Undead Labs is planning on launching a second expansion to their sleeper-hit zombie-survival game, State of Decay.
The previous expansion, Breakdown, kept us in the same valley and used the same characters as the original game, but upped the difficulty, reduced the amount of available resources and turned it into a kickass sandbox game. The new expansion, Lifeline, is a whole new kettle of fish.
It will take place on a new map and will focus on new characters - specifically, on the military. According to their press release:
In zombie fiction, the military is often the go-to badguy. TheyÂre the hammer to which every problem is a nail, blindly mowing everything down to serve some unknown goal.
But this view is fairly one-sided and naÃ¯ve. On the State of Decay team, we have a different perspective (some of us firsthand) Â the military is made up of many good men and women who stand on the line that divides safety and civilization from chaos and war.
Few people have a greater opportunity to make life-altering choices than soldiers. TheyÂve played that role as side characters in the original State of Decay...but now we are adding a new story, in which you take on that responsibility yourself.
Lifeline will also approach zombie survival from essentially the opposite end of the preparedness spectrum. In the original game, the player started with nothing and improved his situation by scavenging supplies and building up his survival group. In Lifeline, the army starts out with lots of supplies and support, but these resources dwindle as the zombie situation continues to get worse and worse.
This is at the height of the initial crisis. You still have a chain of command and access to off-map support, but the voices over the radio are making it clear that things are rapidly breaking down.
So what you end up with is the inverse of the usual progression. Instead of starting with nothing, and slowly building yourself up into a post-apocalyptic powerhouse, you start the game as a well-equipped, well-supported military unit, and then must learn to improvise as one resource after another is depletedÂ and isnÂt coming back.
The expansion will revolve around keeping the situation under control, and evacuating valuable civilians to safety. You're not some crew of lowly scavengers just trying to find a way to scrape by - you're the goddamn armed forces. The LZ is yours to lose.
No word yet on a release date. Stay tuned!