State of Decay is an action-adventure survival horror stealth video game developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios. It places emphasis on how the player’s leaderships skills fare against an onslaught of problems, such as diminishing survival resources, group trust and morale, zombie extermination, base defenses, and people’s lives. The game combines elements of shooters, stealth, role-playing and strategy games and the game challenges players to survive by exploring, scavenging, and fighting the undead.
Microsoft surprised everyone when it revealed a bevy of studio acquisitions at its E3 2018 showcase on Sunday. Among the studios the Xbox team now controls is State of Decay maker Undead Labs. The team worked with Microsoft on both State of Decay games, but it’s now become first-party proper. The implications for this are huge, and as head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty explains, will allow Undead Labs to make the game it’s been building towards all those years: an online, persistence sort of MMO. This could be what State of Decay 3 ends up being, which Booty confirmed is definitely up next on the docket.