Undead Labs’ zombie apocalypse game promises more than just combat, so here’s some gardening tips.
Cob Cannons and Tall Nuts don’t seem to be on the menu, but if your State of Decay survivors want to prosper in this dead-means-dead zombie apocalypse they’d better start tending their plants. Lone survivors will not do well in this brave new world, but groups need to get fed and that means finding and cultivating renewable food sources. Like this lovely garden, for instance; seems remarkably open to zombie attack, but perhaps these survivors have already dealt with that problem.
“It’s not just about combat,” says Undead Labs, “it’s about doing what you must do to stay alive. Food, water, shelter, and ammo – you’ll need them all.” It’s an evolving world system, and while you can pillage the area roundabout for resources – spiffy tents, for instance – eventually you’ll run out, and once you do it’s time to start worrying about the future. “Zombies are attracted to noise and activity,” Undead Labs warns, so you’ll need to be cautious about your expansion. However once you’ve dealt with the dead you’ll need to dig in, and the trailer illustrates how that can be achieved.
Presumably the game will never turn into Farmville: Zombie Apocalypse Edition. However if Undead Labs can pull it off, adding survivalist problems to the zombie genre could bring something very interesting to an otherwise tired formula. State of Decay still hasn’t got a release date, but when it hits it will be on Xbox 360, XBLA and PC.