support yet. The game may also crash and die from time to time, regardless of if it’s shot in the head or not.

“This process is not for everyone,” developer Undead Labs explains. “Casual players, the easily frustrated, and the short of time should not get the Early Access version. Hey, I am all three of those things, y’all. Those are not criticisms. It’s just that we want everyone to have the experience that best suits their needs.”

For those willing to forgive the problems that playing an unfinished game entails, you’ll be able to explore a zombie infested open world in which you can build shelter, hunt out supplies, and mow down shufflers in a pick-up truck should you so wish. It rightly gained critical acclaim on the Xbox despite a few technical niggles, and we’re really pleased to see it finally hitting the PC.

If you do decide to take the plunge, your Early Access version will be upgraded to the full version later in the year when the game exits beta. Your progress will be saved, too, so you won’t have to restart upon full release, which is pretty nice. It’s probably the nicest thing that will happen in State of Decay though; it’s a pretty grim world out there.

Thanks, Joystq.