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State of Decay Will Not Be Receiving Multiplayer Support

The open-world, zombie survival game State of Decay was well received by critics and the public when it launched just a month ago. Since then, the zombies at Undead Labs have been hard at work rolling out updates and squeezing in new features. Fans have been overwhelmingly voicing their opinion on adding a multiplayer component to the title, but sadly, it looks like that dream may be permanently buried.

Undead Labs co-founder and executive producer, Jeff Strain, publicly announced that their magnum opus will not be receiving any multiplayer support in upcoming updates. “While there are great things in store for State of Decay, unfortunately multiplayer is not one of them.” The news came after a series of tweet responses from @undeadlabs, explaining that chances of seeing co-op were slim.



Jeff Strain confirmed the news with a post on the official State of Decay forum. He explained “We want to see a multiplayer State of Decay as badly as you do but it’s not feasible to retrofit it into the existing game… It’s not simply a matter of adding the technology, but also redesigning core game systems to support multiple players, and then adding new content designed for people to play together.”

Undead Labs had originally planned to have multiplayer included at launch, but axed the idea after running into numerous problems “trying to retrofit our game engine to support an open-world sandbox game rather than the FPS style games it had been designed for. It was a painful decision, but a necessary one given the realities of our team size and project budget.”

Fortunately, Strain alluded that the team is still optimistically hard at work. “I can say definitively that multiplayer will be the absolute heart of any future State of Decay games. As many of you know, we’ve always had ambitious plans for the future of State of Decay, and those plans have not changed.”

“We’re just getting started,” Strain added.

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  1. Alex Shedlock

    Tragic; but fair enough. The game’s incredibly strong as a standalone zombie-apocalypse survival sim, if they just perfect that aspect with updates, it’s happy days anyway!

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