State of Decay 2 is the latest Xbox Game Studios title to be optimized for Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. Today’s update will introduce “lightning-quick loading times” on the new consoles, a more detailed world, better-looking shadows, and a more comfortable 60 FPS gameplay experience at up to 4K on the Xbox Series X.
The open-world survival game is also getting a new Lethal difficulty today, which should represent the ultimate challenge for seasoned players with some new achievements to unlock. Here’s what you can expect:
This difficulty is a brutal new way to play that we’ve tuned right to the edge of impossible. Open-world resources are scarce, meaning that survival has to be earned instead of discovered. Enemies now hit harder, and blood plague is even deadlier. Plague hearts grow like weeds, and destroying one no longer guarantees safety from the hordes around it. And on top of all of that, the special “freak” zombies have been swapped out for their amped-up blood plague variants.
Lastly, all State of Decay 2 players will be able to grab the Stay Frosty pack for a limited time. This new DLC includes several new themed items including exclusive outfits and winter-camouflage weapons to use against zombies.
State of Decay 2 is free to play with Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC, and it’s also available for purchase on the Windows 10 Microsoft Store, Steam, and the Epic Games Store. If you have yet to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, we remind you that you can get your first three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1.