State of Decay dev extends partnership with Microsoft

Undead Labs signs a multi-year, multi-title agreement to extend its development relationship with Microsoft Studios.

State of Decay developer Undead Labs has signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement to extend its development relationship with Microsoft Studios, the developer announced today on its blog.

The third-person open-world zombie game exploded on Xbox Live upon release in June 2013, selling 500,000 copies in two weeks to become the "fastest-selling original game" on Xbox Live Arcade. It has since reached 1 million copies sold, though that figure also includes PC sales.

An extension of a development relationship could mean many things, though language in the company's blog post suggests a sequel--perhaps for Xbox One--is in development.

"We'll be able to share details later this year, but as with State of Decay, we think it's best if we just keep our heads down and build some prototypes before we talk too much," Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain said. "For now, suffice it to say there are big things going on with State of Decay."

For more on State of Decay, check out GameSpot's review.

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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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76 comments
wyan_
wyan_

I bought this game for my 360, played it for an hour or so and then dropped it. -recently booted up this game and got addicted for hours. I'm so surprised at how good of a job Undead Labs has done on this game. It's a lot of fun and has some scary tension to it. I just wish it had co-op. I'm sure they'll address that in the next game.

Trev786
Trev786

What the hell happened to the dlc that was slated? I should have left Xbox, they are a huge disappointment.  Extending a partnership with a dev that has an OK game that was buggy and janky as fuck is not the type of announcement that makes me hopeful for the future.  On the other hand PS4 goes and scoops up the dev team behind star wars 1313.  The difference in pedigree of the devs and decision making on behalf of the consoles is staggering

Trev786
Trev786

What the hell happened to the dlc that was slated?

obsequies
obsequies

microsoft still publishes games? 

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I'm playing right now this game and it's awesome. Good for Microsoft to keep this studio.


northArrow
northArrow

There just aren't enough zombie games




-said no one ever

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

Yeah, work on a sequel when the PC version still needs to be improved.


EA aint the only one ruining games.

masfima1
masfima1

I've gotta get around to this sometime

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

I've got to try this one day. Does anyone have an opinion on this game? Good purchase or no?

divinejester
divinejester

I cant see this as much of a loss for Sony. Dying Light and Evil Inside will come to both consoles, and then in 2015 Sony has a game called SOMA coming out. Its made by the creators of Amnesia, arguably the best survival horror in years. And then they also have a game coming out from the creators of Amnesia 2, which is a separate company that also looks promising.

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

Dammit, I wanted these guys to make sony games as well D:

MN121MN
MN121MN

I'd guess PC sales is probably about 250-300k sales..... 

I'd love their game, if not for Breakdown, which I find quite lacking content....

CnConrad
CnConrad

Darn that's a real shame I loved state of decay. Now I won't get to play their next game

Damn Xbox one and m$ terrible business practices.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Sad, i can't wait until the day that their are no publishers. 

thomasn7
thomasn7

I liked the idea Undead Labs had for this game but it is so boring! Maybe their next game will be more exciting..

Zicoroen
Zicoroen

MS owns the IP. Now the partnership is for Undead Labs make a next version and develop new IPs.

GuillermoX
GuillermoX

As long as they still do PC, hopefully this will let them put out a more finished feeling sequel.  State of decay had a ton of awesome ideas, but basically none of them were fleshed out or smooth.  Still a cool game though.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

As long as I can keep playing their games on PC.

jttwister9
jttwister9

Nice another exclusive for Xbox hopefully its on Xbox one. I hope they go all out with a bigger world and multiplayer on this one 

Rooten
Rooten

multiplayer would be nice, like coop or something like that or even a kinda like DayZ online would be nice too!

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

It means lookout! Microsoft is going to continue to buy up all the good stuff, by the end of this year the articles everywhere will say, "PS4 sales decline exponentially due to lack of games"! Take that all you Sony fanboys saying "we are all about the games"

Barighm
Barighm

Gotta be a sequel and exclusivity agreement.

Riddick123
Riddick123

Does this game have multiplayer?

MJ-X
MJ-X

@DAOWAceI agree i pirated the game it was buggy as hell for PC but i loved it so much i bought it anyway.


these enclave bugs need to be addressed real soon instead of just releasing DLC.


(i test games before buying them nowadays didnt mean to flaunt the fact the i pirate for pure pirating)

jyml8582
jyml8582

@wasakawaka Great purchase. Game's got some shortcomings and bugs, but overall it is the only true zombie survival game in the market to date. 

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

And Outlast is coming which is a great game as well.

ajstrike922
ajstrike922

Huh? Why not bring TLOU to Xbox and Wii U? Oh sorry, Sony and their terrible business practices that's why. You're not making sense.

mprince131
mprince131

@CnConrad Terrible business practices? why, because they signed a deal? Go home, you're drunk. This stuff happens all the time. 

CptYoutube
CptYoutube

@CnConrad It would be the exact same way if Sony bought them out, except PC gamers wouldn't get it. Who has worse business practices?

naz99
naz99

@thomasn7 You nailed it....it was a pretty good game and i am interested to see what they do in the future but after about 10 hours on state of decay i was bored to death :(

Psycold
Psycold

@Riddick123 Nope. It was supposed to have MP added forever ago and it never happened, it would be one of the greatest games ever with MP but it is still a lot of fun without it. 

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Are you talking about a sequel? I already have outlast on PC... makes me scream every time

CnConrad
CnConrad

You arn't understanding me, I don't care about exclusives.

The terrible business practices is $hitting all over their customers with the drm filled big data gathering monitizing and advertising device known as Xbox one.

I loved my 360 and am disappointed I can't buy the new One in good faith.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@Psycold  I was hoping it did so they could show Titanfall how to add more than 12 human players.

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

I think it'll just the be the original that comes. Though if that sells well I'm sure a sequel would too.

mprince131
mprince131

Again, you are making no sense. DRM practices, monetizing and advertising? Not only is that nonsense it also has absolutely nothing to do with this article.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@haze0986


Why is it so hard to understand? Obviously it was a decision they made from a gameplay design perspective.. More does not automatically equate to better, and in the case of Titanfall, I'm glad the matches are going to have a relatively small amount of human players. With more it would be a test of patience, because anytime you got in a mech you'd probably die right away.

haze0986
haze0986

@Riddick123 @haze0986 @Psycold that makes you wonder.....the only thing i could think that doesnt sound like im bashing the game is maybe it has to do with map size. if it truly is just COD with mechs it would kind of explain it