State of Decay 2 buyer's guide: Editions, bonuses, and release dates

Microsoft is set to debut the second entry to its zombie-filled survival franchise with State of Decay 2, delivering a variety of improvements upon its predecessor. Packing deeper progression mechanics, a larger world and more undead to kill, there's a lot to look forward to this time around.

With its arrival around the corner, here's a roundup of everything you need to know about the game's launch, available editions, and preorder bonuses.

State of Decay 2 release date

State of Decay 2 is set to launch for Xbox One and Windows 10 on May 22, 2018. However, those who purchased the $49.99 "Ultimate Edition" gained four-day early access over standard copies, on May 18, 2018. Those who play the game through Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription will also gain access alongside the standard release on May 22.

State of Decay 2 preorder bonuses

Depending on where you purchase your copy of State of Decay 2, additional content may be on offer. Preorder bonuses differ by retailers, with different in-game gear up for grabs. Here's a breakdown of the bonuses across the U.S.

  • Microsoft Store: Prepper's Pack: Grasscutter (Blade), Rhames V Truck, Survival supplies
  • Amazon: Survivor's pack: Zed-Swatter (Blunt), Vagabond 4-wheeler, Survival supplies
  • GameStop: SHTF Pack: Zeddpiercer (Blunt), Brogan Rapscallion hatchback, Survival supplies
  • Best Buy: Survival Pack: Skullsplitter (Blade), Miragra seda, Survival supplies

(Note: If you redeem a digital code for State of Decay 2 from any retailer, your copy will be playable on both Xbox One and Windows 10 through Xbox Play Anywhere.)

State of Decay 2 editions

State of Decay 2 (Physical disc)

The main way to play State of Decay 2 is the standard edition, which provides access to the base game on Xbox One. By purchasing this version, you'll be getting nearly all content available at launch. The standard version of State of Decay 2 costs $29.99, with additional bonus content dependent on the retailer. All video game retailers should stock this version worldwide.

State of Decay 2 (Digital)

A digital version of State of Decay 2 is also available for $29.99, sold as a pre-paid code to be redeemed via Xbox Live. Most retailers that stock codes will distribute codes ahead of launch as Xbox Live currency, to give players the chance to preorder and pre-load the title.

Like digital copies purchased directly from the Microsoft Store, these copies of the game will unlock at 12:01 in your time zone. Codes are valid for both Xbox One and Windows 10, with cross-platform purchasing, saves and multiplayer between the two platforms under the "Play Anywhere" program.

State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition (Physical disc)

State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition is the complete package, bundling together all the content needed by a franchise fan. With this edition buyers receive the base game, alongside access to two upcoming content drops titled the Independence and Daybreak expansion packs. This version unlocked four days prior to standard editions on May 18.

This definitive edition also includes a bonus copy of State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition – the original game reworked for Xbox One, with all post-launch content and visual upgrades. Copies of the game are included with the Ultimate Edition package, meaning you won't have the chance to play before State of Decay 2 launches.

State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition is available for preorder at $49.99 across all major retailers.

State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition (Digital)

Like the physical version of the State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition, this digital release provides access to the same content in a different form factor.

By going digital, you'll be receiving a downloadable copy of the game for use across Xbox One and Windows 10 with all additional content transferring between the two platforms. This version of the game also retails for $49.99.

Xbox Game Pass

Although for many State of Decay 2 will be purchased outright, Microsoft is also set to release the game on its Xbox Game Pass subscription service on May 22. As recently unveiled, future Microsoft Studios-published titles will hit the Netflix-style service and remain playable with an active subscription. Xbox Game Pass subscriptions also entitle players to an additional library of over 100 existing games on Xbox One.

Xbox Game Pass subscriptions are priced at $9.99 digitally or $10.99 as gifts, making for a great way to start zombie-slaying on the cheap.

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State of Decay 2 Collectibles Kit

Alongside the release of State of Decay 2, Microsoft is also releasing a "Collectibles Kit," designed for the series' most devoted fans. Although this package doesn't contain the game, the handy box packs a variety of exclusive items tied into its zombie theme. Highlights of this package are a latex zombie mask, 4GB thumb drive, and Steelbook case. You'll also receive an iron-on patch and brain-themed stand to display your case.

State of Decay 2's Collectibles Kit is available exclusively through Best Buy in the U.S, priced at $79.99. The Steelbook case is also available for standalone purchase for $19.99.

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Updated May 17, 2018: We refreshed this guide leading up to the State of Decay 2 launch.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.