The price is nice. The zombies you’ll encounter? Not so much.
Microsoft has confirmed that State of Decay 2, the zombie-survival RPG from Undead Labs, will release on May 22 for the Xbox One family of consoles as well as Windows PC as a Play Anywhere title. It will also be available that day on Xbox Game Pass. Furthermore, Microsoft also confirmed a price point of $29.99 for the standard edition and $49.99 for the Ultimate Edition.
On the subject of the lower-than-expected price, Microsoft GM of Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg said, “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.”
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The aforementioned Ultimate Edition will include early access to State of Decay 2 on May 22 and a free Xbox One copy of State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition as well as the Independence Pack and Daybreak Pack DLCs, which will be released at a TBD date.
State of Decay 2 is the long-anticipated sequel to the surprise multi-million-selling zombie apocalypse sim that debuted on Xbox Live Arcade in June 2013. The sequel was unveiled at E3 2016 and runs on Unreal Engine 4, replacing the original game’s CryEngine. It promises four-player co-op multiplayer, which IGN will show off – along with much, much more – all month long. It’s all part of IGN First, our monthly editorial initiative where we dive deep into a game we’re excited about.
State of Decay 2’s original reveal trailer from E3 2016.
To get a look at what made the original State of Decay great, check out our review of the Xbox 360 version as well as the Year One Survival Edition released for Xbox One in 2015. State of Decay 2 will also be playable on the show floor at PAX East later this month in Boston. You can pre-order the standard edition on Amazon or the Microsoft Store, and the Ultimate Edition on the Microsoft Store.
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