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Co-operative play will not be introduced to State of Decay via a title update, Undead Labs has told fans.

"There's been a flood of good news about State of Decay lately, and it's been both exhilarating and humbling to share it with you," wrote executive producer Jeff Strain on the game's forums. "It's always easy to share good news; but it's much harder to share disappointing news, and unfortunately that is what I must do today.

"Over the past few weeks we've been working with Microsoft to lay plans for the future of State of Decay, including future Title Updates, DLC, and possible sequels. As part of that process we've also been thoroughly evaluating the possibility of adding co-op multiplayer to State of Decay. While there are great things in store for State of Decay, unfortunately multiplayer is not one of them."

He added: "It's no secret the game has done well, so we now have the opportunity to realize some of our hopes - and your hopes - for how we reinvest in the game and make it even better. We know co-op is the most requested addition to State of Decay, and we've also continued to hope it might be a possibility after release. Unfortunately, after re-evaluating it over the past few weeks, we believe our original estimate of six months was optimistic; the actual time is probably closer to nine months.

"We could 'check the box' and shoehorn multiplayer in sooner than that, but it wouldn't be a great experience, and certainly not one we'd be proud of. 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. It's easy to imagine how all that would come together - as many have said, the game is practically begging for it - but retrofitting the game to add that experience would take the rest of this year, and well into the next. Worse, it would preclude our ability to offer any other kind of support for the game, including Title Updates and DLC."

Strain says that it's simply not "feasible to retrofit" multiplayer into the game, but assured fans that the future of the franchise will be built around multiplayer.

"I can say definitively that multiplayer will be the absolute heart of any future State of Decay games," wrote Strain. "As many of you know, we've always had ambitious plans for the future of State of Decay, and those plans have not changed."

He concluded: "From the entire team at Undead Labs, I want to express our gratitude and appreciation to each of you for being here on the forums and giving us your thoughts, hopes, and opinions on the game every day. I'm not just talking to those of you who give us support and encouragement - although you give us the rocket fuel we need to keep going every day - but also those of you who provide constructive criticism and help 'keep it real'.

"Stay tuned for announcements on what we are going to do with State of Decay. We're just getting started."

Last we heard, State of Decay had sold over half a million copies and is sure to have sold more since.

A PC version is also on the way.


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Batmamerc's Avatar


Payday for me can not come quick enough wanted this before but with the bugs I decided to wait now its been fixed I will get it this time. Shame no co op ideal world for it but would probably mess it up a bit too.
Posted 09:52 on 08 July 2013

KamSage@ dazzadavie

I think that might eliminate a lot of the balance and individuality of each character though. Since each character has pros and cons to them, having different traits and personalities, the dynamic of the camp interaction and play style would be eliminated, which helps distinguish tis game a lot from others.

I could definitely see in future games making perhaps a couple or three starting characters you make Sims-style with good and bad traits and personality types, so you can connect more readily with said character/s since it would be you in the world whilst still allowing you to swap between pre made characters too.

All in all great news that the game is getting lots of support, even if co-op is far away. Still, it's going to come, seeing as this is the second best selling XBLA game ever, so it will get a sequel, for sure.
Posted 13:46 on 05 July 2013
dazzadavie's Avatar


It's a shame but with so each title update comes new problems adding co-op would just create so many more.
I'm picking this up next week and can't wait to play it, Chris has kept my hype going.

Wouldn't it be cool if you could name you people? Like X-com that feeling when someone dies who you've named after your family member.
Posted 10:09 on 04 July 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 31/12/2013
Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Action
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 696 47
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