If there is money to be made, you better believe that Microsoft wants a piece of it. With Netflix and Amazon jumping into the original programming game, it was only a matter of time before we got Xbox Originals.
Xbox Originals is aiming to bring its game catalogue to life with live-action series a la Netflix. Of course Halo is being thrown out there, but among other titles in development is State of Decay! Now we are a long time away from this happening, but it’s in the works.
Says executive vice president of Xbox Entertainment Studios Jordan Levin:
"All are at the earliest stages of conversation, we don't want to force anything, we want to get to know each of the individual games studios responsible for those properties. We want to fully digest all the created materials that they've generated. We want to then try to create some of the right partnerships and really allow them to ride in the shotgun seat with us, so to speak, so that we're not coming in an arrogant disrespectful manner. Trying to do something that in success enhances and expresses that world in a different way cause the worst of all possible roles is to create something that disappointed. There's nothing worse for a fan than being disappointed with something."
State of Decay is a 3rd person shooter set in a zombie apocalypse. For Hollywood, zombies are all but dead, but very much alive on T.V. And though State of Decay will only be available to Xbox LIVE subscribers, the question remains, is there room for a zombie series to grow given the high bar set by The Walking Dead? Time will tell.