developer: Undead Labs
publisher : Xbox Game Studios / Microsoft Studios
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-4
State of Decay 2: Heartland is an add-on to the 2018 sandbox action game in which players try to cope in a zombie world. The production offers a new map and storyline, which we can learn from two different perspectives. The authors of the original and the first part of the cycle, the Undead Labs studio, are responsible for creating this title. The publisher is Microsoft.
In State of Decay 2: Heartland we can play one of the two survivors of the zombie apocalypse - former prisoner Quincy (accompanied by his partner Helena), or the missing daughter of a local criminal, Larisse (supported by her aunt Fiona).
Depending on the chosen protagonist, the story told in DLC may have a different course and focus on a different NPC. In Quincy's case, the story focuses on the search for his former employer and one of the heroines of the original State of Decay, Lily Ritter. And Larisse is looking for his father, Mickey Wilkerson. The story is also influenced by the choices made by the players.
It is worth noting that the expansion's plot answers many key questions for the State of Decay universe. We will also find in it suggestions concerning the past and the future of the discussed world.
The basics of State of Decay 2: Heartland are the same as in the basic version of the game - we are still dealing with sandbox, where the action is observed from the third person perspective (TPP). The game consists in exploring the available area, acquiring objects, developing base (this time only one) and keeping alive a small group of people who survived the end of the world.
In State of Decay 2: Heartland we get a new feature campaign that takes about 10 hours to complete. The action of the add-on takes place on a new map (this is Trumbull Valley, which is a place known from the first part of the series). There is no shortage of places to explore and loot (including databases unique to this area). In the production we will also find new independent heroes, who - in contrast to those from the stand - are handcrafted and have their own stories and characters.
The creators have also introduced a number of previously unseen dangerous opponents to the game, such as Plague Bloater, Blood Feral and Plague Screamer. We will also face again the dangerous Blood Juggernaut, whom we know from the DLC Daybreak Pack. Importantly, this time every zombie is a plague carrier.
State of Decay 2: Heartland does not introduce any new gameplay modes. The basis of the fun is still a feature campaign, which we can experience alone or in a four-person cooperation module.
State of Decay 2: Heartland does not make any noticeable changes to the graphics of the basic version of State of Decay 2. The production continues to use the Unreal Engine 4 engine, which has enabled it to create quite detailed and pretty good-looking graphics - the landscape is quite realistic and the character models look decent and interestingly designed.