State of Decay's Upcoming Pure Survival Mode Detailed
Written Monday, June 24, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Developer Undead Labs is working on a ‘Pure Survival’ mode for State of Decay and studio founder Jeff Strain has lifted the lid on what we can expect.
Discussing the game’s main campaign, Strain said, “The game is basically a giant simulation of zombies versus humans. The narrative we tell gives you some context and drives you through the experience, and there is a beginning, middle and end.
“I think people take between 15 and 25 hours to play the entire game, and we found that after that, players are immediately restarting. Every playthrough is different, but the story is the same every time.”
The new ‘Pure Sandbox’ mode is designed to give those players another option.
“After they finish they want to just experience the game in pure sandbox mode and be able to focus on experiencing the world and not worry about completing the story,” said Strain. “We’re going to make that happen.”
In the mode, players will be able to roam around as they see fit, while attempting to stay alive as long as possible. While this happens, the game will track how long you stay alive and your resource gathering skills.
Strain describes it as “SimCity-style simulation.”
Beyond that Strain also commented on the proposed MMO version of the State of Decay, previously discussed here. Currently just a concept, the game is not in active development. When it hits though, it’ll hit next-gen systems.