Originally a Microsoft Store exclusive, State of Decay 2 has been announced for Steam in ‘early 2020’, although no specific date was given by Microsoft or developer Undead Labs.
SoD2 launched exclusively to Xbox and the Microsoft Store back in May of 2018 to mixed to positive reviews. Since then, a plethora of DLC became available including Heartland, a massive expansion and the biggest SoD2 has seen since launch. However, there is no indication if SoD2 will be including all of this content in a GOTY bundle, or if the DLC will become something paid for separately.
ABOUT THIS GAME
State of Decay 2 is an open-world survival-fantasy game for you and up to 3 co-op friends. After a zombie apocalypse, your small group of survivors seek to rebuild a small corner of civilization, and you get to make all the decisions about how that happens.
You decide who to recruit to your team, where to settle your community, how to fortify and upgrade your base, and when it’s time to move to greener pastures. You select which survivor to bring along on a scavenging run for the food and ammo you need, and who you’ll use to fight off the zombies attacking your base. You choose how you’ll deal with other people who move into your town. Will you be friendly and welcoming… or will you aggressively defend your territory?
Every player’s experience in the game is unique. Each character in your community has their own special set of skills and traits, so no two communities are ever the same. The challenges you face also vary from game to game, based on who you recruit and the decisions you make along the way.
We enjoyed our time with State of Decay 2 (which we picked up on the Microsoft Store as part of the Xbox Game Pass), as we generally do with zombie games, but we did find that there were quite a few bugs that plagued the game at launch. It wasn’t unplayable per se, but it was enough to where we stepped away for a bit and by the time the bugs were fixed, we had moved on to other games.