State of Decay unveiled for XBLA, PC
posted on 08.21.12 at 05:05 PM EST by (@salromano)
Open-world zombie survival. Formerly Class3.

Undead Labs has lifted the lid on State of Decay, formerly titled Class3, its upcoming third-person zombie survival game for Xbox LIVE Arcade and PC. 

Set in a “dynamic open world,” the game follows the player and a group of “scattered survivors,” who must work together in keeping alive through the zombie apocalypse. You will design and fortify a home base, raid for food and ammo, rescue other “playable survivors” with unique talents, and shape a sandbox world that develops in real-time and by your actions, “dynamically generating content based on your choices and the ever-increasing zombie threat.”

So what can you expect in State of Decay? Undead Labs has outlined a list of key features:

  • Zombie Survival: 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.
  • Sweet Action: Move through the world like a zombie-slaying badass. Dive through windows, jump on cars, and take it to the living dead with baseball bats. Hop in a truck and mow down some undead pedestrians. Break into the local police station and clear out their arsenal or walk into the local grocery store to stock up on your favorite junk food. The world is your oyster…a shiny oyster that happens to be filled with zombies.
  • Evolving World:State of Decay is an open sandbox world that develops in real-time, dynamically generating content based on your actions, the choices you make, and the ever-increasing zombie threat. Decide where you’d like to set up a fortified safe haven for you and other survivors you’ve rescued, then form raiding parties to gather resources and create supply chains. Use the materials you’ve gathered to develop your community as you see fit, but be careful — resources will deplete as you pillage areas, and zombies are attracted to noise and activity. Take up the offensive by assaulting hordes before they reach your settlement, or focus on improving your defenses against the massed zombie attacks. Every choice and every action matter in this fully simulated, evolving world.

View the first set of screenshots at the gallery. Watch the debut trailer below. Visit the game’s official website here.

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  • Acidicsam

    I’ve been waiting for info on this for two years now, since it was first revealed. I’m…cautious.

    This seems to be pretty ambitious. Like many ambitious titles, I am hopeful this will turn out to be amazing and be a complete game changer…but like many ambitious titles, I am worried this will turn out to be over-ambitious and not have enough focus on any of the mechanics to provide a deep experience.

    • The Black Rabbit

      that’s a lot of ambition. XDD

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Watch him, he gone make it to Benz outta dat Datsun.
        He got dat Ambition baby, look in his eyes.
        This week he moppin floors next week its da fries.