Case #

04.14.15

Researcher

Digital Pre-Orders for YOSE!

I feel like bursting into song. How’s that one go… let the bodies hit the floor? LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR. Ahem. Sorry.

On Steam: State of Decay: YOSE

On XB1: State of Decay: YOSE

Most of your questions are going to be answered here: YOSE FAQ

But I’ll repeat the most common question right here: “How do I get the 33% discount promised to returning players?” The answer is “buy it on either Steam or Xbox with the same account you used to buy the original. The discount will be applied automatically.

We are so excited to be launching the definitive edition of State of Decay. We really hope you like it, and that you who have been with us all along feel appreciated! Please tune in to today’s live stream over at our new Twitch channel – http://twitch.tv/undeadlabs – at 1:00 PM PDT/4 PM EDT/9 PM UT where the team will be playing it and answering questions.

 

Case #

04.3.15

Researcher

Achievements to Rock and Unlock

As if we were going to miss the chance to add more achievements to State of Decay! The release of Year One: Survival Edition was a golden opportunity to add a whole bunch of Xbox Achievements to the entire game, both Original Recipe and the two DLCs. As we prepare for the launch on April 28, we’re doing a lot of infrastructure preparation, and there’s a chance the new achievements could be seen. Since we always want you, our kickass community, to be the first to hear any news…feast your eyes on this glorious list. (This is every one of the achievements, adding up to a total of 1500G. FIFTEEN HUNDRED achievement points. The new goodies are in bold type.)

Oh, and if you are reading this and yet you’ve never played State of Decay… spoiler alert.

Achievement Name Points How You Get It
Original Game
Cannibal Family Picnic 10 Got to the Mt. Tanner Ranger Station.
Holy Rolling 20 Escaped Mt. Tanner and found the survivors at the church.
Survivor 50 Escaped Trumbull County.
It Was Just a Police Action 20 Found out what the Army was up to.
Home on the Grange 20 Played matchmaker for Quentin and Becca.
Arrested Developments 20 Saw things through at the courthouse.
Gun Thugs 20 Helped the Wilkersons resolve their differences.
Pest Control 30 Destroyed 5 infestations in one day.
Watch the Birdie! 20 Distracted zombies to complete an objective.
I Can See My House From Here 20 Completed a survey activity.
Land Usage 30 Built one of every type of facility.
Home Improvement 20 Built a facility.
I’ll Be There For You 20 Earned 500 Fame.
Mercy Shot 20 Killed a member of your community to prevent them from turning.
Come and Knock On Our Door 20 Convinced another enclave to join your community.
Manifest Destiny 30 Built 8 outposts.
Everywhere You Look 30 Got 15 people in your community.
Movin’ On Up! 30 Relocated your home base.
Rule #1 25 Maxed out a community member’s Cardio skill.
Trust Me, I’m an Expert 30 Earned a skill specialization for one of your community members.
Horde Hoard 30 Destroyed 10 hordes in one day.
Ya Always Were An A-Hole Gorman 20 Sacrificed your life in a blaze of glory.
Torn Apart 20 Got killed by zombies.
Get Yo’ Freak On 20 Killed one of each freak zombie type.
The Bruce 30 Killed 3 zombies with an exploding propane tank.
Double Dead 30 Performed a hand to hand double kill special attack.
Gotta Enjoy the Little Things 10 Used a car door to kill a zombie.
Get Outta My Dreams 30 Killed one of each freak zombie type with your car.
Vehicular Zombicide 30 Ran over 250 zombies.
Badass 50 Completed 50 missions or activities with the same character.
Get Over Here 20 Invited a community member to follow you.
Serial Monogamist 30 Invited a community member to follow you 10 times.
Order at DZ 20 Intercepted a mysterious supply drop.
Letters from Cleo 30 Intercepted 5 mysterious supply drops.
Rule #2 25 Maxed out a community member’s Shooting skill.
Rule #18 25 Maxed out a community member’s Fighting skill.
Rule #31 25 Maxed out a community member’s Wits skill.
Apples and Beans 20 Fixed delicious snacks 5 times.
Powder and Primer 20 Crafted ammunition 5 times.
Watch the World Burn 30 Killed 25 zombies with incendiary shotguns.
Breakdown
The Sacrifice 10 Went out in a Blaze of Glory at Breakdown Level 1 or Higher.
The Dead Man 10 Destroyed 5 Bloaters at Breakdown Level 2 or Higher.
The Judge 10 Performed 50 Zombie Executions at Breakdown Level 3 or Higher.
The Survivor 10 Collected 150 Resources at Breakdown Level 4 or Higher.
The Mercenary 10 Destroyed 5 Juggernauts at Breakdown Level 5 or Higher.
The Ninja 10 Executed 50 Stealth Kills at Breakdown Level 5 or Higher.
The Scientist 30 Reached Breakdown Level 6.
The Rescuer 50 Unlocked All Heroes.
The Friend 10 Reached Breakdown Level 2.
The Convict 15 Reached Breakdown Level 3.
The Gunner 20 Reached Breakdown Level 4.
The Veteran 25 Reached Breakdown Level 5.
The Scholar 10 Completed All Research Projects at Breakdown Level 1 or Higher.
The Phoenix 10 Burned 100 Zombies with Fire at Breakdown Level 2 or Higher.
The Fighter 10 Destroyed 5 Ferals at Breakdown Level 3 or Higher.
The Sniper 10 Earned 25 Headshot Streaks at Breakdown Level 4 or Higher.
Lifeline
Wired for War 20 Killed 100 zombies with Drone Strikes.
Rucks in Trucks 10 Delivered 6 rucksacks to your base in the back of a single vehicle.
Under Siege 20 Survived 10 sieges on your base in a single playthrough.
Maverick 10 Survived 2 minutes within a Danger Zone.
Flugtag 10 Sent an energy drink flying.
Freak Hunt 10 Completed all hunting missions with Sasquatch.
War Never Changes 25 Survived detonating a nuclear device in Danforth.
Last Voice of Danforth 25 Escaped Danforth with Vienna Cho in your community.
The Doctor 15 Successfully extracted Thomas Horn.
The Surgeon 15 Successfully extracted Julene Horn.
The Bureaucrat 15 Successfully extracted Michele Martin.
The Examiner 15 Successfully extracted Timothy Hall.
The Scion 15 Successfully extracted Hadley Westen.
The Colleague 15 Successfully extracted Dan Bogatz.
The Protégée 15 Successfully extracted Madison Grant.
The Operator 15 Successfully extracted Eldridge.

We hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed coming up with them.

Case #

03.31.15

Researcher

Subject

News, Q&A, State of Decay

One Month Until YOSE!

That’s right. Four weeks left until April 28, and the launch of Year One: Survival Edition. We’ve already kicked off the fun with our Last Human Standing game, and already the dice have dealt out some serious mayhem among the nearly 400 participants. There will be more, smaller contests to come as we gear up for the big celebration in four weeks.

For now, we’re starting with the facts. Or the FAQ. If you have any questions about YOSE, check out the post, and if your own question isn’t there, let us know so we can get it handled for you.

Note: Tomorrow is April Fool’s, my least favorite day of the year. The Undead Labs forums, website, and social media channels are April Fool Free Zones. But I still won’t be posting updates unless I absolutely have to. Feel free to join me on the forum, where it’s safe to believe what you read.

Case #

03.26.15

Researcher

Will You Be the Last Human Standing?

To celebrate the impending launch of Year One: Survival Edition, we are running a version of one of our favorite forum games: Last Human Standing. Do you have the good fortune necessary to survive the apocalypse and win copies of YOSE, swag, or even a new XB1 console*?

You and your fellow survivors start out with a weapon chosen from a list during sign up, and a hundred hit points. And then… the dice come out. We roll for damage or heals and post the updates in a forum thread. All you really have to do is be there, because we’re handling all the boring bits. There will be prizes for the survivors and the dead.

The apocalypse party kicks off on Monday, March 30, 2015 at noon PDT. After that, the sign up sheet will be closed to new survivors and the game begins. The game will run until there’s only one last human standing. So check out the rules, head to the sign up sheet, and join the best community around as we celebrate YOSE our way. (The official fine print is here, in case you’re curious.)

*I am completely bummed to have to say that legally we cannot ship the console outside the United States. However, we love our WHOLE community, and the game is open to everyone around the world. And of course, game codes have no borders ;)

Case #

03.19.15

Researcher

The YOSE Debut Trailer

I have been unable to stop watching this thing since it was delivered. It’s all real gameplay footage, no animations or cut scenes or anything you couldn’t find in the game as a normal person. And the thing that makes it more awesome than any other trailer ever made? There is only one traditional media/reviewer quote. All the rest of the quotes come from you. That’s right, the brag quotes are from regular players who happened to be posting the day we were looking for quotes. We are so proud of State of Decay, and of YOSE. Thanks for helping to make it awesome.

Read more here: http://news.xbox.com/2015/03/games-yose-debut-trailer

See you on the XB1 – and Steam! – on April 28th.

(The celebration begins April 2.)

(Because I don’t do anything on April 1.)

Case #

03.13.15

Researcher

PAX East Roundup

It wasn’t even a week ago, and I’m not sure I believe it actually happened.

At one point on Thursday night, we had canceled our appearance at PAX East. Seriously. We’d made the call. Jeff was going to go demo in the Xbox pavilion, and I was going to sit alone in our giant booth explaining to everyone who showed up that our team had been unable to get out of Detroit, where they had been diverted following the closure of their actual layover airport.

Two things saved the show: One, or I should say one through six? Richard, Chris, Chris, Aaron, John, and Nick. Plus a half dozen more and equally intrepid volunteers who were willing, but I ultimately didn’t need. These people put on badges, some scrounged swag shirts, and demoed our games like it was no big deal. It was exactly like those rock and roll movies where the lead singer yells out, “Our guitarist broke his hand! Does anyone know the solo?” And the guy in the front row says “No problem,” and climbs on the stage and owns the hell out of it. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Two of our volunteers had more than a thousand hours of time, each, in State of Decay.

The other thing that saved PAXEast was the gang from the Lab. When Jeff told them to give up, go home, we can’t find a flight that would get anyone here in time, these lunatics beloved colleagues started talking about renting a Winnebago and driving to the next valley… I mean Boston. It was just an eleven hour drive through ice and snow for a bunch of people that think Seattle actually has a winter! But they managed to cobble together a redeye flight, a shuttle bus, some kind of detour involving New York City pizza at four in the morning that I don’t fully understand, naps on the airport floor, and camping the gate agent spawn in order to fly standby on multiple flights. The first of them arrived just as the show started, and took their places beside our volunteers. Throughout the day, more and more Lab people made it in, until finally it was all (official) developers sharing our games with our players.

This team, and this community, are collectively the best I’ve ever known. It was a PAX miracle.

And it was totally freaking worth it, because no matter how insane that all was, we were even more insanely excited about getting players hands-on with YOSE and Moonrise. We loved seeing people come through the State of Decay side of the booth and lighting up when they saw for themselves how smooth it was. We loved seeing the reactions to all the things we were putting in for the fans that got us where we are today. We were pumped to see people really getting into the Moonrise combat, and understanding what we were trying to do. This isn’t a full list of the media coverage, but if you weren’t able to attend, I wanted you to see a little of what our visitors and friends had to say:

Game Informer, on YOSE: “If you haven’t yet played the zombie apocalypse simulator, you’re in for some fun.”

Game Informer, on Moonrise: “It made a stellar first impression, and I want to play more.”

iDigitalTimes, on Moonrise: “The upcoming creature collecting game…could very well be one of the year’s biggest sleeper hits.”

MassivelyOverpowered, on Moonrise: “It’s solid, responsive, and designed to cater to many different strategies and team layouts.”

MMORPG, on YOSE: (VIDEO) “The much-anticipated Xbox One edition…with tons of upgrades and bells and whistles added.”

MMORPG, on Moonrise: (VIDEO) “We took the PC beta for a spin and came back with these thoughts on what we’ve played so far.”

Sprites and Dice, on Moonrise: “If you’ve been looking for a game that will make the monster battling genre evolve to the next level?  This is going to be it.”

Twinfinite, on YOSE: “With dozens of new weapons, vehicles, and content, State of Decay just got that much more re-playable.”

 

I know there’s more out there. There are fifty media kits floating around. If you wrote something up, let me know so I can include you.

Oh, one other small thing. We have changed the Moonrise twitter handle. If you are interested in our tactical creature battler, please follow at http://twitter.com/MoonriseGame, not MoonriseMobile – we’re not just for mobile anymore!

Next up… getting ready to launch YOSE. Stay tuned.

Case #

03.5.15

Researcher

Friday At PAX East

Well, it’s like I said on the forum – I don’t hope we have the best community online, I know we have the best community online.

Jeff and I arrived today to do the show set up. The rest of Undead Labs team working the show…flew out today and is stuck in travel limbo due to the weather.

The good news is that they are now in the air, and we may be reunited!

The gang is all... in Detroit!

The gang is all… in Detroit!

The bad news is they won’t be here when the show starts tomorrow.

But the good news is that our community has stepped up and offered to help us kick some ass to make sure the show does, in fact, go on. We are so grateful to everyone who has offered their help, and we ask that if you come by and see us in 3092 tomorrow, to keep in mind that you’re meeting players just like you.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in with offers of help and encouragement, and thanks for all the kind words from you all living around the world. If I could teleport you from Australia and Europe and Brazil and South Africa, I would!

 

Case #

03.4.15

Researcher

Subject

Moonrise, News, Steam

Moonrise Coming To Steam

As promised last night, we have some big news for Moonrise.

We are bringing our beautiful creature battler and its unique PVP to Steam. We will be handing out beta keys to people who try it at PAX East this weekend, and we’ll move into Early Access after we assimilate the feedback we get from the beta.

Of course, Steam players will be sharing the world and doing battle with our players on mobile devices.

We believe we have something very original and special with Moonrise, and we’re excited to bring it to a much wider audience – PC and Macs to start. This is only the beginning.

Note to media friends: We’re in #3092 at PAX East this weekend if you’d like to come by!

Case #

03.3.15

Researcher

PAX East Is Going To Be Amazing

We’re putting the final touches on our plans for PAX East! Here is what you can expect if you are planning to go to the show this weekend:


State of Decay will be there in all its Year One Survival Edition glory. Check out the beautifully remastered game, with its new weapons, newly playable characters (helloooo, Sasquatch), new vehicles, and lovely redone mechanics. And more. We’re coming out on April 28 on XB1 and Steam.

If you already own State of Decay, and you buy it on the Xbox One/Steam with the same gamer tag/account you used to buy the original, you will get 33% off and an exclusive hero, Gurubani.

If you get the game the first week of launch, you’ll get a special Prepper Pack. The exclusives in there are a new folding axe weapon, a new modified SKS firearm…it has a grenade launcher, for crying out loud…and the Prepper SUV.

Please note that if you get the disk version, you won’t be able to get the thank you discount and Gurubani, because the retail systems are completely different. The disk doesn’t have those files. But the first print run will have the Prepper Pack, so as long as you grab a copy as soon as you see it on the shelf, you should be good to go.

I’m told you’ll be able to see the lead designer of SOD on the official show Twitch stream on Saturday at 2:30, so check it out.

Microsoft will also be hosting YOSE in the big Xbox booth, where they’ll be doing pre-order giveaways. Some of us will be in that booth making sure you enjoy yourselves, so be sure to ask your demo person what he does at the Lab!

And if you just want to come hang out with us at PAX? Awesome! We love meeting you guys, it’s a real honor and privilege for us. We’ll be doing our live action form-a-survivor-enclave game for players waiting in the line to play YOSE, there’s a sick new trailer to watch, and the special fan demo – no waiting in line required – is on Saturday. Check our forum post for the details.

- Moonrise. We’ve got some big news coming very soon, so come check the site tomorrow, but for right now I can tell you that we’ve made a ton of progress on our creature battler. We will be giving out the second Moonrise Pinny Arcade pin (of a series of three) to each person who does the demo.
Here it is fresh from the printer! Coming soon to a Moonrise tower near you.

Here it is fresh from the printer! Coming soon to a Moonrise tower near you.

Our PVP tournament will happen daily starting at three, and all you need to enter is a Moonrise pin. One winner each day will walk away with a brand new iPad Air 2. And it’s going to be super fun to watch, too. We’ll be shoutcasting the games so everyone will know what’s going on.

If you can’t make it to PAX, tune in to the tournament live stream on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3:00 PM EST/noon PST: http://twitch.tv/undeadlabs

There’s probably a ton more stuff I’m forgetting, but I’m just way excited right now. Come by, or send your friends, to Booth 3092!

 

Case #

02.16.15

Researcher

Subject

News, State of Decay

London Calling For YOSE

Our friends at Microsoft hosted a media event in London at the end of last week, and the press embargo was lifted this morning. I can’t wait to see what the attendees had to say, but in the meantime, here are the new details from the release that went out on the Xbox Wire:

If you grab Year One: Survival Edition on the first day we’re out, you’ll get the Prepper’s Pack, which includes:

– New super cool folding axe weapon

– New modified SKS firearm…it has a grenade launcher

– The Prepper SUV

We also clarified that the digital release (on XB1 and Steam) will be worldwide on April 28. In many places, the physical disk copy for XB1 will be on sale April 28 as well. (If you live in a region — mostly in the EU — whose retailers only puts new games on shelves on Fridays, you may to wait until May 1.)

And, just a reminder: If you already own the game and you feel inclined to upgrade, we want to thank you with a 33% discount and an exclusive hero named Gurubani Kaur. You have to upgrade with the account you used to buy the original, but the discount will then be automatic.

If you’re excited about what you’re reading, and you’ll be at PAX East, be sure to hit me for an appointment. sanya at undeadlabs dot com is the address!