State of Decay 2 - Win10, Xbox One. Full Price 'AAA' game.

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by Monkey Man » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:17 am

Let’s talk about maps

Hey, all, I’ve seen a lot of chatter about what everyone is hoping to see with a map. We’re finally far enough along that I can safely tell you: We are launching with THREE maps. Each roughly the size of the original. You should expect to see slightly different environments, definitely different landmarks and locations, different layouts lending themselves to different strategies, unique home sites, and even different mission types.

Why’d we do it that way? Well, primarily, because it makes the game more fun. It really feels like you’re moving from one small town to another, and creates a tremendous sense of immersion. And perhaps counter-intuitively, it makes the world feel even bigger. You know how on one map (even one three times the size as the original game’s) the longer you play, the more you start feeling deju vu with every mission? That’s less of an issue with separate maps. And see above about strategies and missions. Oh, and one more detail – the multiple map set up makes it easy to expand the world down the line, if you know what I mean.

Speaking of specifics, I KNOW you all are going to ask “but what can we take with us between maps?” About half of you skipped the previous paragraph just to see if I was going to tell you. Foge (for new survivors, that’s Richard Foge, the Design Director here at the Lab) says that the intent is for us to be able to take all of our people, and everything in our supply lockers and rucks. We’ll have all the vehicles parked in our home site parking spaces, along with whatever’s stored in the trunks. We’re also going to get at least a partial refund on what we sunk into building our facilities. That’s the intention, anyway. As always, specifics may change a bit as we get deeper into testing, so cover me later if I’ve got to make edits, will you?

https://www.stateofdecay.com/2017/04/04/map-talk/
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PostRe: State of Decay 2 - Win10, Xbox One. Full Price 'AAA' game.
by Photek » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:28 am

Woah, so, Original map in SoD2 is 3 times the size of the Original map in SoD1? PLUS there's 3 of them at launch plus obviously DLC coming with more.... that's a LOT of content... could be playing this for a couple of years.... :o
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PostRe: State of Decay 2 - Win10, Xbox One. Full Price 'AAA' game.
by Monkey Man » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:04 pm

No, each map is the same size as SoD1 so "only" 3 times the size at launch. Like the idea of sort of starting over in a new town with its different challenges & environment.
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by Photek » Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:18 pm

I'm not sure, it reads both ways.
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by Moggy » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:26 pm

Photek wrote:I'm not sure, it reads both ways.


No it doesn't. :lol:

We are launching with THREE maps. Each roughly the size of the original.
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PostRe: State of Decay 2 - Win10, Xbox One. Full Price 'AAA' game.
by Albear » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:27 pm

Photek wrote:I'm not sure, it reads both ways.



We are launching with THREE maps. Each roughly the size of the original.



It really doesn't.
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PostRe: State of Decay 2 - Win10, Xbox One. Full Price 'AAA' game.
by Photek » Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:16 pm

Original map as in first map in SoD2.
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PostRe: State of Decay 2 - Win10, Xbox One. Full Price 'AAA' game.
by KjGarly » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:27 pm

Photek wrote:Original map as in first map in SoD2.


Not the original as in the first game?
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by Photek » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:03 pm

Reads both way :shifty:
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PostRe: State of Decay 2 - Win10, Xbox One. Full Price 'AAA' game.
by Monkey Man » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:23 pm

Your Fellow Survivors

State of Decay 2 is a game where you tell the story of your zombie apocalypse, alongside up to three of your friends. How will you survive?

Welcome to our four part series on the human survivors inside the game! Just as in the original State of Decay, you don’t play as any one individual. Instead, you’re a community of survivors, all of whom have their own unique combination of appearance, traits and needs. It’s up to you to manage and satisfy these needs while executing your strategy in pursuit of not just surviving, but instilling belief among your community that tomorrow will be a better day.

A big part of the State of Decay experience is that you recruit people as you find them. People have on them whatever they happen to have been wearing when the apocalypse broke out, or maybe the best outfit they were able to take off the body of their dead neighbor. (As with the original game, the look of each survivor is locked in when you recruit them.)

So how did we put together the look of the survivors? A whole lot of photochop, well that’s what Undead Labs Art Director, Doug Williams, calls it. In a game with far, far fewer human beings, you’d start with a “pie in the sky” concept piece such as this one below and develop from there.

In State of Decay 2, which has to feel like a teeming world with lots of human variety, and the survivors themselves are dynamically generated from lists of faces, personalities, and clothes. We also wanted to stay true to the vision of State of Decay being a thing that could happen right here, right now. It’s fun to fantasize, but for our purposes, the clothes needed to be things people might plausibly have been wearing. So, more hoodies and leather jackets, fewer horns. More flannel and boots you could…uh…scavenge, less hand forged body armor.

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More than a hundred friends and family members, and developers and members of the community, went through the face scanning process as you see above. We put in a lot of them, but reserved some faces for future use.

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Our artists pulled together composites from reference photos, and since we were planning to handle the faces via photogrammetry, sometimes we threw in placeholder faces of famous actors and actresses, which is why some of the pictures are pixeled here. From there, we chose the clothes and outfits that matched our goals (leather jackets: stylish AND zombie-resistant), and got to work making sure there was a wide variety of colors and fits for each item. We had to make it all look sharp, because hardware has changed a lot since 2013 and we want you to enjoy what you see.

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We put all those pieces together to create the humans of State of Decay 2. We think the result is a world where you can see yourself surviving. We’d love to hear from you so let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook!

https://www.stateofdecay.com/2017/04/14 ... survivors/
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PostRe: State of Decay 2 - Win10, Xbox One. Full Price 'AAA' game.
by Tragic Magic » Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:04 pm

Did the remastered version of SoD run any better on PC? I really wanted to get into it but the original looked so bad that I couldn't commit.
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PostRe: State of Decay 2 - Win10, Xbox One. Full Price 'AAA' game.
by Photek » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:28 pm

Tragic Magic wrote:Did the remastered version of SoD run any better on PC? I really wanted to get into it but the original looked so bad that I couldn't commit.

I don't think it did, thankfully SoD2 ditched Cryengine and use Unreal 4 afaik.
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by NickSCFC » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:22 pm

Character models look terrible, like something off PlayStation Home :lol:
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by Photek » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:28 pm

NickSCFC wrote:Character models look terrible, like something off PlayStation Home :lol:

Did you Play SoD? The characters have a certain look, it's not going for hyper realism.
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