State of Decay Announced for PC, Sequel Undergoing Negotiations with Microsoft

By   /   Jun 18, 2013

State of Decay, an open world zombie survival game, was initially declared by developer Undead Labs as an exclusive addition to the Xbox Live Arcade library. The game went on to be the second-fastest selling XBLA game ever and currently has crossed 500,000 sales.

With the 5 million milestone achieved, Undead Labs has now confirmed that a PC version of the game will be released for Steam as well.

The news comes as surprising. The original title was published by Microsoft and it’s rare that we see an XBLA exclusive title end up on Steam. However the founder of the studio Jeff Strain revealed that a PC version has been in development alongside the Xbox 360 version since day 1.

“We’re currently working on a PC version for release on Steam,” Strain said. “Fortunately it’s been in development alongside the Xbox 360 version since Day 1, so we just need to integrate with the Steam platform and add native support for keyboard and mouse control.”

In related news, Undead Labs are planning on a sequel to the game, codenamed Class4. However the project isn’t finalized and is currently undergoing negotiations with Microsoft, who own the IP as part of an understanding that led them to fund the original State of Decay.

“We cannot begin working on Class4 without a greenlight from Microsoft and a mutually agreeable contract,” said Sanya Weathers, director of community.

“We have to agree on where we think the technology is going to be in a few years (since the game will take a few years to develop); we have to agree that we have the same goals; and we have to agree on how we’ll collectively run and support the final game.

“Those discussions are still in progress.”

I wonder if Microsoft will negotiate an exclusive bargain for the followup title.

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