While Undead Lab’s and Microsoft’s State of Decay 2 is still less than three days old (unless you count the ultimate being released last week), the game has already managed to snag one million players so far. That’s really damned good and this looks to be the first Microsoft exclusive for the Xbox One that’s hit this number.

Since Early Access for the Ultimate Edition on May 18 and the global release of the Standard Edition on May 22, we have had over a million survivors across the globe playing and creating their own zombie survival story. Throughout launch, there’s been over six million combined hours of State of Decay 2 gameplay, and we’ve watched nearly 3.5M hours of gameplay across Mixer, Twitch and YouTube Gaming from over 41,000 unique broadcasts.

Watching players create new communities, forge friendships and test survival skills contributed to making State of Decay 2 one of the top-watched titles this week. Across player communities, we’ve seen survivors kill over 675 million zombies, throw over 6 million firecrackers and fireworks (survivors still find ways to celebrate), eat over 6 million bags of snacks, read over 2 million textbooks, and typically survive for about three days (with some players surviving for over an in-game month – a lofty goal to aim for your session this weekend).

All numbers aside, I’m sure that a huge amount of these gamers are thanks to the Xbox Game Pass. And if that’s the case, I’m willing to bet that those users will eventually convert over to a fully purchased title. Either way, this is good news for Microsoft and hopefully, this puts to rest “Xbox has no good exclusives”. I’m also a bit sad there this no count on how many bullets have been fired so far – I’d love to see that statistic.

Now that MS and Undead Labs have the game out the door and everyone’s enjoying, now’s the time to address the issues with the game. The game is enjoyable, yet the amount of bugs in the game is disappointing. Bugs such as multiplayer tether not functioning correctly. Such as dragging players that are still within the range, or violently ripping players and tossing them into the air, falling to their death. Or have the game crashing completely on the PC.  Hopefully, we’ll see a patch/update that addressed these issues in the near future. And while they’re at it, I hope we also see some more graphical options added to the PC version. 

Well, off I go to kill more zombies and attempt to keep my team alive. To say I’m loving this game would be an understatement.

State of Decay of 2 is available as a Standard Edition for $29.99 and the Ultimate Edition for $49.99. And since the game is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, you can play this on the Xbox One, Xbox One S and Windows 10.

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Keith Mitchell
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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grid. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. Available for podcasts upon request.