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State of Decay 2

We're finally drawing closer to the release of State of Decay 2 from Undead Labs. It's been a few years since the Unreal Engine 4-powered open-world zombie survival game was announced, and now the pricing and release date are finally revealed, and the price is much lower than what you might have been expecting.

IGN is reporting that State of Decay 2 will be available for PC, Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X starting May 22nd for $29.99. That's literally half the price of what it usually costs for a AAA release. In fact, this is the kind of pricing that just might lure in a lot of gamers, because Bluehole Studios used the same pricing setup for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds during Early Access and managed to garner more than 30 million users over the course of the year.

This isn't to say that State of Decay 2 will be an instant shoo-in for hitting 30 million players within a year's time, but it is to say that a lowered price point could work wonders for bringing in gamers who may have originally passed over the game at the $59.99 price point.

In fact, even for gamers interested in picking up the ultimate edition of State of Decay 2, the report indicates that it, too, will be less than expected, coming in at only $49.99. There isn't a description on exactly what comes packed into the ultimate edition of State of Decay 2, but don't be surprised if it comes with a content pack to help you during the early goings of the game.

As an added bonus, there's also the ability to play either version of Undead Labs' upcoming title as a Play Anywhere title. That's right, if you buy the game on Xbox One you'll be able to play it on a Windows 10 PC. Or if you buy the game for a Windows 10 PC, you'll be able to load it up on your Xbox One X and take advantage of the game's potential enhancements on Microsoft's premium gaming console.

Microsoft's marketing manager for the games division, Aaron Greenberg, explained exactly why Microsoft and Undead Labs decided to go in at a lower price for the game, telling IGN...

Our goal is to build a long-term relationship with the State of Decay community and to foster deeper experiences with the franchise. We believe State of Decay 2 accomplishes this goal by immersing fans in the ultimate zombie survival fantasy, and we want to give more players the opportunity to join in and experience this unique game

That's definitely a different approach to the game. Usually it's the other way around, and oftentimes we see popular games receive a price increase in order to make the most out of the niche community as possible, which is something that Ubisoft tried doing recently with Rainbow Six: Siege... just until the community gave the company a ton of backlash.

A full gameplay reveal is coming soon, along with a look at some of the additional content gamers can expect from the State of Decay sequel. The original game came out way back in 2013 for the Xbox 360 and on Steam for PC. So, we'll see if the launch for the sequel this spring will have a much larger crowd waiting to dive into the game when it launches this May.