Undead Labs has shared some details about State of Decay‘s upcoming Lifeline expansion, in which players take control of a small military unit called Greyhound One.
Greyhound One has been deployed to the city of Danforth to rescue scientists whose research is needed to help combat the outbreak. The expansion takes place at the height of the outbreak so you still have access to off-map support and a chain of command is still in place, but as the story moves forward radio communications make it clear that things are starting to break down. As a result, players will start as a well-equipped, well-supported military unit, and then must learn to use what they find as resources get depleted.
“One of your first imperatives is to secure the Landing Zone 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,” the developer writes.
“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.”
Lifeline still doesn’t have an official release date, but Undead Labs plans to release it simultaneously on PC and Xbox 360.