State of Decay PC Early Access Starts Today, No Mouse, Keyboard Support
I’ve been waiting for State of Decay to hit PC since it launched on the Xbox 360 in June. But even though the undead will finally shamble over to Steam today, I’m going to hold out a little longer.
Yes, you can grab the PC version of Undead Labs’ well-received zombie survival sim for $20 today (September 20), but you won’t be getting the complete package. Officially, it’s the State of Decay “Early Access,” which is the somewhat misleading marketing term that’s been adopted recently for “beta.”
Posting on the official State of Decay blog, Undead Labs made the release announcement and detailed the Early Access version.
“What you’ll see this Friday, if you choose to join forces with us to make the PC version kick ass, is a test version,” Undead Labs states. “It’s not ready to be reviewed. It will not be perfect. It may still have crashes. What it won’t have is a keyboard and mouse interface…not at first. Why not? Over the next however many weeks, we will be putting up versions of the keyboard interface and using your comments and feedback to make it awesome. Right this minute, the Early Access version requires an Xbox 360 controller (or a compatible 3rd-party controller, although we haven’t done much testing with those yet).”
The no keyboard and mouse support is the big barrier for me. I appreciate the fact Undead Labs will seek beta tester input in making the PC controls the best they can be, I’d just rather wait until they get there.
If you do decide to buy into Early Access, you might want to check out the State of Decay Beginner’s Survival Guide we created for the Xbox 360 version. Good luck out there!