State of Decay Dev Announcing New Game Monday With "No Zombies, No Microsoft"

Undead Labs says new project is "not at all a zombie game," won't be published by Microsoft.

Acclaimed zombie game State of Decay developer Undead Labs will announce a new game on Monday, but this project is not exactly following in the footsteps of the the studio's most recent work.

In a series of tweets, Undead Labs offered up a tease for what form this new game might take. First, the game has nothing to do with zombies. "Like, not at all a zombie game," Undead Labs wrote. In addition, this new project will not be published by Microsoft, which handled the million-selling Xbox 360/PC version of State of Decay.

That's not to say there is any ill will between Undead Labs and Microsoft, the developer was quick to point out. "Still VERY happily partnered with [Microsoft] for State of Decay games," Undead Labs said. Beyond those details, Undead Labs wasn't willing to share more. "No zombies, no Microsoft. AND NO MORE HINTS."

Undead Labs also pointed out that just because the studio is announcing a new game soon, it doesn't mean State of Decay will suffer as a result. "Apropos of nothing, did you know that a studio can make more than one game at once?" This statement may be "apropos of nothing," but it comes after a dramatic series of events where a developer was criticized for just such a move.

Last week, Rust developer Facepunch Studios announced a new game, Riftlight, and some fans immediately blasted the developer for revealing a new game before Rust--available as an in-development game through Steam Early Access--is even "finished." Facepunch has since issued a statement addressing the criticism, saying that it's not out of the ordinary for studios to work on multiple game simultaneously, and that development on Rust is unaffected.

Though Undead Labs' next game won't have zombies, the developer teased that "the future for our zombies is assured." In January, Undead Labs signed a multi-year, multi-title deal with Microsoft, leading some people to believe a version of State of Decay for Xbox One was in the works. While Undead Labs has not officially announced any of these projects, the developer just this week revealed that author J.L. Bourne (Day by Day Armageddon) will be involved with the future of State of Decay in some way.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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25 comments
battlefront1943
battlefront1943

It's interesting that a developer with an MS series is using an "anti MS" wave as PR.  That's craziness...  or is this GS spin?

travis1987
travis1987

Just make sure you release SoD 2 MMO

xhawk27
xhawk27

Do you think the day will come that you'll see articles that bash Sony like they constantly do with MS? 


Vodoo
Vodoo

I can't stand how Gamespot is CONSTANTLY using BS titles now to bait people into clicking the articles. This article is a perfect example. Undead Labs is "VERY" happy with their partnership with Microsoft and has a muti-game deal with them. Yet the title makes it out to be like Undead Labs has cut-ties completely with Microsoft.

This type of baiting is professionally unethical and Gamespot should take responsibility and stop their lying-@ss journalists from deceiving their readers. This is not how you gain readers, it's how you lose them.

grenadehh
grenadehh

Could tell from the misleading ass title that it was a Makuch. He worded it as if "No microsoft" was a feature and as if Undead hates MS now and then explicitly states in the article that's n t the case. So much bait. I don't think Makuch even plays games, I think he's a sports guy. 

crujoness
crujoness

I sincerely tried to like SoD multiple times, but I couldn't. 

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

I loved state of decay. A flawed beauty. Let me fire up steam and play it.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

So can we expect a release at the same time on PC rather than having to wait months for a port this time?

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

where the hell is class 4, the online sequel to State of Decay?!!

Stogin
Stogin

@xhawk27 Do you think the day will come when fanboys won't be looking for reasons to start flame wars like children?

blackace
blackace

@xhawk27 Gamespot makes it seem like a bash against MS because MS won't be publishing Undead Labs next game, but it's not. Undead Labs signed a deal with M$ to make multiple games and State of Decay have sold over 1 million copies on the XBox 360. I'm sure Undead Labs isn't disappointed in that at all.

pnova
pnova

@xhawk27 how is this article bashing microsoft. You have to be kidding me. You drunk

travis1987
travis1987

@Vodoo They are not bashing Microsoft, Undead Labs have said this themselves. you can expect many Undead Lab titles to be exclusive to the Microsoft platform cool your boots bro.

bmgd70
bmgd70

@Vodoo the title is quoted directly from an Undead Labs Tweet themselves. you assume way too much. quit blaming gamespot for your lack of ability to read articles without assuming whatever you want.

Relvar
Relvar

@Vodoo  Better than IGNs practices..... still it is kinda crappy. 

xhawk27
xhawk27

@crujoness

Then stay far away from H1Z1 something tells me that game isn't going be that good. 



mr_nee
mr_nee

@Janpieterzun Think I have one on PC and one for 360... just couldn't get into this game

kadaverhagga
kadaverhagga

@Stogin @xhawk27 Yeah I didn't get an impression that either Gamespot or undead labs is bashing MS. Of course if you look and reach for reasons with a fanboy mindset you will always find something to complain about if an article isn't pure praise for your favourite company all the way through.

pnova
pnova

@blackace @xhawk27 lol people are getting retarded, That's not bashing microsoft. If they said microsoft suck. That's bashing microsoft.

hystavito
hystavito

@xhawk27 H1Z1 might suck but I doubt it will be similar to State of Decay.  H1Z1 seems to be going way more in the direction of survival/crafting/construction games.  Sure SoD had some of that, like choosing addons for your base, but nothing even remotely like the crafting and building found in the popular survival games that H1Z1 seems to be drawing inspiration from.


I followed State of Decay for a long time, and I wanted to like it too, but the closer we got to release the more I realized it was not going to be the kinda game I and many others expected.  I think it's highly commendable that they found a balance between realism/survival and arcade/action which was appealing to a lot of people.  I still bought it, but for me it stayed too far on the arcade/action side of the spectrum, and I ended up barely playing it.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@mr_nee @Janpieterzun I liked it but I got as far as the church and did some quests there. Once I accidentally got two of my best people killed and one of them was the only way to do the military quest, I quit the game because I didn't want to restart.