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Dead Island 2: A Long-Awaited Zombie Apocalypse Game

Believe it or not, Dead Island 2 is not only still in existence, but it’s actually set to be released. If you’ve been following the turbulent journey of this game, you know that it’s been a decade in the making. First announced in 2014, Dead Island 2 has been resurrected not once, but twice, with different development teams taking charge each time. While many people probably assumed the game had been abandoned years ago, those who never lost hope will be rewarded for their faith.

Leaks might have dampened some of the excitement surrounding the big re-reveal of Dead Island 2 during Gamescom 2022. However, it’s important to note that the game has undergone significant changes during its development, not to mention the evolution of the gaming landscape itself. Many may be wondering what all the hype around this zombie game is about. So, grab your weapon of choice and get ready to bash some zombie skulls as we delve into everything we know so far about Dead Island 2.

Release Date

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Dead Island 2 is scheduled to launch on April 21, 2023. After several delays, we expect this to be the official and final release date.

Platforms

Dead Island 2.
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Dead Island 2 will be available on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC when it arrives next year. Unfortunately, it won’t be released on the Nintendo Switch.

Trailers

Let’s skip talking about the old 2014 reveal trailer, which was purely cinematic and made by a completely different team. The trailer that truly captures our attention is the announcement trailer from Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022.

The trailer begins with pre-rendered shots of a completely destroyed living room overlooking a pool. The floor is littered with wine bottles, beer glasses, cigarettes, crushed cans, and other remnants of a wild night. A man wakes up on the couch, looks around, grabs a drink, and checks himself in the mirror. His bloodshot eyes suggest tiredness or infection.

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The man grabs a gun by the door and glances back at a scene of bloody corpses that we hadn’t seen before. He steps out onto the street, immediately attracting zombies. He smashes the first one’s head with a liquor bottle and uses a makeshift bayonet to take down the rest.

As the man fights off more zombies, the background location changes from a beach to a downtown area. He sets a group of zombies on fire by flicking his cigarette into a pool of spilled gas.

In the next scene, we find ourselves in a convenience store. Our protagonist gathers snacks, pills, and more alcohol. A legless zombie tries to attack, but our “hero” easily squishes it by pulling a shelf down on top of it.

Back in the original room, our protagonist relaxes on the couch only to encounter a single zombie stumbling in. He reaches into his pocket, takes out a single rifle round, loads it into his gun, and shoots. The bullet completely obliterates the zombie upon impact. Realizing that the remote has no batteries, the man reluctantly gets up to embark on another run, this time grabbing a katana from the closet.

On the street, he greets two other survivors before the trailer cuts to the title.

So far, we have limited information about the story. In Dead Island 2, players will assume the role of one of six characters in Los Angeles. The same zombie virus from the first game has devastated most of the population. The military has given up on eradicating the infection and has resorted to quarantining the entire city. Interestingly, your character is also infected, but for some reason, you manage to resist turning into a zombie.

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The focus of the game will be on survival, uncovering the cause of the outbreak, understanding why you are immune to it, and determining if you can help find a cure. While the initial plot may seem straightforward and uninspired for a zombie game, we hope that the actual storyline becomes more captivating.

Gameplay

Dead Island 2 doesn’t just come back with a cinematic trailer; it also offers a full gameplay trailer that confirms its authenticity.

After showcasing the game’s beautiful yet desolate environments, including collapsed streets and graffiti-filled tunnels, the trailer transitions to a first-person perspective. We witness a man’s head being pushed through a boarded-up window.

Through a series of cuts that seem to be from various story moments, we observe the protagonist impaling zombies’ heads, engaging in bashing, kicking, stabbing, and slicing. The trailer features a range of weapons, including throwable objects, environmental hazards like electric boxes and gas trucks, as well as traditional firearms and hand-to-hand combat.

The array of firearms includes pistols, shotguns, SMGs, and assault rifles. Although the melee weapons appear to be more diverse, it’s challenging to discern their exact nature due to the rapid swings burying themselves into zombie skulls.

According to Deep Silver, Dead Island 2 promises to deliver “the most intense, visceral, and gory first-person experience possible.” The trailer certainly lives up to this claim, showcasing every bloody detail.

In contrast to the original game’s four characters, Dead Island 2 offers a selection of six playable characters. Each character represents its own class with unique abilities, skills, voice lines, and personalities. Unfortunately, we haven’t received specific details about the characters or what makes each one distinct.

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Multiplayer

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In any zombie game, including Dead Island 2, co-op multiplayer is almost a requirement. While the first game supported online-only co-op with up to four players, Dead Island 2 is scaling it back a bit, allowing for a party of three. Being primarily an RPG, with numerous quests, loot, and vast exploration opportunities, playing with friends will undoubtedly be a major incentive. However, several important questions remain.

First, it’s unclear if Dead Island 2 will follow the first game’s approach of requiring players to complete a few hours solo before unlocking co-op. Additionally, it’s uncertain whether players will be able to choose the same characters in co-op. The main questions revolve around cross-play compatibility and the transfer of progress between co-op and single-player modes. We await further details on these aspects.

Pre-order

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You can already pre-order any of the three editions of Dead Island 2 directly from the game’s official site! Choose from the Standard, Deluxe, or Gold editions for digital versions, or opt for the Day one, Pulp, and Hell-A Edition for physical releases that offer exclusive bonus content and collectibles.

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(Disclaimer: This article is written exclusively for OnSpec Electronic, Inc.)

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