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State of Decay 3 is reportedly “far more impressive” than its prequel

State of Decay 3 is expected to make its reintroduction at the Xbox Games Showcase, and one insider has some new details to share about its scope.

State of Decay 3 details Xbox showcase: a zombie deer next to a woman wearing a beanie with a gun

The silence from survival horror specialists Undead Labs since it announced State of Decay 3 a few years back has been eerie, to say the least. The Xbox studio has certainly kept its head down, with only the odd murmurings being heard here and there from its camp. As we approach the big Xbox Games Showcase there’s an expectation that we’ll finally get an update on its progress, and by the sounds of things, it’s going to be pretty darn impressive.

That’s according to Xbox insider Jez Corden, who has been hearing all sorts of exciting tidbits about the game ahead of its expected reintroduction on Sunday, June 9. Corden has spoken about State of Decay 3 a few times in the past, noting on each occasion that it has been simmering away nicely. Now, though, he’s divulged a few key details regarding what Undead Labs is looking to do with the survival game.

“I’ve heard via trusted sources that State of Decay 3 does look far more impressive than its predecessor,” Corden says, “with more attention to visual presentation being a core pillar.” Alongside this, the studio is reportedly upping its focus on immersive narrative beats and working the backstories of community members “more viscerally into gameplay.” Basically, if one of your faves dies, prepare to be emotionally and spiritually crushed. Hopefully, then, it’ll materialize in a much better state than its predecessor did on day one.

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State of Decay 2 released to fairly poor reviews – it sits at a paltry 66 on Metacritic – necessitating a ton of hard work from Undead Labs to bring it up to scratch post-launch. Between the litany of quality-of-life updates, major expansions, and new maps to get brutally murdered on, the open-world game is in a way better state nowadays. Hopefully, though, the studio can avoid the sins of State of Decay 2 when the new Xbox game eventually arrives – whenever that may be – by putting out an expansive, polished experience that doesn’t require years of post-launch support to rectify.

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