State of Decay 2 gets massive patch that improves networking and stability

A few days ago, State of Decay 2 launched to mixed reviews around the world. The game was praised for its deep mechanics, but the fact that it exhibited frame rate issues even on Xbox One X and suffered from numerous glitches was a cause for concern. Luckily, the developer just released a new patch which brings long-awaited changes.

According to Undead Labs, the most noticeable changes in this patch include stability, performance and multiplayer improvements. The update comes in at a whopping 20 GB on Xbox One and includes a massive number of quality-of-life fixes throughout the game. Some of the main changes are listed below.

  • Increased stability.
  • Improved networking interactions.
  • Improved networked vehicle interactions.
  • Numerous networking bandwidth and CPU improvements.
  • Elimination of certain crashes.
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  • Grenades no longer get stuck and explode in front of you or behind your head.
  • Flashlight beams no longer cast shadows from the player.
  • Fixed issue with doors appearing open while they were closed and vice versa.
  • Fixed rare issue that could prevent the "Warlord" story from being completed.
  • Fixed rare issue that could block the "Sheriff" story from starting.
  • Zombies no longer become immune to the "Assault Kick" move.
  • Fixed areas in the maps where players were getting stuck.

It's great to see the developer quickly address a wide range of problems. Hopefully more patches will hit the game soon so it can become a polished experience. Surprisingly, this hasn't stopped the title from being enjoyed by countless gamers around the world. A few days ago, Microsoft announced that State of Decay 2 crossed a million players since its May launch.

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 survive in this hostile land. You can purchase the game for $29.99, or play it for free if you're a $9.99 Xbox Game Pass subscriber.

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Asher Madan

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  • Heh, I was planning on playing SD2 all weekend :(
  • They've got A LOT more to do, but it's a start. At least they are addressing issues.
  • This game is a lot of fun, glad to see they keep working to improve it :)
  • Hey i tought this patch is going to fix it but when i start the game it shows me the logo then the screen goes black and crashed without an error
  • Try redownloading the game after uninstalling it.
  • i did but it didnt work
  • Keep your money mine bricked after the 20gb update and it blackscreens when you continue or try to start a new game. Others are having the same problem:
  • A lot of bugs have disappeared like the gate state and flashlight but a lot are still remaining like NPC's running home if they can't get into the car quickly enough which means you can't ever pick them up and the car suspension system or lack of it trapping you when you go over any type of angle.
    Hopefully these fixes come out on a regular basis and get this game to the state it should be in because at it's heart there is a good addictive game there.