Starting on Friday, PC gamers can play the open-world zombie game State of Decay. Developer Undead Labs is releasing the beta through Steam Early Access.

The Early Access version will cost $20 to purchase. Buying it will entitle you to all future updates, including the final version when it goes live. The trade-off to get your hands on the game earlier than expected is that there are going to be some warts on it.

"What you’ll see this Friday, if you choose to join forces with us to make the PC version kick ass, is a test version," Undead Lab says on their website. "It’s not ready to be reviewed. It will not be perfect. It may still have crashes."

Furthermore, you'll need a controller to play it. Mouse-and-keyboard support won't be added until a later date. Undead recommends you use an Xbox 360 Controller for Windows. Third-party gamepads may work as well, but the developers haven't tested those extensively so that might be an unreliable solution. If malfunctioning controls frustrate you, though, you might want to skip the beta altogether.

"This process is not for everyone. Casual players, the easily frustrated, and the short of time should NOT get the Early Access version. Hey, I am all three of those things, y’all. Those are not criticisms. It’s just that we want everyone to have the experience that best suits their needs. You all deserve the best, so if you’re not into giving feedback, just wait a few months and play the final version after we make it great."

State of Decay was released on Xbox 360 earlier this year. The game tasks players with organizing a group of survivors in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. They must create a base and keep it well-supplied while also fighting off the undead hordes.

The PC version will come with the same content as its 360 counterpart. Undead is promising a few enhancements, though. PC gamers can look forward to higher resolutions as well as smoother framerates. The game won't ship with a toolset but the developers say they have no objections to modders toying with their product.

The official release of the PC version is expected by the end of 2013. Between now and then, Undead will release a Sandbox Mode for the Xbox 360 version to allow for multiple, progressively harder playthroughs of the game.

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