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Update: Microsoft has issued the following statement regarding the genitalia Undead Labs discovered in State of Decay, which was secretly placed there by contracted help.
“Undead Labs was not aware of the textures in question until they began the process of exporting textures for State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, and they are not visible in the original edition of State of Decay," says a Microsoft representative. "Undead Labs is no longer working with the contractor in question, and this material will not be present in State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition.”
Original Story: Undead Lab’s State of Decay became a cult hit when it released back in 2013. Last year, the developer announced State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition. This updated iteration packs in previously released DLC along with a 1080p graphical overhaul. And once the visuals became clearer, developer Undead Labs realized their contracted help for the game hid an abundance of phalluses in the game.
While working on State of Decay, Undead Labs hired contractors to help build some of the backgrounds. For reasons unknown, those contractors scattered a collage of genitalia across the backgrounds. However, the original version of the game was a low enough resolution that the naughty bits flew under the testing radar.
“Some of our contractors worked a ridiculous amount of genitalia into the background,” says Geoffrey Card, senior designer at Undead Labs in an interview with XBLA Fans.
While Undead Labs plans to remove the naughty bits, the developer does plan to add in a nod to Jurassic Park. The Jurassic Junction SUV is a direct reference to the iconic vehicles in Steven Spielberg’s vision of the dinosaur park.
Read our review of State of Decay.
[Source: XBLA Fans]
Our TakeState of Decay was a polarizing title when it launched in 2013. Some Game Informer editors were able to overlook its rough edges and enjoy the open-world survival game for what it is, while others complained that the underwhelming visuals and general jankiness were too much for them. Among all its detractors, however, I don’t recall anyone ever claiming it was literally filled with genitals.