Whereas the world’s zombie obsession isn’t as prevalent because it was just a few years in the past, we’re nonetheless staged to see some severe undead motion sooner or later. Undead Labs has a 3rd entry in its State of Decay sequence within the works that may certainly pit an eclectic forged of survivors towards hordes of wandering undead as they attempt to rebuild a house in a brutal world. Every entry of the sequence thus far has included action-adventure, survival-horror, stealth, role-playing, and technique components, mixing genres into an attention-grabbing civilization-rebuilding, zombie-decapitating expertise.
We nonetheless don’t have lots of particulars on what State of Decay 3 will appear like, however we’ve been stealthily looking out the wasteland for any information we are able to discover. Right here’s every thing we learn about State of Decay 3 proper now.
Neither Undead Labs nor Microsoft has introduced a launch date for State of Decay 3, which possible means it’s a yr or two away from launching. When the cinematic announcement trailer was launched on the Xbox Video games Showcase occasion in July 2020, Undead Labs stated the sport was within the early pre-production levels. We’re eager for a launch someday in 2022, however a later launch in 2023 could possibly be within the playing cards as effectively.
Being revealed by Xbox Sport Studios, State of Decay 3 can be out there on the Xbox Sequence X, Sequence S, and PC. It’s unlikely that the sport can be launched throughout a timeframe the place new video games are nonetheless being featured on last-gen consoles.
Our first and solely take a look at State of Decay 3 is the cinematic announcement launched by Microsoft in July 2020. Whereas there aren’t any plot or gameplay particulars within the trailer, there’s nonetheless a bit to unpack.
The trailer reveals a lone feminine survivor making an attempt to outlive in a chilly, hostile setting (followers have advised the sport’s location could possibly be Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, or Canada primarily based on the surroundings). Sharpening picket bolts for her crossbow beside a campfire, the survivor hears one thing within the surrounding forest — piercing white eyes seem within the darkness, staring down on the lone human. As an alternative of firing her crossbow, operating away, or no less than extinguishing her fireplace to be much less seen, the survivor does one thing we’ve all been taught to not do in a zombie apocalypse situation — she screams at no matter is looking her, not out of worry, however seemingly to intimidate it. And it really works! No matter was creeping up on her campsite runs away. However what was it? In every earlier State of Decay entry, sound is an absolute no-no. The extra noise you make, the extra zombies will chase you down, yelling and calling extra undead allies alongside the best way.
Later within the quick trailer, the survivor finds a path of blood within the snow and begins monitoring somebody, or one thing, that’s been wounded. Staring down the eyesights of her crossbow, she sees a wolf carcass being eaten by what seems like a zombified deer — all the proper facet of its face is ripped open and rotting. After a beat, the deer lets out a horrifying shriek, and the trailer abruptly ends.
Weren’t zombies sufficient? Now we’ve to take care of zombie animals out within the wilderness too? We hope there are vital weapon upgrades from the easy crossbow proven within the trailer. We’re going to wish all of the firepower we are able to discover.
We don’t have any particular gameplay particulars but, however we’re assuming that the core of State of Decay 3 will look lots like its predecessors. Controlling a small group of survivors, gamers will comb the map for provides to outlive, different misplaced of us to recruit to their group, and lots of Plague Hearts to destroy surrounded by numerous zombies.
Just a few issues followers anticipate to get an overhaul are the sport’s base-building system (which was a little bit clunky in SOD2), extra strong customization choices for weapons, automobiles, garments, and so forth., and a bit extra character improvement. Whereas the characters of SOD2 had lots of background tales to share and quirky one-liners that gave them a bit of life, there was just about no change to characters over the course of the sport and only a few situations the place characters critically bonded. If a longstanding member of the group received taken out by a stray plague zombie, the remaining of the crew would have low morale for a day or so and possibly give a single remorseful line, however then it was again to enterprise.
State of Decay 2 was primarily a solo enterprise, however there have been lots of methods to play with buddies or take part on strangers’ video games. After you began a marketing campaign, you possibly can have a good friend be a part of you, taking up one other survivor in your group. There have been just a few limitations to the system although. The incoming participant could be tethered to the host, that means if the second participant strayed too far-off they might black-screen and return to an space near the host. So there was no room for utterly separate exploration on the identical map, and the tethering system made fast getaways from zombie hordes a little bit too simple in some circumstances.
Gamers might additionally use the in-game radio to place out a name for assistance on the State of Decay servers, inviting every other participant on-line to leap in and play in your map.
There was additionally cross-platform play enabled between Xbox and PC gamers.
It’s secure to imagine that State of Decay 3 could have comparable multiplayer choices in place. One choice that we consider was lacking from its predecessor was actually shared servers. Build up a group together with your good friend that you simply each might entry at anytime could be nice, versus having a buddy soar right into a map you owned. It was by no means very enjoyable to place in work on somebody’s group and degree up a survivor solely to go online to your personal sport and be again at sq. one.
State of Decay 2 noticed a handful of DLCs throughout its lifetime. Every one launched a handful of new weapons, autos, outfits, and facility mods to the sport, spicing up the sport a bit.
The ultimate DLC, titled Heartland, introduced gamers again to Trumbull Valley, the unique setting of State of Decay, for a extra story-based sport mode. In Heartland, gamers select from two units of beginning characters who’ve traveled to Trumbull Valley for various causes. Each pairs of survivors are on a mission to search out folks necessary to them — characters who appeared within the unique State of Decay. The DLC additionally launched the biggest base website within the sport, blood plague freaks (freaks are super-powered zombies with particular talents within the base sport — now they will infect you with blood plague too!), and solutions to questions on how precisely the blood plague got here to be.
We are going to certainly see a handful of DLCs launched for State of Decay 3. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see if any will revisit a earlier setting like Heartland contemplating how completely different the snow-covered mountains of the brand new titles look like.
Since there’s no trace at a launch date, there’s completely no pre-order data out there. We’ll let you recognize when these offers grow to be out there.