X gon’ give it to ya.
State of Decay 2 developer Undead Labs has confirmed the specific Xbox One X enhancements that their upcoming open-world zombie-survival game will have to IGN. “There are significant visual enhancements we’re able to deliver thanks to the Xbox One X,” said Undead Labs studio head and State of Decay 2 executive producer Jeff Strain. “Extra memory and greater processing power gives us a more stable frame rate and let’s us do more with higher resolution textures. When you’re in the game, you’ll immediately see the difference – denser foliage, detailed shadows, depth of light from farther distances, and more detailed character models. It makes the world feel more crisp, vibrant, and like real life. And of course, it lets us run the game in 4k and HDR, which a lot of fans are excited about.”
When we asked if there will be user-selectable Xbox One X settings, such as the Graphics Mode or Performance Mode settings we’ve seen in games like Gears of War 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider, Undead Labs told us they’re sticking with one Xbox One X configuration: “As of now, we are not planning to offer the option to optimize for graphics or performance. The team wants to have the same experience for all users on Xbox.”
Above: The first-ever four-player co-op gameplay footage of State of Decay 2. This footage was captured by IGN on the Windows PC version of the game.
State of Decay 2 will be released on May 22 for $29.99, with a $49.99 Ultimate Edition also available that gets you future DLC packs, a copy of State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition for Xbox One, and early access to State of Decay 2. We’re covering State of Decay 2 all month long as part of IGN First. Take a look at all of our coverage so far if you’ve missed anything.
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