State of Decay developers have announced that upcoming title State of Decay 2’s world will be much larger, than the one in the first game. Undead Labs CEO Jeff Strain told IGN that as the players wished the world would be larger, it would be – however he would not divulge any information on the exact size. In his statement he said;
“I know SoD fans are hungry for details on number and size of maps, regions, kilometers of playable area, etc, but we’re not quite ready for that. For now, suffice it to say that the playable area is substantially larger than State of Decay”.
He also confirmed that State of Decay 2 will be 4 player co-op, which is different for the MMO that Undead Labs had previously discussed. He also said players will be able to separate if they wanted, but this was not always the best idea. On this Jeff Strain added;
“There may be times when it’s tactically advantageous to do so. For example, you may be under the gun to get medical supplies back to your base, and you decide to split up and have two players scavenge the supermarket pharmacy while two others go scout for a car or SUV with a large amount of trunk space to get the goods home. Or you could even be working on completely separate objectives and only come together as needed to get each other out of a tight spot. Ultimately, you’ll be more effective (and, if we do our jobs well, you’ll have a lot more fun) playing close together, but as always with State of Decay, your play style is up to you.”
Design director Richard Forge discussed that there was no way to make the game directly Player vs Player, in which players would have to fight each other. However, he added there are “plenty of ways that they can be a hostile force in your world because they can directly affect the simulation in meaningful ways”. Which could be done by attracting zombies, or doing something else to get another players character killed, or killing none playable characters that will cause their enclave to become hostile.
State of Decay 2 is yet to receive an exact release date, but it will be released sometime in 2017, and as part of the Play Anywhere scheme – meaning those who buy it digitally will get copies on both Windows and the Xbox One.