Update March 6, 2018: Microsoft have confirmed a May 22 release date for State of Decay 2, along with a less-than-full retail price of $30.
Microsoft-published zombie survival sequel State of Decay 2 will be out on May 22 across both Xbox One and PC. One purchase will get you access to both versions on console on the Windows store. The game will be $29.99 for the standard edition, or $49.99 for an Ultimate Edition including additional DLC and the first game on Xbox One.
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Regarding the relatively low price tag, Microsoft games marketing GM Aaron Greenberg tells IGN that “Our goal is to build a long-term relationship with the State of Decay community and to foster deeper experiences with the franchise. We believe State of Decay 2 accomplishes this goal by immersing fans in the ultimate zombie survival fantasy, and we want to give more players the opportunity to join in and experience this unique game.”
IGN also has a bit of new gameplay footage which you can see above, and will have more footage and details about the game throughout the month, starting with a full gameplay reveal tomorrow.
On PC, State of Decay 2 has only been confirmed for the Windows store, but the official FAQ says “we’ll have more to share in the future” regarding a Steam release.
Original story June 11, 2017: Exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox One, State of Decay 2 is coming out spring 2018. It features more of the same style – exploring small towns of America and surviving in a post-zombie world, but with everything just a bit grander, larger, and better.
More of the social aspects of surviving as a community, of growing together and building up a society, are the focus, with what seems like stories where you’ll get to choose who to help save, and who to leave for dead.
For those of you who didn’t give the first State of Decay a shot, it’s all about system-driven survival and was somewhat of a diamond in the rough. With State of Decay 2 coming soon, it should take on all of those aspects that made the original great, and make it much better.
For example, there’s now working physics, a robust combat system featuring cinematic melee kills, and a large, complex open world. Everything that held State of Decay back is being advertised as being fixed, so hopefully it really is quite as good as that.
You can also get torn in half by a massive zombie while your friends cry out. So that’s going to be a barrel of laughs to watch.