With just over a month to go until the game’s ready drop, Undead Labs has released gameplay footage taken from State of Decay 2’s latest build. The open-world zombie-theme survival zombie game features plenty of marked improvements over the original, while still maintaining the base building and community elements that helped it stand out from the crowds of like-minded zed-slashers.
The first and most obvious improvement is the visuals. Even the upgraded Year One edition of the original State of Decay was, in the most optimistic light, pretty ugly. State of Decay 2 isn’t going to win any awards for its visuals, but there’s a far greater clarity to proceedings along with some neat quality of life changes. I particularly like now being able to visually identify which supplies you’re carrying based on your backpack, as well as the ability to promote different leaders at bases in order to benefit from their unique perks.
Towards the end, there’s a decent look at the vehicles. The car handling was easily one of the weakest aspects of the original State of Decay. They all handled like floaty tin cans and felt as if they had no weight or heft to them. Looking at this footage, State of Decay 2’s vehicles definitely appear to handle better, although we won’t know for sure until we get our hands on it.
Quite easily the best thing about State of Decay 2 though is the inclusion of co-op for the first time. The original felt as if it was made for a co-op but Undead Labs had perhaps struggled to crowbar it in. This time, up to four players can explore the post-apocalyptic landscape together, which theoretically sounds awesome. The more of you there are though, the more noise you’re inevitably going to make, attracting the attention of larger zombie hordes.
State of Decay 2 comes to PC and Xbox One on May 22nd, although it’s a first-party title so it’ll be exclusive to the Windows Store. It’s a budget price $30 release but the cheapest way to play it would be to sign up for a month of Xbox Game Pass for $10. The pass also works for PC players, although there is a significantly smaller library of games to play.