State of Decay 2 is an open-world survival game and sequel to the original Xbox Live Arcade game by Undead Labs. Players take control of a variety of survivors as they build up a base to survive in a world overtaken by zombies. There are three different areas to explore. One must gather resources, claim new territory, and interact with other NPC characters to survive.
Gameplay takes place in third-person. Fighting consists of melee and over-the-shoulder shooting. Each survivor has multiple skills to level up including gunplay, fighting, cooking, and endurance. State of Decay 2 is the first game in the franchise to include co-op. Up to four friends can collaborate and survive together. Players can also summon a random helper via the in-game radio.
Survivors will face a variety of specialized undead. Some of these zombies are fast and dangerous, while others will use poison to kill their prey slowly. Thrown in with the horde, each of these special zombies will make life very difficult for the player.
There is a big focus on base-building as well. With the variety of resources, players will construct armories, defense towers, infirmaries, and other useful buildings. Survivors skills can benefit specific structures, so players must build based on their group's strengths if they want to win.
Survivors need a leader, of which there are four types: the builder, the sheriff, the trader, and the warlord. These leaders have their own questlines, and not all survivors will agree with them. Players will establish a legacy by completing leader tasks and are rewarded with boons for future communities.
State of Decay 2 is powered by Unreal Engine 4. It is an Xbox Play Anywhere title and is a part of Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription program. The game supports online cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 players as well.