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Last week State of Decay developer Undead Labs revealed that they were to announce a new title today. That day of course, has finally arrived and they’ve lifted the lid off of a partnership with developer and publisher Kabam! to release Moonrise, a Monster Hunter-like RPG developed specifically for mobile.

Moonrise tells the story of a strange event which causes chaos and destruction in the games world, that event is called Moonrise, and sees a corrupting shadow spread across the land turning once peaceful creatures known as Solari into savage, blood thirsty Lunari who do nothing but leave chaos in their wake until the darkness passes. In recent times Moonrise has seldom appeared, but for some reason it’s coming back more frequent than ever and the world faces an age of danger and uncertainty.

In Moonrise players are thrown into to the role of a Warden the name given to adventurers who are committed to protect your world from the Moonrise. Players will scour the land  for fierce Lunari to cleanse them of the corrupting effect of the Moonrise and adding them to their ever-growing party, I guess similar to Pokémon too.. In a similar vein as Pokémon players will also be able to use their newly captured Solari to battle the Lunari as well as other Wardens and their Solari to become the ultimate Pokémon champion Warden.

“We are thrilled to partner with Undead Labs. They are a veteran team that has worked on some of the greatest game franchises of all time,” said Aaron Loeb, senior vice president of Kabam’s North American Studios. “Their new creation, Moonrise, will bring a truly next generation mobile experience to gamers around the world.”

Thankfully this hasn’t pushed focus away from State of Decay as Undead Labs reveal that the game is “stronger than ever,” who also teased that there’s good things to come for State of Decay fans.

“First, our commitment to State of Decay is stronger than ever. Survival fantasy is in our DNA, and always will be,” said Undead labs on their blog post announcing Moonrise. “While I can’t talk specifics yet (and believe me when I tell you how hard that is), the long-term partnership withState of Decay publisher Microsoft we announced in January, andcollaboration with author J.L. Bourne we announced last week, are all in service to something. Or perhaps I should say some things. And I think it’s safe to say those things will be exciting to State of Decay fans.”

Moonrise, initially available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, enters beta this fall, with a planned worldwide release to follow in early 2015. You can find more information over the coming months at undeadlabs.com. If you’re attending PAX Prime in Seattle later this month, you’ll be able to get hands-on with Moonrise as Undead Labs will be showcasing the title’s beta build.

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