Following its launch in 2013, there is a sequel to State of Decay. Thanks to E3 2016, here's everything to know about State of Decay 2 including release date, platforms, gameplay and watch the official trailer above. Read next: The most anticipated games of 2016.
"The next instalment in the critically acclaimed “State of Decay” franchise immerses you in an all-new, multiplayer zombie survival fantasy. Build a lasting community, working with other players or solo to overcome challenges while exploring your own unique story in a world that remembers the choices you make," said Undead Labs which is partnering with Microsoft Studios on the new game.
State of Decay 2 release date and platforms
It's early days for the new zombie game so all we know so far is that the State of Decay 2 release date is 2017. When a more specific date is announced we'll update this article to let you know.
We also know that State of Decay 2 will launch exclusively on Xbox One and Window 10. It's an Xbox Play Anywhere title so you'll be able to play across both with one purchase of the game. The new scheme means things like achievement and your progress will be synchronised across the two.
Undead Labs says it will have 'more to share in the future' in regards to a Steam launch.
State of Decay 2 gameplay and features
You can watch the State of Decay 2 cinematic trailer at the top of the page to get a feel for the game but here are some more details on the gameplay and features. At the moment it looks sort of like a video game version of The Walking Dead.
In State of Decay 2 there is no single protagonist. Instead, you play as an entire community. The developer says that each survivor in the game is their own person with a mix of 'background traits, skills, and attitudes that determine what they can do, what they want, and what they are willing to do to get it'.
With this in mind, no two stories are alike in State of Decay 2 as the community and the collective choices will shape how the game plays. It's an open world game 'filled with dynamic zombie and human enemies, friendly survivors to recruit into your community, and valuable resources and gear necessary to keep your people alive'.
You can play State of Decay 2 solo but for the first time you can play four-play co-op multiplayer with your friends. You can invite them into your game or drop into theirs. Each player remains in charge of their own community of characters.
"Work together as you explore the deadly post-apocalyptic environment, watching each other’s backs and sharing the rewards of your accomplishments," says Undead Labs.
What's interesting is that it's not a server hosted MMO (massively multiplayer online) game, but it used to be. Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain told IGN that it wanted to give fans "exactly what they want," which is co-op multiplayer.
"This is not a session-based experience. It's drop-in/drop-out. They key thing that I want everybody to know is, it doesn't require you to be online. We've designed it very much with the intention of it being the easiest, most convenient type of multiplayer you can imagine," said Strain.