Dead Island 2 is alive and kicking. Eight years after its initial announcement, the long-awaited and long-delayed zombie is finally rising from its grave.
Many fans of the series suspected that Dead Island 2 would forever be stuck in development hell, as ownership of the sequel shifted between developers. But after a new reveal at Gamescom 2022, we know that the open-world zombie game is not only still in active development, but is actually very close to completion.
We had reason to believe the game would receive some announcements after an Amazon listing page appeared earlier this month, hinting at much of the game’s content and even hinting at a Dead Island 2 release date. Much of this has already been confirmed with developers. new trailers at Gamescom’s Opening Night Live. You will be sent to Los Angeles to defeat hordes of the undead with various weapons, tools and characters.
There are still a lot of details we still haven’t heard about, even after taking a look at some screenshots of the game in one of the new Dead Island 2 trailers, but it was certainly enough to get us excited.
Want to know more about the long-awaited survival horror sequel? Read everything we know so far about Dead Island 2.
Dead Island 2: Get straight to the point
- What is it? The long-delayed sequel to the melee-focused zombie has hit Dead Island
- When can I play? February 3, 2023
- What can I play on? PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC
Dead Island 2 release date and platforms
Dambuster officially revealed the release date for Dead Island 2 in the two trailers released as part of Gamescom 2022’s Opening Night Live. The Amazon store page that originally leaked the game’s announcement listed a release date of February 23, 2023, but it turned out to be a little different, with the actual release date being set to February 3, 2023. So for the first time, it’s a little bit 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 first developed 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. Since then, we’ve been in the dark about the development of Dead Island 2. Fingers crossed that it crosses the finish line this time around.
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 trailer
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 gameplay and story
Gameplay details for Dead Island 2 are sparse, but thanks to the Amazon listing leak mentioned above, we have a few bits of information to chew on until the game is fully revealed.
Screenshots on the game’s listing page suggest that it will continue the series’ emphasis on hand-to-hand fighting. Expect to be hitting zombies with bats and baseball bats instead of unloading assault rifle magazines. Although there is still a lot of blood. Amazon’s synopsis says that 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 claims, offering different tactical perks, as well as six playable characters to choose from. Each character – or Slayer, as they seem to be called – can be equipped with different skills and abilities. The synopsis claims you’ll be able to instantly respec them to “try out the craziest builds,” and the first-day DLC mentioned on Amazon suggests they’ll also be cosmetic pieces to wear them.
Of course, they will be “dozens of distinct types of zombies, each with their own mutations, attacks, and hundreds of LA-themed variants.” There is still no information on what these variants will look like.
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”.
Dead Island 2 news and rumors
Dead Island 2 release date leaks on Amazon
Dead Island 2 appeared as a listing on Amazon in August, along with a description, release date, and mockup of the game’s box. Most of what we currently know about the game comes from this leak.
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.
what do we want to see
We’ve been waiting nearly a decade for Dead Island 2, leaving us plenty of time to think about exactly what we want to see in the game. As the thought of a sequel to the dark cartoon zombie fighter infected our minds, our expectations grew alarmingly high, tempered only by the game’s development process. We may not know exactly what Dead Island 2 will look like, but that hasn’t stopped us from daydreaming.
For starters, we hope the first game’s focus on hand-to-hand combat continues. The original Dead Island tried to differentiate itself from other zombie games of the time by putting a lot of emphasis on improvised handguns that could be upgraded with mods you’d find all over the island. While weapons could be found, ammo was limited, so you would spend most of our time attacking the undead with baseball bats filled with nails or electrified hammers.
Leaked screenshots of Dead Island 2 suggest that the sequel will follow suit. The player can be seen carrying a key that has been modified with a spiked wheel and what appears to be a homemade stun baton. We will have to wait and see the variety of weapons and upgrades on offer.
We’d also love to see Dead Island 2 lean into the show’s humor. The original wasn’t serious, and it was at its best when it embraced the colorful ridiculousness of fighting hordes of zombies in a tropical paradise. Fortunately, the sequel takes this even further, forgoing the clunky melodramatic storytelling in favor of some good ol’ ghoul punches.