State Of Decay 2 For Xbox One And PC Won’t Have Microtransactions
Jeff Strain, the studio head of Undead Labs, confirmed to IGN there won’t be any microtransactions in the upcoming zombie survival game.
Some gamers may think that zombies are overplayed, but State of Decay seems to have brought a fresh perspective to the genre. For that reason, its upcoming sequel is expected to be one of the best Xbox One exclusives for 2018. Recently, Undead Labs participated in an official livestream where it answered questions from its gaming community.
One of the questions pertained to whether or not State of Decay 2 would contain microtransactions, to which the developers stated the game wouldn’t feature microtransactions for now. Later, there may be expansions similar to that of the first game, but it seems unlikely that the survival game would feature the style of micro-purchases that have proven to be controversial. It seems likely, though, that any add-ons that come later in State of Decay 2 would be substantial, as the first game featured entire campaigns as DLC.
The original State of Decay for Xbox 360 features some microtransactions; one of these is the “Prepper’s Pack” for 99 cents. It includes a gun, an SUV, and a melee weapon. While not a microtransaction per se, State of Decay also offered extra content to buy in the form of the Lifeline expansion (which was later bundled with the Year One Survival Edition for Xbox One).
There is no word on why Undead Labs is electing not to offer microtransactions in the sequel. But it may have something to do with the controversy around the business practice that re-emerged after Star Wars: Battlefront II last year.
While State of Decay 2 may not feature any microtransactions, plenty of other games do, and the business practice is not going away
State of Decay 2 will be released on May 22 for Xbox One and Windows PC as a Play Anywhere title. As is the case with every new title published by Microsoft Studios, the game will also be available though Xbox Game Pass on launch day.