State of Decay 2 official artwork and logo

Before you start screaming and running away because I'm going to talk about yet another open-world zombie survival game, it is worth mentioning that State of Decay 2 does things quite differently from the rest of the genre. Instead of playing as one overpowered character that only needs to worry about occasionally snacking on sandwiches that magically appear in cupboards, in State of Decay 2 you will essentially be playing as an entire community, with all of the benefits and vulnerabilities that come with such an arrangement.

Each of your survivors is their own person with a mixture of skills, attitudes and interests that determine what they can do, what they want to do, and how far they're willing to go in order to do it. More importantly, each of the survivors can get hurt and tired, so in order to truly prosper you will need to find a way to make the most out of what you have, even if that sometimes means taking massive risks and potentially losing some of your people. It is a concept that worked great in the original State of Decay, so here's to hoping it'll work even better in the sequel!

If you don't feel like entrusting your life to the AI, State of Decay 2 will also allow you to join forces with up to three of your friends. Together you can roam the zombie-infested wasteland in search of food and weaponry, clear out areas your community can potentially inhabit, find and recruit other survivors, and naturally, use the slowest friend as bait when things go haywire and you need to run for your lives!

State of Decay 2 screenshot of the graveyard and windmills

The church has high walls, but it also has a bit of a problem - a graveyard!

You can expect to see State of Decay 2 on Windows 10 and Xbox One this May 22nd. Like most Windows 10 games, State of Decay 2 will be a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, so regardless of which version you opt to purchase you will be granted access to both. Whether there's going to be any cross-platform multiplayer, however, that I'm afraid I don't know.

To learn more about State of Decay 2 you should head on over to either the official website or the Xbox website. And as a final note, allow me to send you off with last year's E3 trailer. It's a little bit outdated at this point, but it should give you a darn good idea of what State of Decay 2 is all about. Enjoy!