The sequel in the State of Decay franchise is being developed using Unreal Engine 5 with the help of the renowned development team.
State of Decay 3, the sequel to the Xbox zombie survival series, is being developed using Unreal Engine 5 with help from The Coalition, the team behind Gears of War. Season 3 will take fans back to the immersive universe hinted at in State of Decay and its sequel. The game will offer a new story and environment, along with some of the mechanics that have appeared in previous Gears of War installments. State of Decay was developed by Undead Labs, but it looks like the Xbox team is trying to make the upcoming title bolder than previous installments in the series. Taking advantage of the tools in Unreal Engine 5, while using gameplay from the Gears of War franchise, will have the potential to make this sequel a force to be reckoned with.
Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty recently talked about the development of State of Decay 3 on Xbox’s Major Nelson podcast. This is good news for fans of the series, especially since not much has been known about the franchise recently. Booty announced that Undead Labs is working with the studio behind Gears of War – The Coalition to bring new technologies into the State of Decay. He also noted that a lot of the ideas in season 2 could return to a new look in the franchise’s next game. However, this does not mean that the construction of the State of Decay is going perfectly. There have been multiple product delays, along with claims of toxic work environments at Undead Labs.
Indeed, if things at Undead Labs are progressing without issue, there may not be a need to bring another studio into the project. However, it is hoped that the developers have successfully addressed the issues with workplace practices and are moving forward with a clearer vision of this third game. There were many reports of problems in the Undead Labs studio, all of which suggested that the team could not agree on a direction for the game.
Of course, State of Decay 3 is just one of several AAA games coming to Xbox Series X. But that doesn’t mean fans should ignore the experience issues. The second installment in the series has grown in popularity and many players have come to enjoy the State of Decay universe. As the sequel continues to be developed, gamers can expect that the game will be as engaging as its predecessors.
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