State of Decay developer Undead Labs has outlined its incoming Lifeline DLC, in which you play as a member of the military’s outbreak response team ‘Greyhound One.’
We recently reported that State of Decay: Lifeline would include a new map, and in a new blog, Undead Labs writes, “One major goal of our DLC is to explore new perspectives — to find interesting people in the world of State of Decay whose lives we haven’t experienced yet, and see what it’s like to face the crisis from where they stand.
“This is what led us to create State of Decay: Lifeline — an expansion that explores the military side of the zombie apocalypse.”
The team explained that in zombie games, the military is often portrayed as the bad guy, but in Lifeline Undead Labs is keen to show a different side to their struggle against the horde. “On the State of Decay team, we have a different perspective (some of us firsthand) — the military is made up of many good men and women who stand on the line that divides safety and civilization from chaos and war,” they explained.
“Few people have a greater opportunity to make life-altering choices than soldiers. They’ve played that role as side characters in the original State of Decay…but now we are adding a new story, in which you take on that responsibility yourself.”
You’ll control a small group of military survivors called Greyhound One, who start he game well-equipped, but the chain of command elsewhere is clearly breaking down, as suggested by radio chatter from your superiors that grows increasingly dire. As your initial resources run dry, you’ll be forced to use any means necessary to survive.
“One of your first imperatives is to secure the Landing Zone,” Undead continues, “where you can receive supply drops and extract civilians. This location becomes your base, which you must defend at all costs against the zombie horde.
“Since this is a military story, we have the perfect opportunity to expand on the concept of defending that base. The people you are here to rescue are extremely important — and extremely tasty. If you let zombies overrun your gates, these helpless civilians will be among the first to feed the horde. Lose too many, and your mission is over.
“You have minefields and defenses to build and upgrade. Off-map artillery to call in. Well-trained soldiers who will guard weak points and respond to zombie threats. A stock of military-grade weaponry to use from several commanding positions. But in the end, when the zeds get into the heart of your base, it’s down to fighting tooth versus blade.”
It sounds like a refreshing spin on the military during the height of the zombie apocalypse. What do you think?