If you were hoping to join some buddies in some open-world, post-apocalyptic adventuring in Undead Labs' Xbox 360 Live Arcade title, State of Decay, think again. Despite moving half a million copies faster than people could torrent the latest Hollywood summer blockbuster, the sales just weren't enough to justify a multiplayer DLC add-on.
IGN managed to get word from Undead Labs' Jeff Strain, who went on to explain their little predicament and why State of Decay won't be retrofitted with some rocking multiplayer, saying...
" It's not simply a matter of adding the technology, but also redesigning core game systems to support multiple players, and then adding new content designed for people to play together.
Such an unfortunate state of things, no doubt.
Many gamers felt as if State of Decay was about as close as console gamers could get to DayZ and that the inclusion of a multiplayer would raise the game's prestige by considerable levels.
There was one chap who could do nothing more with his life than wish, dream, pray for a cooperative multiplayer addition to State of Decay – he refused to believe there was any other game out there for him. He lived only to experience co-op in State of Decay, and wished that he and his friend could survive in the virtual wasteland so that his life would be complete. While this news could have devastated that fellow into oblivion, luckily for him he saw Riley the dog and pre-ordered Call of Duty: Ghosts instead, so he's all good. Still, there are lots of other people out there who can't live without thinking about a multiplayer mode in State of Decay.
On the up-and-up, the developers do plan to work on a multiplayer centric version of the game that has long been rumored to be in development since the game was all mysterious and had a codename and Microsoft was being all secretive and stuff.
For now, though, the team is focused on updating and providing support for the standard single-player rendition of State of Decay and improving the experience as much as possible, along with adding new content like the sandbox mode.
No worries, though. If you're still in the mood for some multiplayer zombie hunting action with friends and foes alike, Dean “Rocket” Hall and crew are still hard at work on finishing up the DayZ Standalone and it should be primed and ready to head into public alpha before the summer is out... hopefully.
You can learn more about State of Decay over on the official Undead Labs website. Alternatively, you can pick up a digital copy of the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace right now.