State of Decay 3 is well underway since it was first revealed back in 2020, though we have little in the way of information since then. Microsoft Game Studios’ head Matt Booty shared some key insight on the development process and, according to him, The Coalition, famous for Gear of War, is currently aiding the team at Undead Labs.
First reported by Wccftech, during an episode of Xbox’s Major Nelson podcast, the studio head talked about various upcoming projects, specifically Undead Labs and its title State of Decay 3, stating the game is currently being developed on Unreal Engine 5 and how The Coalition is assisting the team on UE 5 tech that’s been used in Gears of War before.
“You mentioned Undead Labs, they’re working with The Coalition up in Vancouver, our Gears of War studio, using some of the technology around Unreal Engine 5 and some of the stuff that’s been in Gears of War before to bring that into State of Decay 3,” Booty stated in a reply to Nelson.
The studio head then further elaborated in detail his visit to the studio, “Last week before last, we spent all day at Undead Labs in Seattle, which was great, getting the update on State of Decay 3, which has really got some cool stuff, in addition to the fact that State of Decay 2 just continues to grow its user base,” further adding, “It’s kind of this stealth thing that just keeps growing, and it was cool to get an update. I think we hit eleven million lifetime players on State of Decay 2 now, which is pretty cool. All of that, the things they are doing there, are really the testbed, the proving grounds, for all the stuff that’s going in State of Decay 3.”
Booty also explained how all the studios under the Xbox belt share and aid each other on new technologies and ideas, in what the studio head calls ‘summits.’ “We’ve had animation summits, UI summits, Unreal Engine summits, physics summits, etc. I think we did in the last year close to 25 of these. That’s our main mechanism for teams to share technology back and forth.”
As for State of Decay 3, the zombie survival horror game has yet to receive a release date, and we’ve only seen one epic cinematic trailer released from Undead Labs since the first announcement back in 2020. Still it’s good to hear new information, and the inner workings at Xbox Game Studios.