'State of Decay' For Xbox Live Is Coming In June, More Gameplay Revealed [Trailer]

By Trevor Ruben , Updated Apr 12, 2013 06:03 PM EDT
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Undead Labs' open-world zombie survival game, "State of Decay," is coming to Xbox Live Arcade in June, "Officially," according to the developer's blog. It's unclear whether this means it's part of the annual Summer of Arcade promotion, but given the ambition and timing of the game, there's a good chance for that.

"State of Decay" is a single-player, third-person experience with visual tone more akin to the subdued "The Walking Dead" and "DayZ" than the gonzo "Resident Evil" side of things. While combat and driving play heavily into the gameplay, that's not all there is to the latest in the never-ending zombie fad.

"What if society came screeching to a halt? What if all our rules and laws no longer mattered? 'State of Decay' brings these questions to life in a very real way. It's not just about combat; it's about doing what you must do to stay alive. Food, water, shelter, and ammo - you'll need them all. Taking you beyond the initial panic, and beyond the first weeks of the crisis, 'State of Decay' is the embodiment of the "What if?" zombie apocalypse scenario," reads the Undead Labs blog. Check out the trailer below for a better idea.

While "State of Decay" is strictly single-player at launch, allowing you to jump between survivors to tackle different objectives, Undead is also working on a multiplayer game set in the same universe as "State of Decay," according to their FAQ. They're using the first release as a testing ground for ideas in the upcoming multiplayer game. Those eager to slay zombies with friends should probably hold off just a bit, however "State of Decay" does look pretty promising.

No pricing information was released, though Undead did say it would likely be priced as one of the "bigger XBLA games" released, meaning a 1200 MSP ($15) point is likely. A later PC release is planned.

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