Case #

07.3.15

Researcher

Subject

Moonrise, News

Solari Safari: Thorn Heath

DUNCAN: Hello again! It’s me, the trusty explorer Duncan with more tales of this great land of ours.

Duncan

You remember Duncan, right?

It’s come to my attention that many of you crave stories of the fantastic creatures that roam the wilderness. Now, I’ve certainly encountered many Lunari in my travels, but I’m no Warden. I don’t have experience battling, curing, and recruiting these beasts. So, for this series of tales, I’ve done a little recruiting of my own, bringing in some acquaintances to help out.

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Case #

06.26.15

Researcher

Subject

News, State of Decay

State of Decay 2 Year Anniversary Shirts Are In!

Look what we just got into the office!

Thanks to Microsoft’s generosity in our Community efforts, we have an extra 700 t-shirts on hand.  Would you like one? We’re giving them away. http://undeadlabs.com/2015/06/news/2-years-of-decay/

All you have to do is enter. We’ll take it from there. These are on a first come, first serve basis, so don’t wait! The contest ends Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Case #

06.26.15

Researcher

Subject

Moonrise, News

Moonrise Travel Guide Part 4: Tajiri Station

Back for more, are you? Well, you don’t need to twist my arm to get a story out of Duncan! Gather ‘round and listen to the mysterious tale of Tajiri Station!

I must warn you in advance, this story might pose more questions than answers. I can’t take the blame for that. You see, Tajiri Station isn’t a typical town. Sure, I’ve told you about Qurada Colony, which clings precariously to the side of a great stone bluff in the Agarid Barrens, and of Kijang Village, built up the trunks of the Great Trees of Kunisi Wood. But trust me, Tajiri Station is stranger still!

First of all, you won’t find Tajiri on many maps. Most folks wouldn’t even recognize the name. And if you told them that it was located at the bottom of the Shallow Sea, they’d probably call you crazy or accuse you of telling tall tales. But I’ve walked along its tunnels and I can tell you it’s most certainly real!

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Case #

06.19.15

Researcher

Subject

Moonrise, News

Moonrise Travel Guide Part 3: Kijang Village

I can see by the expression on your face that you’re looking for another story. Well, you’re in luck, because I was just thinking back on the time I spent in one of my favorite places: the treetop settlement of Kijang Village.

To the eyes of someone unused to the region, the village of Kijang must seem alien indeed. Instead of planting their homes and businesses on the ground like most folks, the people of Kunisi Wood long ago came up with the bright idea to build right up the sides of the massive trees that dominate the landscape. This put the town out of reach of wild Shrubbles and Kitzapps, prevented the need for clearing land, and over the generations it’s also bolstered the people’s link to the health of the forest. After all, if your life literally depends on the trees continuing to stand, you’re pretty invested in keeping those trees happy!

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Case #

06.12.15

Researcher

Subject

Moonrise, News

Moonrise Travel Guide Part 2: Qurada Colony

Welcome back, my friend!

As you may recall, my name is Duncan and I’m a bit of an explorer. I’m also a bit of a storyteller, as you’ve no doubt gathered! Today I’ll recount some of my experiences in the desert region known as the Agarid Barrens, particularly the area around Qurada Colony.

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I neglected this region for many years of my exploring career, preferring instead to spend my time in other areas. I suppose I believed the stories that it was nothing more than a harsh, desolate place, devoid of life or anything worth seeing. But as any explorer worth their salt will tell you, it’s often the overlooked places that are most rewarding to visit!

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Case #

06.10.15

Researcher

Subject

News, State of Decay

2 Years of Decay

Hey Survivors!

Can you believe that it’s been two years already since we launched the original State of Decay?  Time flies when you’re surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.

We wouldn’t be here, two years later, without you – our amazing, dedicated, and supportive fans. And we want to reward that dedication with a Summer of Zed giveaways.

First up, we’re kicking off our  “2 Years of Decay” contest in which four lucky players will win their choice of either an Xbox One or Alienware Alpha Console, and 50 runners up will win a limited edition anniversary t-shirt designed by the Labs’ very own Brant Fitzgerald.

How can you enter? Easy:

Take a picture of yourself flashing the number two, (2 fingers in the air) in front of anything with the State of Decay logo on it (a game screen, some swag, a boxed copy – you name it) and then share it with the world on social media with the hashtag #2YearsSOD! (No exclamation point necessary.) (more…)

Case #

06.5.15

Researcher

Year 2 Recollections

Hello fellow survivors,

On this very day two years ago, several hundred thousand of you took a chance and bought a little Xbox Live Arcade game named State of Decay. You had no idea who made it, or what it was all about, but you clearly loved survival-fantasy games and had a true gamer’s appetite for innovation and new gaming experiences. You may not have known that most of the development team behind the game — the artists, programmers, designers, musicians, animators, testers, and producers at Undead Labs — had been awake all night, waiting to see how you would react to a game that didn’t follow any established templates, and even broke fundamental design rules with mechanics like permadeath.

And, much to our joy (and, yeah, relief), the vast majority of you loved it. And told your friends. And streamed it on Twitch. And posted videos to YouTube. And tweeted about it. And over the next few months, State of Decay became the fastest-selling original* game of all time on Xbox Live Arcade, and went on to sell millions of copies on Xbox 360, Steam, and Xbox One.

And you know, two years later on, as we work on Big Things for the future of State of Decay, it’s a good time for all of us at Undead Labs and Microsoft to take a deep breath and reflect on exactly why we’re here, and why we have the opportunity to work on Big Things. I know it’s cliche to thank your customers, and sometimes it’s kind of like your mom saying “I love you” — she probably says it every day and you kind of start taking it for granted. But man, she means it from her heart. And so do we. Thank you for getting us here. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to keep working on Big Things. And thank you for being the kind of gamers who will take a chance on innovation.

Onward.

Jeff
June 5, 2015

* Curse you Minecraft! 😉

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Case #

06.5.15

Researcher

Moonrise Travel Guide Part 1: Gateway

Well hello there!

My name is Duncan, and in my years I’ve explored nearly every corner of this land…and some of the sea as well! Lately it’s come to my attention that folks like you are interested in hearing some of my stories about the places I’ve seen. As my good friend Hoku will confirm, there’s nothing I like more than telling a story…other than telling a story while enjoying a fine beverage, of course!

So pull up a chair and sit a spell, and I’ll begin my world tour with a quiet little town called Gateway.

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Case #

06.2.15

Researcher

Get your official permits here—it’s “Hunting Season” in State of Decay!

Ah, Trumbull Valley, where you can always find fresh Zeds on the pond, in the fields, and out back by the barn. You could say it gets downright infestational at times.

As part of the new Hunting Season Xbox Live Monthly Challenge, players who kill 200 zombies with firearms before the end of the month will unlock an exclusive reward—the Burning Diplomat, a custom revolver that fires incendiary shotgun rounds! Yeah, THAT could come in handy during Hunting Season.

And before you set out, make sure all your licenses and such are in order. Undead Labs’ very own Master Gunsmith, Brant Fitzgerald, not only designed the Burning Diplomat but also a whole set of authentic Trumbull Valley hunting permits and licenses to make it official.

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Case #

05.27.15

Researcher

Subject

Events, Moonrise, News, Steam

Moonrise Early Access is LIVE

We are proud and excited to announce that Moonrise is now on Steam’s Early Access list. The early feedback has been amazing! Thank you to all our beta testers, streamers, YouTubers, guide writers, and fan art creators for joining the fun.

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