State of Decay hitting PC today

Early Access version of open-world zombie game scheduled to launch on Steam later today for $20; will not support keyboard and mouse at launch.

Open-world zombie game State of Decay will be released PC through Steam's Early Access program later today, developer Undead Labs has announced.

The game will be available for $20, the same price as the Xbox 360 version. Those who pick up the Early Access version of State of Decay will automatically receive the final version, for free and with no need to restart, when the game is officially launched later in the year.

Undead Labs made clear that the version of State of Decay coming to PC today is a "test version" that is not meant to be reviewed. "It will not be perfect. It may still have crashes," the developer said.

In addition, State of Decay for PC will not work with keyboard and mouse, at least not right away. At launch, the Early Access version requires an Xbox 360 controller or a compatible third-party input, though Undead Labs stated it has not done much testing with non-Microsoft controllers yet.

"This process is not for everyone. Casual players, the easily frustrated, and the short of time should NOT get the Early Access version," Undead Labs said. "Hey, I am all three of those things, y'all. Those are not criticisms. It's just that we want everyone to have the experience that best suits their needs. You all deserve the best, so if you're not into giving feedback, just wait a few months and play the final version after we make it great."

State of Decay launched earlier this year on Xbox 360 and has sold more than 500,000 copies. For more on State of Decay, check out GameSpot's review.

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RyanBurnsRed
RyanBurnsRed

It works great, but there are some problems with the contrast/brightness, also vehicle headlights and flashlight are too bright. It will only use 3 cores of your processor if you have a 4 core or higher. I get stuttering a lot because of this. The textures are low res, there's no AA or AF, and the menu and inventory is also low res... resolutions are limited, but 1080p and other wide screen resolutions are supported. The game will crash if you alt+tab too much. Steam achievements don't work either. Vehicle physics are lighter compared to Xbox version, they'll fix this soon. Keyboard and mouse works, but you gotta find the keys that work. The game is a very very rough port as it is now, but it's playable if you aren't too picky of console games. Oh yeah, no advanced graphics options, or contrast/brightness sliders. Only gamma and low/med/high/ultra presets. I wouldn't dare play this on anything below high though.

Narghile1975
Narghile1975

I play with keyboard and mouse just fine (Steam download 21/SEP/2013). You can not set keys and no instructions, but controls are the usual ones; WASD, E, TAB, CTRL, SHIFT, Mouse you know.

When you play for first time, just go for the usual. Shift - RUN, Space - Jump, T - Torch, Right CTRL - Crouch. Right Click is "back". or mash keyboard until it works :)

If you do not have controller, do not let that stop you.

DJ


Dsolow5
Dsolow5

I'll wait until they support keyboard and mouse.

Crabjock
Crabjock

Jesus, the trivial bs that people argue about. How can a person actually get mad at someone dissing their favorite gaming system? How can that feeling exist inside of you? It's very easy to spot those who take it to heart. They're the same people that provoke. They know the feeling, so they know how to reflect it. It's that mentality that has caused childish slang like "fanboy" to come to light. We are all biased, and we all have a favorite gaming system. It doesn't need to be more complicated than that.


I mean seriously. You know you lack real problems when you can segregate based on gaming systems. Having a discussion is fine, it being all in fun is fine,  but when it becomes a way to insult someone, it's time to look within yourself and question your priorities. None of it matters, there is no definite, foreseeable outcome, and it is way past being amusing.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I'm sure they did as little as possible to get the game to run on PC and are doing this to consult with PC players as to what they need and want for a great final version... and of course all the children will be whining and complaining and completely missing the point.

SeanD1972
SeanD1972

It is released on pc and won't support kb and mouse right away.  WTF ?!?!?!  Can you say horrid console port coming to pc that is probably garbage ????  I can.  My gosh what were they thinking.

PJthePlayer2
PJthePlayer2

I bet the console trolls that refuse to play PC games because games are "SO much better with a controller" are really confused by this article.

mushidigger
mushidigger

If i use motioninjoy and use a PS3 controller will it work as a "3rd party controller"? i do not own a xbox or a xbox controller i will buy a controller if needed but this would be easier if it works!

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

Noesss! I won't buy it till get fixed mouse and keyboard on pc for new patch.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Another cheaply made late port. Don't know why people prefer to play on this second class platform.

Deadpool-n
Deadpool-n

I'm going to wait for the full game. I loved it on Xbox, got a little bored after a day or two. Biggest issue, besides all the glitches of course was the aiming. Just terrible, so I want to be able to use mouse and keyboard. Which they don't have in the game yet... scratch that, I guess they changed their minds and have some non complete form of k/m

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

lol its kinda ironic (a bit of poetic justice really) that the PC elitists are just now clambering for a title that console gamers have been playing for four months.  I guess that superiority went out the windows 8  ;)

*goes back to playing GTA V on the Xbox 360*

codeman101360
codeman101360

"State of Decay hitting PC today"

Awesome!

 "...will not support keyboard and mouse at launch."

Dafuq?

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

I enjoyed this on 360 and would look into getting it again on PC depending on what changes are made.

I think Early Access might be the wrong route for this, as for a game that is already complete on one platform it is more likely to draw criticism for short-comings, rather than just waiting another couple of months when it looks like it would be ready anyway.

HellsGuard666
HellsGuard666

The steam discussions have confirmation of KB+M working, but the mouse is apparently very twitchy. I'm downloading mine now though, wooo!

quakke
quakke

Wow!. PC game and Microsoft. What's going on around here?

Last time we saw that was back in 2007 with Gears of War when GFWL was effectively in use.

Read the fingersign MS. I ain't supporting you.


edit: lol "will not support keyboard and mouse at launch.". Now you can just read the F U word MS.

frostmare9999
frostmare9999

this game is not really worth it just save your $20 on something more worth it. because since there is no updates or DLC to this game its not really worth it.

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@jinzo9988 haha dont feel bad, they did as little as possible to get the game running on console, too. i've seen games like two worlds get crucified for these types of technical issues, but a game that's riddled with them, like this game is generally praised. i beat hte game, put quite a few hours into it, and it isn't unplayable but still...

ahztek666
ahztek666

@SeanD1972 Are you totally fucking retarded? Did you even read the initial post? They said this is a TEST VERSION and the keyboard and mouse will be available when the RETAIL game launches. People like you seriously need to go back to school and get some fucking reading comprehension skills, because as it stands you clearly have none. Fuck.

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@mushidigger doubt it, since motionjoy is basically mapping keyboard keys to controller buttons.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

@mushidigger I heard it works with k&m, but you can't change controls, wasd movement, space jump, shift run, left click shoot / hit...

finaleve
finaleve

@mushidigger I use DS3 Tools and run my PS3 contoller as a 360 controller emulator.  Works the same.  Unfortunately my 360 controllers are wireless and aren't plug and play.

ahztek666
ahztek666

@commanderxp90 It is only a test version as they have said, so this will ALL be fixed when the retail game is launched later.

JDFS
JDFS

@Mr_BillGates second class LOL... because of YOUR second class we get cheapass graphics from your shitty version, I wish there were no consoles so we can play real games.

winstondoom
winstondoom

@Deadpool-n Going to be good when the full thing comes out, proper controls, proper patching, proper draw distance when driving...and a sandbox mode. Can't wait !

JDFS
JDFS

@Gravity_Slave More like *goes back to playing GTAV with PC's GTAIV graphics+mods on the crappy 8 years old Xbox 360*

While I'm going back on Blacklist and Arma III which are 2013 looking-games... not 2009 lolll

PJthePlayer2
PJthePlayer2

@Gravity_Slave Correction:  Console gamers have been playing for four months with HORRIBLE frame rates and NO anti-aliasing.  Not to mention us PC gamers tend to have the money to buy the game on console AND PC  if we want it which I did.  Best of both worlds... how do you like that?

Colekern
Colekern

@Gravity_Slave I'm primarily a PC gamer, and no matter what it pains me to see that master race crap. But it makes me even more mad when someone is happy about other people not being able to play a game because of the systems they do/don't own.

koospetoors
koospetoors

@HellsGuard666 You can definitely play with the keyboard and mouse, but I see what they mean about it not being properly supported, the aiming for instance feels extremely off.

Definitely play with a controller for now.

Ravenlock_2112
Ravenlock_2112

@JDFS @Mr_BillGates Yeah, graphics are everything, FUCK a good storyline, FUCK good controls, FUCK believable characters, FUCK everything that doesnt please the graphicwhores.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@JDFS

lol you PC purists are so sad.  I love writing comments like that and seeing you dinks come out of the wood work and go on the attack like angry little bee's.  And how sad is it that you tools spend a grand on a PC just to play a couple of games and then have to put even MORE money into it with upgrades later?  

And how does it feel knowing that 7-8 year old consoles just pulled off a current PC title (Diablo 3)?  You had to wait, what?  12 years?  Consoles got it a year after PC gamers did.  (now that's rabbling on about console superiority, didn't want to go there, but truth hurts)

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

@JDFS @Gravity_Slave Because graphics are the primary reason to buy a game. Even though Blacklist and Arma III aren't nearly as compelling or exciting as GTA V. But go ahead an enjoy your pretty looking games. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@Colekern

Happy?  Not exactly.  More like an implied "I told you so" vindication.  Sad thing is, I started out as a PC gamer in the early 1990's.  After a while I got tired of dumping money into a rig just to play a handful of games over the years.  Meeting the benchmark with dollars got old. So I made the switch back in the early 2000's.  

But you have to admit, there is an air of superiority with PC gamers towards console gamers.  Its only in the recent years that consoles have reached the milestone and became a real competitor.  Online multiplayer, Downloadable content, patches and fixes etc.  This article is but a small example of how times are changing.  Another would be Diablo 3...but we'll save that for another discussion. 

FYI; I appreciate your civilized reply.  Its rare seeing a PC gamer comment and not send a volley of insults and bragging.


ahztek666
ahztek666

@hystavito @Ravenlock_2112 @JDFS @Mr_BillGates Exactly. If it werent for consoles, we wouldnt have gaming "convenience" (no need to upgrade hardware etc). But if it weren't for consoles, we wouldn't get rushed ports and poor optimisation. You are very correct.

hystavito
hystavito

@Ravenlock_2112 @JDFS @Mr_BillGates So we need consoles to get better stories, believable characters, and better controls?

You could argue that console makers are able to put more resources into controller development, and they are superior to what we would have if it was say Logitech or someone making controllers for PCs.  But the other stuff, well I'm pretty sure they aren't affected by hardware :).

Look, consoles have done some good things for gaming, but they have also done some bad things too, depending on your perspective.  There's no way to really quantify it all and make a universally correct argument, but for me personally, they have done more negative things to gaming than positive.

winstondoom
winstondoom

@Ravenlock_2112 @JDFS @Mr_BillGates Noone is being a "graphicswhore", the game has terrible issues with draw distance on the xbox. I should know, I've played it for something like 100 hours. Love the game to bits, but I really wish they'd developed it on pc because it is way too good a game to suffer under how shitty the xbox is.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@Ekrindul

lol instead of running your mouth, try reading and retaining the context of what is said.  I'm talking about the sh*t talking PC elitists who also run their mouth. If you havent noticed them before, you must be one. FYI, your joke at the end was just sad.  Keep your day job at the drive thru.

Ekrindul
Ekrindul

@Gravity_Slave @Colekern What are we all? Bees? The moment I buy an Xbox, I'm immediately conditioned to protect it? If you think your experience with a few people on a forum is indicative of everyone who games on the PC, you're a tool, not a slave.