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State of Decay 2 is at its highest player count ever, new content coming

State of Decay
State of Decay (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • State of Decay 2 is a third-person survival game from Xbox Game Studios.
  • The game keeps on getting new content through updates.
  • State of Decay 2 has been played by five million gamers.
  • You can access the game through Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab).

A while back, State of Decay 2 launched to mixed reviews. The game was praised for its deep survival mechanics, but the fact that it exhibited frame rate issues even on Xbox One X, and suffered from numerous glitches, was unacceptable. Undead Labs released a number of patches which fixed a lot of problems, and it's quite stable in its current state. Oddly enough, the negative reviews haven't stopped the title from becoming incredibly popular.

For those who don't know, State of Decay 2 is a co-op multiplayer game which forces you to survive in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. Players have to work together, build bases, and form communities if they wish to forge a new life in this hostile land. You can currently purchase the title at various retailers starting at $30, or play it with your $10-a-month Xbox Game Pass subscription.

In a recent interview with Polygon, the game's Senior Designer Quin Richards said, "We're five million players, and we're looking to grow." In November 2018, the game was at four million players. The growth has definitely been steady since then.

Microsoft is probably quite pleased with State of Decay 2's performance because developer Undead Labs is now a part of Xbox Game Studios. The game probably keeps on growing because it receives frequent updates which add new weapons, mission, and more. Hopefully, this aggressive post-launch support will continue well into the future.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

2 Comments
  • This is weird. They said in April this year that 5m people played the game.
    So when he says "We're five million players". Is he talking about active players or just the number of players who played the game. This looks like the number of players who played the game, but in that case what is the number of active players? And what is their definition of active player? A player who played it at least once a day, month, quarter...?
  • I doubt it's active players, I mean that would be incredible if it was that high after all this time. I personally really enjoy the game and find it very addictive having put in hundreds of hours but I can see it only appealing to a niche of gamers who like the micro managing of communities and bases in a hostile environment. It has a very strong passionate following out there who seem to play nothing else.