State of Decay 2 is the latest game to get optimized for the Xbox Series S and Series X consoles, bringing with it some fun new options. Not only will the game perform and look better, as expected, but there’s new content and features for players on all platforms, including Steam.
Those playing on the Xbox Series S or Series X will enjoy faster load times, improved detail to both shadows and the world, a responsive 60 frames-per-second, and of course, 4K resolution.
The biggest addition is Lethal difficulty, which should provide a hearty challenge for even the toughest players. The folks at Undead Labs described it as “tuned right to the edge of impossible” and that sounds like a pretty accurate description.
Resources are harder to come by, enemies hit harder, and blood plague is even deadlier than before. There are even more plague hearts and destroying them no longer guarantees your safety. Oh, and all of the “freak” zombies now appear exclusively as their blood plague variants.
On the bright side, if a player can survive this new difficulty, there’s a 100 additional Gamerscore points at stake.
If some of that sounds appealing, but not all of it, you’re in luck. There’s also a custom difficulty, which lets players tweak all sorts of elements. Make resources abundant, plague hearts less common, enemies less dangerous, and more. Be aware, however, if you use custom difficulty, you aren’t eligible for the new Gamescore points.
New difficulties are added all the time to entice players into returning to games they’ve already completed. Lethal Difficulty seems especially appealing because it sounds like an entirely new experience. A frustrating, miserable, near-impossible experience, but a new one all the same. Maybe you’re into that!
On the subject of State of Decay 2, players can grab the Stay Frosty pack, which adds over a dozen winter-themed items to the game. Winter camouflage is available, as is a new Maintenance Bench facility mod that players can use to make weapons more durable. This means they’ll be less likely to break in the field.
Best off all, the new pack is free of charge. It’s only available for a limited time, however, so be sure to grab it.
State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition is available on Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Windows 10, Steam, and the Epic Games Store. It’s also available through Xbox Game Pass. Now go kick some zombie hide! Or, more likely, get mercilessly torn apart.