State of Decay "Breakdown" DLC coming this month

Undead Labs reveals first expansion for open-world zombie game slated to arrive at the end of October "assuming no catastrophes."

Barring any "catastrophes," open-world zombie game State of Decay will welcome its first batch of downloadable content at the end of the month, Undead Labs has announced.

The Breakdown DLC has been delivered to Microsoft for pre-certification testing, meaning the expansion is content- and feature-complete. What's left now is for Undead Labs to polish the game and remove bugs.

Undead Labs said it plans to have this process wrapped up and have the Breakdown DLC ready for formal certification testing at the end of next week, but made clear that this could change.

"Our test team could turn up some huge game-screwing design flaw next week," the developer said. "We might make a mistake in the packaging format and fail certification. The government shutdown could close down the internetz. Anything could happen."

"But, assuming no catastrophes, we plan on getting Breakdown into your hands by the end of October."

State of Decay's Breakdown DLC is designed introduce a new level of difficulty to the game. Damage received from zombie attacks will be increased, while players will also need to manage their stamina more carefully, the developer said.

In addition, the population of fast-moving zombies in State of Decay will be increased in the Breakdown DLC and players will also encounter more special "freak" zombies. Finally, resources will be scarcer, while the number of vehicles players have access will decrease.

"I've made it my goal to create a version of the game that gets so hard by the end, I can barely play it, and then let you folks show me how it's done. Are you ready?,"said Undead Labs designer Geoffrey Card.

State of Decay launched in June 2013 and has sold over 1 million copies--across Xbox 360 and PC--to date.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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55 comments
genlee47
genlee47

Looks like I'm getting ready to get into this game on PC at exactly the right time, assuming it comes to PC at the same time. If I'm going to play a survival game, I want it to be difficult to survive. That should, without a doubt, be the main challenge of the game. This increased difficulty combined with the perma-death mechanic already in place will make for one hella fun game, even more than it is already.

Unrelated, but I wish I could rename survivors I find so I can create a community of people I know in real life to get me to care more about each character.

Kisalon
Kisalon

Awesome game... cant wait for that DLC!

Phoneix
Phoneix

This seems like a complete waste of time does this even count as DLC? This should be more of a free update.

JediLegacy
JediLegacy

"Oh look DLC for State of Decay!"

*clicks link*

"No co-op or sandbox? Fuck that."

lfavelino
lfavelino

So the DLC just makes the game harder? pffff

GKRider
GKRider

Dang, I was kind of excited when I saw that there was new DLC coming out... too bad it's only a difficulty mod... super lame...

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

I loved this game, but the DLC sounds like, oh yeah, we decided to make the game less fun and more of a pain in the ass....BUYITNOW!!!  I am really looking forward to their next game, especially if it builds off of SoD, which it almost certainly will.

ah17278
ah17278

Exciting & enjoyable game with a lot of potentials.

BUT What are "Undead Labs" thinking of us? ... releasing a DLC for a game with a lot of bugs & much to tweak (specially PC version) that's a harassing for trusting your say "it's a Beta".
So just some fixes will do get you a lot of FAME & Influence (in-game feature) within SOD community fans & will give you many open opportunities to release even coming successors.

PS: I'm a single player PC gamer fan (not MP).

buccomatic
buccomatic

undead labs need to patch their game (again) before they even think of launching dlc.


their quality control is TERRIBLE!

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

DLC for the Beta-Preview version ??

The Final game version with keyboard and mouse support has not even released yet

wexnfx
wexnfx

It's a single player game but from the way it runs on PC it seems like it thinks it is a MMO with a crappy server.  Just a bunch of skipping animations/frames.  I am playing the heck out of it but after awhile the broken-ness wears on you.

Ballroompirate
Ballroompirate

If the DLC doesn't feature sand box mode I'm gonna skip on it plain and simple. I love state of decay but it severely lacks a sand box mode. As for MP mode I really dont care if they add it or not, I've been itching for a game like this for over a decade so I'm fine it being single player only.

Zid96
Zid96

So the DLC is hard mode? Ya not going to buy it then:(

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

The dev said before the game came out that if it did well they would add co-op mode. Well... it did more than well. How about some real DLC instead of an extra hard mode?

angelofbeast198
angelofbeast198

what they need to do it allow to skip the dam talking i dont mind starting all over again but do i have to wait for the cinema also 

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

So still no multiplayer then?

I bought this game to play single player first and then to try out the mp, that was supposed to be coming a little later.

Is it cancelled altogether now, does anyone know for sure?

Oh and with regards to this update, (yes it's an update, but call it dlc if you must) it is only to make things a little harder... is that it, nothing else? 

There has to be more IF you are charging people for it, or why buy it at all?

I think the term... "Less is More," doesn't seem to apply here.

Shame, because it is a good game.

BoromiRwcgeorge
BoromiRwcgeorge

pc version is a joke, even in early access state. its decayed... get it? kek

LpcWarrior
LpcWarrior

There isn't anything added except a difficulty level? Unless this is free, it seems like a ripoff. Hopefully there is more to the DLC...

Llama345
Llama345

So, you are getting LESS and have to pay for it? 

ewjiml
ewjiml

Why is this difficulty mode not free? 

feleas
feleas

so we pay for the expansion to make it not more challenging but more annoying in terms of difficulty? yeah I'll stick with State of Decay Vanilla, kthnxbai lol.

danielcliment
danielcliment

I found the game very fun at the begining, but after a while it was just a "run errands" for this guy and get stuff for that one, etc... The problem is that there is no specific goal, apart from avoiding zombies and get food and stuff, that is pretty much it, dont get me wrong I really wanted to like it more than i actually did.Probably it would be good to tune in a bit more the zombies to make them a real threat or having the option to build or Modifiy cars or settlements to make them fore fortress like!

CreMax90
CreMax90

Since when has "Hard" mode became a paid DLC? Please people, don't support this DLC. It sends a wrong message to Devs/Publishers.

larkan511
larkan511

These guys are idiots.  They release the PC version, lock any threads that ask for multiplayer, and then tell people the next game will have it.  The game itself was pretty boring too, and if you don't play it every day, the game's clock continues to run and you lose your resources, pretty shitty idea there.

TwistedShade
TwistedShade

So they have time shipping out patches as DLC but the Multiplayer had to be dropped completely.

demondogx
demondogx

so its a new difficulty level ?

EcksTheory
EcksTheory

I cant see many people being happy to pay for what sounds like an update/patch, rather than dlc.

MegaX-
MegaX-

Does anyone know when Mouse and keyboard support will be implemented ? can't find any info on the net concerning about it.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

While I wish this had been an option from the start (or perhaps an option that starts at the default and then ramps up to this), I don't think I want to replay the whole game again.  

Don't get me wrong -- this is absolutely one of  THE "must-play" XBLA games of 2013 without question.  It's such an interesting  new spin on SURVIVAL gaming (rather than tired pseudo-survival-horror) that everyone needs to play it once.  The default difficulty is "just right", in that if you work hard you can give yourself little "breaks" to do more natural exploration for awhile or a collection project.  But I supposed I'm still curious how this mod will play out...
  ...or if they'll let you craft a small party for all excursions.  That would make for a whole new RPG-style approach to leveling your survivors, while recalling a sort of Bard's Tale/SSI Gold-Box approach to assembling party members.

PJthePlayer2
PJthePlayer2

@JediLegacy You know they confirmed months ago that multiplayer is not coming to this game.  The sequel is supposed to be online but it does not have a release date yet.

mweather
mweather

@lfavelino Same thing I was thinking.  Great game.......but this DLC looks like they just went into their code, changed a few variables for how often things spwan....or how hard things hit......and ship it off as something new.  


Weak...

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@buccomatic I can tell you that QA saw all of the issue the game has. But the decision to fix them relies only in the programers and the producers based on both deadline and budget.

FrankZoex2
FrankZoex2

@wexnfx You probably don't care but the console version is fine. Visuals are a bit dated but it runs without a hitch, no screen tearing, no frame skipping.

deth420
deth420

@wexnfx i played it through to the end, with no troubles. ultra quality. tried forcing AA, didnt notice any difference.

Stiler
Stiler

@ChuckLinasty They already said no multiplayer is coming to SoD sadly, I too hoped that it would happen (as did many others).

We will have to wait for their next game (which is going to be multiplayer).

Colekern
Colekern

@punksterdaddy Yes, it's canceled. There were just too many issues to solve, and it made it just not worth it.


Fortunately, the next game they're working on, codenamed Class 4 for now, is an MMO.

ah17278
ah17278

@larkan511 I agree with you .. no save slots so no reload too is something ... but that in-game clock continuing while off- the game is totaly screwed.

But I can't say it's boring; I strangely enjoying it despite its defaults.

EcksTheory
EcksTheory

@MegaX- You can use it now on the pc version. This is news about the xbox version.

galactic88
galactic88

@Pyrosa All this "expansion" sounds like its the option of having hard difficultly setting. Ugh.....love DLC...