Despite releasing over 5 years ago, State Of Decay 2 is still constantly being updated by developers Undead Labs. They are not small updates either, quite often fundamental aspects of the game are constantly evolving over time. State Of Decay 2 looks drastically different than it did when it was released back in 2018. Now with Update 33: Heart Attack being live on both PC and Xbox platforms. It appears players will once again have to adapt and survive the ever-evolving landscape of the game.
Update 33 Changes Plague Hearts And Infestations In State Of Decay 2
The biggest change coming with Update 33 is that Plague Hearts will now start out in a “dormant” state when you initially spawn into the map. These dormant Plague Hearts will eventually become Awakened Plague Hearts. When this happens these hearts will begin spewing out Infesting Hordes. These hordes will begin to wander throughout the map creating and reinforcing infestations.
Once a Plague Heart is awakened it will begin to regularly launch out hordes of infected until a player manages to destroy it. If a location is already infested with zombies, these new hordes will now reinforce existing infestations. Meaning players will find even higher numbers of undead within infestations. If these infestations become too high in severity players will encounter more dangerous foes. From Ferals to Juggernauts, you never know what you might come across in an out-of-control infestation.
New “Siege Sites”
If a horde manages to infest a location close enough to your base, it will create a Siege Site instead of a regular infestation. As long as one of these sites exists there is a chance that your base will come under siege. These Sieges will put massive pressure on your base as the Siege Site will be reinforced by zombies from nearby infestations and plague hearts. Until eventually once a Siege is activated these zombies will attack in waves until you kill all of the attacking hordes. Or if you take a preemptive approach and destroy these sites before they can trigger a Siege.
There are consequences if you are not able to fight off these hordes. Your current playable character does not have to be present within the base for these Sieges to start. If you are not present and do not make it back in time there will be a Siege Consequence notification letting you know how your survivors faired. Depending on your difficulty setting these consequences could be very severe. If you arrive at your base in the middle of the Siege it will void any of the consequences for the wave that you arrived in. So if you get a notification that your base is under siege you will want to rush back and help.
New Defenses To Protect Your Bases In State Of Decay 2
With all the new changes to how zombies and Plague Hearts work, it might seem overwhelming. However, Undead Labs has offered players a wealth of new tools that will help to repel the undead hordes. A new set of Radio Commands will allow you to send survivors in your base out to scout all infestations which will give you an update on all the infestations on the map. You will also be able to order your survivors to take out a nearby infestation to help keep certain infestations in check.
Alongside these new radio commands, players will have a variety of Outpost defense options that will help to slow down the ever-advancing horde. Players will be able to enable Incedinary Landmines at outposts that will automatically blow up roaming hordes within the vicinity. This will help to keep infestations from growing in outlying outposts. On the opposite side of tactics, you can also equip Infestation Bait that will draw wandering hordes to a specific area. This is perfect for setting up traps or keeping infestations from building up near your main base. There will be plenty of tactics that players will be able to use to better protect their bases.
Update 33 also contained a wealth of bug and performance fixes, you can find the full details in the patch notes here. Will you be jumping back into the world of State Of Decay 2? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to check back for the latest gaming news and information.