Undead Labs: State of Decay
Undead Labs have finally announced the name of their game, State of Decay, and offered a glimpse of the gameplay.
I assume that the dirty camera lens frustratingly obscuring view of the world at the beginning of the video, is only used for the purpose of this video, and is not representative of the way we will see the game in action. The rest of the gameplay shown seems pretty typical zombie fare. The video doesn’t show off or explain the game’s selling features which are many of the things that are driving DayZ popularity, including the permanence of death, need for eating and rest etc..
This video seems to be another marketing mistake, a missed opportunity. Then again, I am starting to think now (post-Brink) that “marketing mistakes” aren’t actually mistakes, but indicative of the true state of the game. The good news is that we will be able to try it on XBL before we commit to it (if they don’t offer a free demo, then they deserve it if people don’t bite).