Dead Island 2 is the perfect game for those of you who like to take on hordes of undead zombies and eliminate them in a fun and visceral way. It is the third major installment in the franchise and is currently set for a February 3, 2023 release date.
The series debuted in 2011 with Dead Island, whose premise saw your player character stranded on a tropical island resort full of zombies. In addition to survival, you also had to complete various quests with the ultimate goal of escaping to freedom.
A new trailer for Dead Island 2 was released at Gamescom 2022, showing a new look for the series and a good chunk of gameplay footage. If you’re a fan of the series or just want to know more about Dead Island 2, I’ve listed five important facts and information about the game in this article.
Note: This article reflects the opinion of the author.
5 things you should know about Dead Island 2
1) This is not the first version of the game
Dead Island 2, which was first announced back in 2014, was originally in the works by developer Yager Development. At the time, a trailer was released showcasing the gameplay, combat, and other new features.
However, for undisclosed reasons, development responsibilities were taken away from Yager Development and handed over to Sumo Digital. No footage was released during this run, and the game remained under wraps until Sumo was also removed from the project. There has been speculation that Deep Silver’s vision for the game has not been fulfilled.
The reins were eventually handed over to Dambuster Studios, an in-house studio under Deep Silver, and they have been working on the game since 2019. Fans will no doubt be hoping that there are no further development setbacks this time around and that we don’t have to wait another eight years for Dead Island 2.
2) How does it connect to Dead Island?
As mentioned in the intro, the first Dead Island takes place on an island resort in the fictional Banoi archipelago. However, as seen in the new trailer, Dead Island 2 takes place in the streets of Los Angeles, cleverly named Hell A. The question arises: Will the new game be a standalone adventure à la the Far Cry series? , or be somehow connected to the previous title?
It’s too early to tell at this point. The world seems to be the same as that of Dead Island and it’s possible that the timeline could work out since the first game wasn’t very generous with the larger world lore and instead stuck to the main story most of the time.
There’s little reason for the new developers to do a complete reboot, and possible connections to previous game characters may just be another line in the story. Dambuster did a fair amount of world-building for the sequel to rank alongside its predecessor, which originally didn’t feature much.
3) Zombie abilities?