Bring On The New Year

We’ve posted our last dev bio for the year, our last bit of lore, and given out our annual holiday wallpaper. There’s nothing left but the annual wrapping-up post. But what can I say? 2015 has been wild – from wonderful highs, to the lowest lows. Through it all, we’ve worked our asses off, and we’ve been lucky enough to have you by our side. Sometimes literally.

We’re still going to be heads down and noses to the grindstone for the foreseeable future, just like Jeff said when he announced the deal with Microsoft for the future of State of Decay. In that post, he said the road would take years to travel. That was nothing but the truth, eh? If you’re reading this — a blog post for a game which had its original release in 2012, for crying out loud — you are by definition a true friend and a fellow traveler. To you, I say thank you. I hope your holidays are happy, your celebrations joyous, and your gaming everything you dreamed of.

Speaking of that? Keep dreaming with us, and stay tuned. Dreams really, really do come true.


(Apologies if Zombie Santa sounds completely different in your head, but that’s what he sounds like in mine.) This year’s holiday wallpaper fits right in with our tradition of something disgusting to adorn your monitor at this festive time of year. We never seem to run out of zombie ideas around here, what can I tell you. Here it is!

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One of the first things I learned when I joined the Lab was how incredible the survivor community was. I have hardly ever met a group of people more generous with their time and talents. I’ve learned a lot about survival preparation from you! One of the many tidbits I picked up was how to build an emergency stockpile of food – dry goods, bottled water, dehydrated packs, and canned goods. But it’s not something we do once and forget. Every year or two, it’s important to refresh the stash, to use the old food and replace it with new.

As we head into the holiday season, I know many of you already have plans to help others by refreshing the canned food stash…by donating the older stuff. Other players have mentioned participating in various canned food drives.

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Who Will Survive With You?

Halloween is not quite two weeks away, and so our thoughts naturally turn to things that go bump in the night, and how we could survive if those things should happen to bite. Here at the Lab, we can’t talk about what we’re doing during the day, but it’s taking every bit of teamwork and inspiration we can muster. What do those two thoughts have to do with one another?

Will you send us a picture of _your_ team for Halloween, and show us what — and who — we’re working for?

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