State of Decay 3 gets a new cinematic trailer at Xbox Games Showcase

State of Decay 3
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State of Decay 3 just got a brand-new cinematic trailer at the Xbox Games Showcase 2024. 

It's been almost four years since Undead Labs unveiled the next game in its State of Decay series, and while there's still no news on a release date, the studio did share a new trailer today (June 9) showcasing State of Decay 3's cast of characters as they fight for survival against a terrifying horde of zombies.

Created in Unreal Engine 5, State of Decay 3 is a four-player co-operative game and will feature narrative systems centered around the four characters we see in the trailer.

"Set years after a zombie apocalypse nearly wiped out humankind, State of Decay 3 is the next evolution in the State of Decay franchise," reads the game description. "As the zombie threat continues to claim lives, you must fight back and reclaim lost ground, carving out a life for your community of survivalist homesteaders.

"It’s always been important to us that State of Decay is a kind of every person’s survival experience," said studio head and head of product Philip Holt (via Xbox Wire). 

"This is not a hero’s journey as a sort of literary structure. Instead, the world of State of Decay is the story of environmental transformation, which reveals the things that are already inherently worthy in our survivors. Things like ingenuity, resilience, adaptability, collectivism - those are the traits that lead to survival."

Undead Labs was acquired by Microsoft in 2018, and according to creative director Kevin Patzelt, he doesn't think the team could've achieved State of Decay 3’s vision if it wasn't for the publisher.

"I think if had we stayed independent, there’s just no way we could have had the time and the space and the support that we needed to be where we are today and to put out what we know we can make. It’s a different pressure," Patzelt said. "It’s not like that anymore. And I feel like as a team, at least in my career, I’ve never felt so supported to make what we know we want to make."

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