Earlier this month, the State of Decay 2 community hit a huge milestone of 4,000,000 players, and to celebrate this occasion, Undead Labs have released a FREE Zedhunter update for all owners of the game and through the Xbox Game Pass. In my original review of the game, I explained how the game made me feel like I was playing Rick Grimes in the Walking Dead universe. Well, this update will make me feel like Daryl Dixon with the addition of the crossbow weapon that has eight variants available. For example, scoped crossbows can more easily score headshots without drawing any attention or aggression from other zombies nearby.
Crossbow bolts can also be recovered afterwards (making them the eco-friendliest post-zombie apocalypse weapon around), and unlike traditional firearms, crossbows never jam or break. Because they’re powerful, efficient and silent, using them against a plague zombie gives you a higher chance of extracting a plague sample. The new crossbows might be your go-to weapon, but the Zedhunter Update also comes with three new melee and three new close-combat weapons for the more hands-on and stealthier survivor – giving you plenty of swords and knives to fight enemies with.
Expect even more customization options in the Zedhunter Update; the content update will include the ability to reset a survivor’s core skill specializations. If you ever wanted to switch your Cardio from Marathon to Backpacking you can read a new training manual and then change the specialization of that core skill – though be aware that the trade-off is that you’ll gain experience for this new skill slower than usual. Additionally, we’ve added six new “quirk skills” (like “Hygiene”) which provide new buffs to your survivors or to your community; you can find these skill books by tracking down the Skills Trader when that character visits your town.
One other gameplay addition we’re excited about is the addition of three new potent plague consumables. These can drastically enhance your survivor’s abilities; but we should mention that they’re basically poison to humans, since they involve consuming a touch of plague infection. Maybe a little infection is worth it for the ability to see in the dark or sneak past zombies without drawing their attention – it’ll be up to you to decide. To help introduce all this new content, we’ve added several missions to the game (and updated others). If you want to experience these new missions, keep an eye out for missions labeled “Mysterious” you may happen across during your quest. Lastly, we’ve added three new achievements for you to attain for as you play through the new Zedhunter Update additions.
Finally, Undead Labs gave us a sneak preview at what’s to come in the future of State of Decay 2:
“At Undead Labs, we’ve set out to build the ultimate zombie survival fantasy and are committed to delivering that in every way – which is why we’ve also announced that in the near future players can look forward to a new difficulty experience, along with the chance to return to Trumbull Valley in 2019.”