State of Decay 2: Gameplay and Hands-on Impressions from E3

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State of Decay 2 is set to launch in spring 2018.

Microsoft first announced State of Decay 2 in June 2016. This zombie-infested sequel is slated to launch on Xbox One and PC in spring 2018.

The original State of Decay was all about surviving as long as possible in the zombie apocalypse. The sequel is shaping up like a bigger, better version of that same idea. Below, you’ll find all the news, trailers, and previews that have come out for State of Decay 2 since it was announced.

E3 2017 news

During Microsoft’s E3 2017 presentation, the company showed off a meaty trailer for this zombie survival RPG.

It also revealed the pushed-back release window. Originally State of Decay 2 was to be released sometime in 2017. The new window is spring 2018.

In our hands-on preview of State of Decay 2, we found the game shaping up to be bigger and better than the original.

That’s all the E3 2017 news for State of Decay 2. Now let’s go back to the beginning and see everything we’ve learned about the game so far.

State of Decay 2 announced

During Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2016, the company pulled back the curtain on State of Decay 2, a new zombie survival RPG that promises to pull no punches.

New this time time around is co-op multiplayer support that lets you play with up to three friends, dropping in and out of each other’s games at any time. In an interview with the founder of Undead Labs, we learned that the game was originally envisioned as an MMO before the developers changed course.

Multiplayer mode detailed

It wasn’t until December 2016 that we got new info about State of Decay 2. Speaking with the developers, we learned how players will be able to interact with one another and with the game world. There’s a lot of new information packed into the interview, so give it a read to learn more.

In January, State of Decay 2 made it onto our list of the Top 10 Most Anticipated Multiplayer Games of 2017.

A few months later, we learned that State of Decay 2 will ship with three maps, each one roughly the size of the original game.

Chris Reed is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.

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