State of Decay is planning to have nearly all of the functional buildings in the game to be capture-able and enter-able. You will set a main spot as your home, which is where you will conduct research, build new facilities, keep supplies, build a farm and a spot where you can sleep safely. Outposts are more refuge and supply areas that you can establish far away from your home. The only special thing a home needs to be made into a home, as opposed to an outpost, is a perimeter fence of some kind. When you are building a new structures you won't have total control over construction, like Minecraft, in order to make it fairly easy so you can focus more on other aspects of the game. Once you make a building an outpost or a home it will get an area of protection around that will not let zombies spawn in the area and it will be harder for zombies to infest nearby buildings, but none of that will stop zombies from other places from coming in and attacking that area.
State of Decay will have a story in the game, so it won't be entirely open ended sandbox with little lore and no direction. You start off in a mountain, coming back from a fishing trap, and run into a zombie apocalypse that has been going for two weeks. You will be able to technically finish the game, but even after that you can still come back into the world and keep playing. While State of Decay will be singleplayer only it will also have some persistent offline elements. If you had upgrades being built when you logged out then those will continue to build while you are offline, same goes for weapon repairs. Your communities will also slowly eat food while you are offline, so if you log off for months you may come back to a bunch of starving people and hopefully that means they will also give you time to rebuild your supplies before losing people if you are only playing every so often.
If the State of Decay release goes well and the game does well then they plan to turn the game into something very similar to the War Z and Day Z, a multiplayer zombie survival game. Much of this information has been revealed through Q&A's over the last couple of months and more of those should be coming, like one on character creation. State of Decay has some good ideas and sounds like the kind of zombie game I have always wanted to play, ever since I saw Night of the Living Dead in the 90's. Here is to hoping this is a great game, but for now we the impending releases of the War Z and DayZ standalone this Fall. Thanks for reading and for more information take a look at the links below.
Main Website: http://undeadlabs.com/stateofdecay/
Q&A #1: http://undeadlabs.com/forums
Q&A #2: http://undeadlabs.com/forums
-Written by Sean Cargle