Undead Labs CEO, Jeff Strain, explained on a recent episode of IGN’s Podcast Unlocked that while he understand’s the fans of State of Decay want cooperative multiplayer in the game, it would be very difficult from an engineering standpoint. He would rather have the time spent elsewhere in the development process.

“We could go retrofit cooperative multiplay into State of Decay,” he said. “It would feel janky. it would not feel like it was a native part of the experience.”

“There’s no question that State of Decay screams out for cooperative play,” Strain says. “I feel it every time I play it, everybody feels it every time they play it…you just want to have that experience with your friends. When that day comes, when we do that, we want it to feel like it’s the heart of the experience, and not something that’s grafted in.”

While cooperative multiplayer may not be in store for State of Decay, Strain says the future could tell a different tale.

“State of Decay…it’s just a single-player game, but it is very much a proving ground for the experience that we would like to carry forward as we look at the future of State of Decay,” he said. “But one thing I can tell you is that that future very much has multiplayer at its heart.”

Let us know in the comments below if you would like to see some sort of cooperative mode in State of Decay.

  • That kinda sucks, I love State Of Decay and I have never been a big multiplayer guy but I would love to play this kind of game with friends. Glad to see it is at least on their minds.

    • Chandler Tate

      It does! State of Decay is the perfect offline kind of zombie game to play with friends. The first thing that struck me when I began playing the game was this would be awesome to play in coop mode, it just kinda seemed built for that…

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