State of Decay Made Free to Play For a Limited Time as Microsoft Tests Windows 10 Build 18334

Over the last few months, Microsoft has made it clear that they want to improve gaming on Windows 10. The company asked community members to help out by submitting and voting on their own ideas. Today, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Build 18334 is available now to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. The update supposedly brings numerous gaming improvements, and Microsoft hopes that Insiders will give their feedback to validate the changes. In fact, as an incentive, State of Decay has been made available to Insiders for free.

State of Decay

Currently, there are only a limited number of slots available, but Microsoft says that they will be expanding “over the next few weeks”. All Windows 10 Insiders using build 18329 or higher are eligible to participate in the playtest.

“We’re excited to bring technology tailor-made for gaming to Windows,” reads Microsoft’s announcement post“Help us validate these systems work as expected, and play State of Decay for free (limited time only!). Just tell us about any problems you encounter with installing and launching the game.”

If you want to try out State of Decay, follow these instructions:

  1. If you aren’t already, enroll your machine in the Windows Insider program and update to build 18329 or higher.
  2. Second, install the Xbox Insider Hub app and sign in using your Gamertag.
  3. Navigate to the Insider Content option located in the top left corner of the app.
  4. Select State of Decay: Year One and hit Join. Note that this will only be visible to those eligible for the playtest.
  5. Install the game from the Microsoft Store app.
  6. Follow the prompts to install DirectX (this is required for testing purposes) and launch State of Decay.

As a result, you will have unlocked access to State of Decay for the duration of the playtest. Furthermore, file a Windows Feedback Hub bug under the Microsoft Store category and include WindowsGamingFeedback in the title.

Farhan Ali
Farhan is a passionate writer with an undying love for games, PC hardware, and technology. With nearly 5 years of experience in blogging and over 14 years of experience in gaming, this is what he loves and does best.