State of Decay 2: 6 New Things You Can Do in the Zombie Survival Sequel

Published 5 months ago by Jane Douglas

Let there be blight

State of Decay 2 is coming in spring 2018, with base building and character progression pumped up, a new blood plague to infect your survivor community, and a much-requested online co-op mode. Take a watch and discover the new things you can do in the zombie survival sim sequel.

As an open-world, freeform zombie survival game with an ensemble cast of characters, State of Decay would have been the perfect co-op zombie experience, except it had no co-op.

To the surprise of exactly no-one, State of Decay's most requested feature was a co-op mode, and in State of Decay 2 developer Undead Labs has provided the very thing.

The sequel has an online co-op mode in which you and up to three other players join forces. You can take a character from your community and jump into a friend's game with them or vice versa, or you can send up a flare that signals to other players that you want co-op company.

In online co-op you can watch each other's back and collaborate on your survival but not hurt each other directly, since friendly fire is turned off. So that's one less thing to worry about.

On the other hand, the long list of things to worry about still includes permadeath, to the extent that if you die in your friend's game, you also die in your own.

If some random co-op partner does lead a conga line of zombies back to our base and we get perma-killed, though, that's just what we get for trusting a stranger in a zombie apocalypse.

It's like we learned nothing from Dawn of the Dead. Or 28 Days Later. Or literally any other zombie fiction.

State of Decay 2 comes out on Xbox One and PC in spring 2018.

Previously on Outside Xbox: How Long Can We Survive in Zombie Survival Sim State of Decay?

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Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.

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