Undead Labs’ State of Decay 2 was announced back at E3 2016, and after again showing up at last year’s E3, the release date has been set for May 22. The game will be released for the XBox One as well as PC in two versions: The standard edition ($29.99USD), and the Ultimate Edition ($49.99USD). The Ultimate Edition will include early access to State of Decay 2 on May 18, a free XBox One copy of State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition, as well as the Independence Pack and Daybreak Pack DLCs, which will be released at a later date.
The reasoning for the lower-than-expected price points, according to Microsoft GM of Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg, 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.”
Separately, in an official livestream late last week, Undead Labs answered several questions about the game, including questions about multiplayer (which will be 4-player co-op), as well as confirming that the game at first will not have microtransactions. Of course, things regarding the latter might change as the game goes on, but that’s a “wait and see” thing.