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State of Decay

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This page is for the original release. For the re-release, see State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition.

State of Decay
State of Decay cover
Undead Labs
Microsoft Studios
CryEngine 3
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2013
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Persistent
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Survival, TPS
Art styles Realistic
Series State of Decay
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State of Decay on Wikipedia
State of Decay
State of Decay 2013
State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition 2015
State of Decay 2 2018
State of Decay 3 TBA

General information

Known issues
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Steam (unavailable)
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Only DLC is available.
All versions require Steam DRM.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Make empty video files[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\libs\ui - if the folders beyond Game do not exist then create them.
  2. Create two new empty files, one labeled intromovies.usm and another intromovies_noesrb.usm

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Engine\config.pak[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/241540/pfx/[Note 2]
config.pak contains multiple configuration files; see Extract config

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\241540\local
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/241540/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphical settings.
Graphical settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Some resolutions not listed; see Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.[2]
Field of view (FOV)
Launch the game with -windowed command line argument or press Alt+ Enter to toggle windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Switch to windowed mode then use one of the borderless fullscreen windowed methods.[3]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through video driver.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA using Nvidia Profile Inspector, see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.
Graphics settings are limited to presets (Min, Medium, Maximum, and Ultra).

Widescreen resolution

Use the -fullscreen command line argument[4]
This will set the game resolution to that of the desktop.
Set resolution through files extraction[1]
  1. Follow the instructions to Extract data and Extract gamedata otherwise this will not work.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Create a new file called user.cfg and open it with your text editor of choice.
  4. At the top of the file add and change to your desired resolution:


Allows for manual selection of any desired resolution.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

SGSSAA (Nvidia only)[5]
  1. Open State of Decay driver profile via Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Change Antialiasing compatibility to 0x000012C1[6]
  3. Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting
  4. Change Antialiasing - Setting to 2x [2x Multisampling], 4x [4x Multisampling] or 8xQ [8x Multisampling]
  5. Change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 2x Sparse Grid Supersampling, 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling
  6. Apply changes.
This method is very performance demanding and may decrease your general performance.


Game settings.
Game settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Hard-coded negative mouse acceleration and dead zone (moving the mouse at a low speed results in no camera movement).
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Sound settings.
Sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information

Extract data

  1. Download SoDET.
  2. Save the file to your desktop and run the application SoDET.exe

Extract gamedata

Extracting gamedata.pak will enable you to modify key bindings and other settings.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Click Open Pak and select gamedata.pak located in <path-to-game>\Game\
  2. Move the extracted folders entities, fonts, languages, libs, and scripts to the Game folder.
  3. If extracting only creates an empty folder see Solution

Extract config

Extracting config.pak will enable you to modify various configuration settings.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Click Open Pak and select config.pak located in <path-to-game>\Engine\
  2. Move the extracted folder config to the Engine folder.
  3. Go to config and rename console.cfg to system.cfg

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz (E6600) or AMD Athlon X64 3400
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT
Nvidia GeForce 9600 GSO
Intel HD 3000
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/241540/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (241540) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.