State of Decay 2, the third-person zombie survival sequel by Undead Labs, may be heading to Steam for its PC release after previously being advertised as a Windows Store exclusive.
In a recent PAX East demo, two Undead Labs associates encountered a Steam-related disconnection error. The error message, which briefly popped up on the screen, read, “Login Failed. Unable to connect with Steam. Make sure Steam is running, you are logged in, no other instances are running, then restart the game.”
For those unfamiliar with these types of messages, it means that the game was trying to authenticate with Steam servers, which would be an odd message to include in State of Decay 2 if it was a Windows Store exclusive.
If the above is true, State of Decay 2 would join only a few other Microsoft first-party games on PC, namely Quantum Break and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, to be exempt from Windows Store exclusivity. For the vast majority of these titles under the Xbox Play Anywhere program, Windows Store exclusivity is required.
Furthermore, the State of Decay 2 FAQ contains the following question and answer: “What about Steam? Stay tuned—we’ll have more to share in the future.” Further details on the game were released with IGN’s Q&A last month.
All signs now point to the PC release of the game being available on both Steam and Windows Store, with perhaps other platforms in the future. The title is slated for release on May 22 for PC and Xbox One.