Xbox Game Studios’ Undead Labs is expanding with a secondary studio in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is fantastic news, as the studio can now work on more than a single game at once and have multiple projects in development.
With Microsoft owning 15 studios, anymore expansions would be a great edition. The main studio seems to be working on a new State of Decay 3, so the new studio might be working on that franchise or their own game, it isn’t clearly stated.
Today we are excited to announce that the Undead Labs Studio Head and Founder, Jeff Strain, is launching an exciting new initiative. As anyone who has played State of Decay knows, big ideas don’t always come from the biggest cities or the flashiest neighborhoods. Sometimes the heroes come from places like Marshall or Spencer’s Mill. That’s why game development needs a bigger base, where the know-how, grit, and ideas of even more people can find their way to the public. As a small town guy himself, Jeff is dedicated to opening a new studio and a partnered broad-discipline game development academy in New Orleans, Louisiana. With the support of Xbox and Microsoft, Jeff’s going to continue in his role as studio head at Undead Labs while also building opportunities to bring in people who might not otherwise consider a career in the game industry. Maybe even someone with the vision for the next State of Decay is out there just waiting for the right opportunity! That’s all we can say for now, but we’ll share more information as soon as we can.
Undead Labs was acquired by Microsoft in 2018, they’ve been working closely with the Xbox giant beforehand so it only made sense to join them.
State of Decay 2, the studio’s latest game launched in May 2018 on Xbox One and PC.
Source: Undead Labs