Sweet, State Of Decay Comes To PC Today

Sweet, State of Decay Is Coming To PC Tomorrow

It's not quite the finished version of the game, but if PC gamers want to get in on the sprawling, weird, generally very enjoyable open-world zombie game State of Decay on their platform of choice, they can do so today.

The game will be launching on Steam Early Access, meaning that for $US20 you'll get a playable but not quite finished version of the game. What that means in greater detail: The game will be crash-prone and will probably have some bugs, and more importantly for some there aren't mouse and keyboard controls yet. You'll have to use an Xbox 360 controller, at least until they get the M&K controls perfected. (The game is currently only available on Xbox Live Arcade, so the original version was designed for a controller.)

In an update at the official game site, Undead Labs' Sanya Weathers explains what early access players can expect, and stresses that this won't be the final-final version of the game.

What you'll see this Friday, if you choose to join forces with us to make the PC version kick arse, is a test version. It's not ready to be reviewed. It will not be perfect. It may still have crashes. What it won't have is a keyboard and mouse interface…not at first. Why not? Over the next however many weeks, we will be putting up versions of the keyboard interface and using your comments and feedback to make it awesome. Right this minute, the Early Access version requires an Xbox 360 controller.

This process is not for everyone. Casual players, the easily frustrated, and the short of time should NOT get the Early Access version. Hey, I am all three of those things, y'all. Those are not criticisms. It's just that we want everyone to have the experience that best suits their needs. You all deserve the best, so if you're not into giving feedback, just wait a few months and play the final version after we make it great.

Sounds good to me! I've been waiting for the PC version to play this game, so I'm in.

[via Polygon]


    I hope there will be a demo like there was for the consoles

    I have been eagerly waiting for this game for months. One of my mates was telling me it was slated for release 2 weeks from now. I hopped onto steam this morning and it was suddenly there, available to buy. After a celebratory cheer and jump, I sat down and purchased it. I am so happy its finally here!

    Is it worth $20 ?

      I just played it about a week ago and it is a fairly short game. Though compared with other forms of media, I'd say it's still worth the $20 admission.

      Part of why it feels short is a combination of a lack of side missions (excluding the spawning missions there are really only a few quests given out by each faction) and the fact that the game effectively penalises you for not playing the game - when you start the game again (based on how much time it was since the last time you played) you'll find that resources have been depleted, a few of the other enclaves have been eliminated, sometimes even survivors die.

      Indeed it is! I played around 9 hours yesterday and the only problem I encountered were minor performance issues. The rest of the game is brilliant.

        Concur. Sometimes mouse look jerks or doesn't quite resolve quickly enough. Also, it might just be my imagination, but there seems to be different sensitivity for the X and Y axises. I've only had a few graphical glitches so far. Really wish they'd implemented a save than that checkpoint shit, but still, good for $20. Definitely not The War Z!

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    I've been waiting for this game for about 6 months, but xbox controller only is a deal breaker for me. I mulled it over overnight and decided that I was not going to splash out on a controller just for this game (as good as the videos look and as much as I am dying to play it). I love the idea of having it in the early access steam beta, but xbox controller only? I'll be waiting for a M+B version, then I'll happily throw three times as much money at it, bugs and all.

    The lack of manual saving (ie, that console checkpoint bullshit) is a sore spot with me. Also, the mouse control can stagger, but otherwise, for $20, it's not too bad so far. The acting and most dialogue is shit, but hey, how often do you get quality acting in games these days? Rarely to say the least.

    Wow what a disappointment. So i paid for early access and it ended up being the finished product and they took my money and developed downloadable content!! WTF, and released this as a an extra..

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