During the July 2020 Xbox Game Showcase, Microsoft announced that a sequel to State of Decay 2 is in development. Aptly named State of Decay 3, the upcoming zombie survival simulation is still under development.
A sequel to State of Decay 2 was first hinted at in a December 2019 blog post that revealed Undead Labs was opening a new studio. In a follow-up statement, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “[Undead Labs studio head and founder Jeff Strain’s] vision to increase access and expand opportunities for game development jobs and skills is an independent project. While not directly affiliated, Xbox Game Studios shares his vision for empowerment through games and are eager to support him in his efforts.”
Xbox Game Studio Undead Labs is continuing to oversee the franchise. Undead Labs is one of the six studios that Xbox acquired in 2018–Compulsion Games, inXile Entertainment, Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, and Playground Games–alongside opening a brand-new studio called The Initiative. In 2019, Xbox also acquired Double Fine Productions and opened World’s Edge.
As we approach the Holiday 2020 season and the release of Microsoft’s next-gen console, Xbox Series X, we’ve slowly learned what first-party titles that each of these studios is bringing to the future of Xbox. We Happy Few developer Compulsion is working on a “new universe,” Ninja Theory is following up Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice with Senua’s Sage: Hellblade II, Obsidian is releasing co-op survival game Grounded, and–as just announced–Undead is developing State of Decay 3.
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