Developer Undead Labs will announce State of Decay 2‘s release date and more details about platform availability during E3 2017, the studio announced today.
“The release date will be revealed, along with gameplay, systems, and so much more, at E3 2017,” Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain in a blog post. “So pace yourselves, mark your calendars, and get ready to party with us this June.”
The game is confirmed for 2017, but as mentioned, we’re expecting to learn a specific date in June 2017, at E3. It’s confirmed for at least PC and Xbox One. On those systems, it’s an Xbox Play Anywhere game, letting those who buy it digitally play on both platforms.
Undead Labs also released a creepy holiday card today; check it out:
State of Decay was originally released in June 2013 for Xbox 360, before coming to PC in 2013. A version of the game called the Year One Survival Edition launched for Xbox One in 2015.
In a statement, Standing Stone added that it has partnered with H1Z1 and PlanetSide developer Daybreak Games (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) to handle publishing services for the games around the world.
According to Standing Stone, it’s brought on veteran developers from the Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online teams.
“The teams remain very much committed to both games and are thrilled to continue development and operations of these games as an independent studio,” it added. “This is an opportunity for us to bring about our dreams while still working on two of the biggest licenses in video games.”
Standing Stone added that “a great many things” are in the works for both games. The developer also assured players that there should be “as little interruption as possible” as part of the changeover.
“Although we are a new studio, we are also the same developers who have been and will continue to work on our games. Our success has always been possible because of your support,” Standing Stone said. “As we move forward, this is more important than ever. The ultimate goal of our new studio is to continue to bring you amazing experiences. We are excited for the future, and we’re thrilled to have you with us on this journey.”
A FAQ further explains that Standing Stone acquired the rights to The Lord of the Rings and Dungeons & Dragons Online, though terms of the deal with Warner Bros. were not disclosed.
“It’s business as usual for both Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online operations and development. Both games will continue along their respective development paths and bring you the content you enjoy,” the FAQ goes on to say.
As for Turbine, the studio remains operational but won’t work on Lord of the Rings Online or Dungeons & Dragons Online any longer. The studio released Batman: Arkham Underworld earlier this year for mobile devices and is also working on another smartphone game, Game of Thrones: Conquest.
All existing Turbine account login information is unchanged, while all purchases, Turbine Points, VIP status, and items acquired through either game’s store will remain attached to your account. Turbine Points will henceforth be known as Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online Points.
Some downtime for both games may occur in the coming weeks, Standing Stone said, adding that its hope is to “minimize the amount of downtime to the least possible.”
A much-anticipated update is now available for Dishonored 2, adding a New Game Plus mode.
As announced last week, Dishonored 2’s take on the mode allows you to replay the game using any Bonecharm traits or runes you discovered during your first playthrough. More importantly, it also allows you to access both Corvo and Emily’s abilities regardless of which character you choose to play as, which should open the door for even more interesting combos.
This free update comes just over a month after the game first released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Another conspicuously absent feature–the ability to go back and replay specific levels–won’t arrive until a new update arrives in January. That will also provide “custom difficulty” settings to tailor the experience to your liking.