“Unable to connect with Steam.”
Undead Labs’ zombie-apocalypse survival simulator followup State of Decay 2 is headed to Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on May 22, but the list of supported distribution services could one day include Steam.
Due to an error message that appeared during a developer livestream of the game’s PAX East demo build – which has since been removed from Undead Labs’ Twitch archive – it appears support for Valve’s gaming platform is in the works.
An screenshot of the Steam-centric error message taken before the video was removed.
Though a PC game headed to Steam isn’t surprising, Microsoft has largely restricted the distribution of its exclusive games to the Microsoft Store, supporting its Play Anywhere ecosystem that allows you to play a purchased digital game on your Xbox and/or Windows 10 PC.
However, the State of Decay 2 FAQ page has listed Steam support as a topic as topic of community interest for quite a while, simply answering, “Stay tuned – we’ll have more to share in the future,” indicating the developer could make an announcement at some time down the line.
But that time isn’t now, and likely won’t come until after the game’s launch next month. Speaking to IGN, a Microsoft spokesperson stated:
“As with any game, Undead Labs uses a variety of tools during active development. We’re focused on getting State of Decay 2 out on Xbox One and Windows 10 on May 22, 2018 (May 18th for Ultimate Edition Early Access). We don’t have anything further to share.”
For now it looks like your only way to play State of Decay 2 on PC when it’s released is through the Microsoft Store, but we’ll be sure to update you with any new information between now and then.
In the mean time, get caught up on our entire month of in-depth, exclusive coverage by visiting the IGN First State of Decay 2 hub.