Dead Island 2 is finally releasing, more than eight years after its initial announcement. He’s been hopping around the studios a bit, but now he appears to be alive and kicking, and on his way very soon. This is great news for fans of the first game, which offered melee-focused zombie killing with an island vibe.
Thanks to a recent reveal, we now know what Dead Island 2 will look like at launch, in all its blood-soaked glory. We’ve even seen gameplay that showcases the new combat system and setup. Not only that, but we have an exact release date, and there’s not much time to wait.
With so much new information, and with the game having gone through quite a few iterations since it was revealed, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little lost as to what Dead Island 2 really is. That’s where we come in as we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Dead Island 2 on this page. As new details emerge, you’ll find them here. For now, here’s what we know so far.
Dead Island 2: Get straight to the point
- What is it? The long-delayed sequel to Dead Island
- When can I play? February 3, 2023
- What can I play on? PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dead Island 2 trailers
For a long time, the only trailer for Dead Island 2 we had was the original 2014 cinematic reveal. It was a tasty thing, showing a fast-decaying runner running along Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
While it didn’t reveal anything about the game, it set the tone for what we might expect from the tone of Dead Island 2.
Fast forward eight years and now we have two new trailers for the open world zombie survival game. A new cinematic, in line with the original, giving you a taste for this apocalyptic version of LA.
However, after an eight-year wait between cinematic trailers, you can understand that fans might really want to see Dead Island 2 in action. Fortunately, developer Dambuster Studios was happy to cooperate and also released a gameplay trailer, showing just how violent this long-awaited sequel will be.
Dead Island 2 release date and platforms
Dambuster Studios has officially revealed that the release date for Dead Island 2 is February 3, 2023.
This release date was announced alongside two trailers during Gamescom 2022’s Opening Night Live. The official announcement came after the game’s Amazon store page leaked a release date of February 23, 2023, but we now know it was one. little wrong. So for the first time, a game is coming a little earlier than we expected. (Let’s ignore the eight years of development hell it went through to get there.)
Fans will be waiting with bated breath. Development on Dead Island 2 has changed hands twice since the sequel was originally announced eight years ago, leaving players disappointed in the past. It was in development at Yager, the same studio that created Spec Ops: The Line, and was originally slated for a 2015 release. But it never materialized.
In 2016, it was announced that development had moved to Sumo Digital. Three years later, the game switched studios again, with Dambuster announcing that he had taken over work on the game. Fingers crossed that he crosses the finish line this time.
As for platforms, Dead Island 2 will come to new and old-gen consoles, with PS5, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, Xbox One and PC confirmed.
Dead Island 2 gameplay and story
Now that Dead Island has been re-revealed, we’re starting to learn a little more about it. Our first bits of information came from the game’s leaked Amazon listing, which revealed that Dead Island 2 is not set on an island. Instead, it is set in Los Angeles, or “HELL-A”.
Screenshots on the game’s listing page showed that the game will continue the series’ emphasis on hand-to-hand fighting, and its synopsis promised a lot of gore, saying the game’s combat will deliver “the most intense, visceral, and bloody first-person experience.” possible”.
You’ll have a variety of weapons to choose from, the synopsis reads, with each offering different tactical advantages. The game will also have six playable characters to choose from, each with customizable abilities with, Dambuster it says (opens in new tab)a “Brand new skill system that lets you instantly respec and try out the craziest builds”.
in an interview with PC Gamer (opens in new tab)creative director James Worrall revealed that while the game lacks a branching narrative, the six-player characters offer different perspectives.
“Each player character has their own voice and their own dialogue,” he said. “So you can have a character who is particularly driven or energized or optimistic. You can have another character who is a little more cynical. Some characters are quite low-key, subtle. We wrote these characters to reflect broad playstyles.”
As for zombies, there will also be variety, with Dambuster confirming that there will be “dozens of distinct types of zombies, each with their own mutations, attacks, and hundreds of LA-themed variants.”
The story of Dead Island 2 is still a bit of a mystery, although it looks like you’ll be playing as a survivor of a deadly virus that destroyed Los Angeles. Teaming up with other survivors, you’ll try to “discover the truth behind the outbreak” while “enjoying the zombie inside yourself”.
As part of this union, Dead Island 2 will support single-player gameplay, but there will also be co-op mode, with up to three players able to participate. However, we still have a lot to learn about how the co-op will work.
In a preview of the game, IGN (opens in new tab) touched on the game’s ‘FLESH’ system, or ‘Fully Localized Evisceration System for Humanoids’, which “procedurally shreds zombies with every hit” and makes the game a truly bloody experience. We got a glimpse of it in the trailer.
When it comes to combat, IGN said the game “encourages constant movement, with dodges, kicks and jumps all integral” and that while there’s a resistance system, it’s not punitively restrictive, allowing you to “experience a variety of different techniques”.
Dead Island 2 news and rumors
Dead Island 2 consulted with a diversity board for a more “representative” LA
During a recent interview with Dead Island 2 developer Dambuster Studios, art director Adam Olsson said The shipment (opens in new tab) explained how they approached their version of Los Angeles. While there are more comedic hype like Hell-A’s Muscle Beach featuring bodybuilder zombies, Olsson confirmed the decisions were made after speaking with Dambuster’s diversity board.
“It was a really interesting exercise trying to break down what makes something LA and what stands out as a truly unique LA experience. “We were very cautious about taking anything that felt like a painful stereotype and that’s why, at the studio, we have a diversity board that helps us understand if we’ve gone too far,” explains Olsson.
“The board has worked very closely with us to make sure we’re setting a good tone, because we want to make sure we bring Dead Island 2 into the 21st century. We want to be contemporary and we want to be representative.”
Alexa Game Control Integration
Dead Island 2 will come with an interesting feature: Alexa Game Control. Announced during Gamescom 2022, Alexa Game Control will give PC and console gamers the option to use voice commands to make things happen in-game. You don’t need an Amazon Echo device or an Amazon Prime account to use it. In fact, you don’t even have to say “Alexa.” All you need is “any microphone or headphones” plugged into your PC or console and a standard Amazon account linked to the game.
According to an Amazon blog post (opens in new tab), with the Alexa Game Control, you’ll be able to say things like “where is the nearest bench” and “switch to my best weapon” during gameplay to do things like find the nearest bench and, um, switch to your best weapon. The post even mentions being able to “manipulate hordes of zombies” just by saying “hey zombie”.
Dead Island 2 will be the first game to support the feature and Common questions (opens in new tab) reveals that it will be available in English in North America on PC and Xbox at launch, with more regions, languages, and maybe even platforms to come.
Dambuster Studios takes over development
In 2019, development on Dead Island 2 was moved from Sumo Digital to Dambuster Studios. No further details were provided at the time, but it indicated that the sequel was still in the works.