State of Decay, the little zombie game that could, is getting a sequel. State of Decay 2 will be available for Xbox One and Windows 10, and will once again be developed by Undead Labs.
The original game began as a modest but ambitious downloadable title for Xbox 360 in 2013. Critics and fans praised its stark, open-world and the opportunity to play as many survivors — all of whom could die, permanently. In years that followed, the game received a number of updates, supplemental content, and ports for Xbox One and Windows 10.
In an interview with The Verge last December, Microsoft's Shannon Loftis cited State of Decay as an example of the company's seed model for new intellectual properties.
"I actually love this notion of finding seed IPs," said Loftis, "and helping game creators realize their very first vision. The more we can engage with that developer, the more releases we can put into the marketplace, the more likely that it might become one of these franchises."
The sequel to State of Decay appears to follow Loftis' intended trajectory, fleshing out the original idea into something closer to a glossy tentpole game. Multiplayer will be a large component of State of Decay 2. We won't be surprised if the franchise expands upon the drama of survivalism found in other online zombie games, like Day Z.