Dead Island 2 is a game that was first announced nine years ago, then went silent for long periods of time, and finally switched studios. Suffice it to say that it has spent what seems like many years of that time period languishing in development hell. But now, it’s almost here. That’s an intriguing idea for zombie genre and RPG enthusiasts, and if you’ve lost the plot during the past near-decade, don’t panic. The release date, the many delays, the studio changes, and everything else you need to know about Dead Island 2 is all right here.
Dead Island 2 Release Date And Platforms
The release date for Dead Island 2 is set on April 28, 2023, for PC, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Midway through November of 2022, it was announced that the release date would be pushed back. Dates for February of 2023 had been planned for the game. Hopefully, it’s the last delay in store for the long-in-development game.
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Dead Island 2 Studio Shake-Ups And Timeline
- Since the game’s announcement in 2014, there have been a number of alterations made to it, some of which may have occurred behind closed doors. Since the original Dead Island team, Techland, has gone on to work on Dying Light, Yager made the announcement of the game’s development. An internal Techland developer stated, “there were a number of occasions where we would argue on the creative vision of the project with publisher Deep Silver,” leading to the studio’s decision to not make Dead Island 2.
- Dead Island 2’s new lead studio, Sumo Digital, is responsible for games like LittleBigPlanet 3 and has been working on other projects since the game’s 2015 release date was pushed back. That was followed by several years of radio silence from publisher Deep Silver; fans naturally assumed the game had been quietly canceled during that time, but the company eventually returned with new details.
- 2019 saw THQ Nordic declare once more that Dambuster Studios, developers of Homefront: Revolution, would be developing Dead Island 2. Koch Media, now known as Plaion and a sister company to THQ Nordic, argued that the game’s lengthy production cycle was actually beneficial. Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz remarked, “It’s really a testimony of our passion to get[ting] it right.”
What Is Dead Island 2?
In the wake of that chronology, it isn’t immediately clear what the game’s current iteration is aiming towards. However, it appears like the sequel sticks quite close to the style of the original game and the gameplay trailers for the sequel. It’s a first-person, open-world RPG with over-the-top gameplay, characters, and weapons set in a Los Angeles overrun by zombies. You can compare it to Dead Rising more than DayZ. There are six playable characters, and the game’s re-spec mechanism is designed to be utilized frequently and simply so that players can experiment with a wide variety of builds.
Dead Island 2 Trailers
Surprisingly few trailers have been released for a game that has been in development for almost ten years. We could show you the original reveal trailer, but it’s been several years since that version of the game was made, so it’s probably best if we just show you the new stuff, which will give you the greatest indication of what to expect from Dead Island 2 when it launches this year. For the most current trailers, we have a gameplay reveal seen below, which features things like sparking gas puddles to start fires and set a horde of zombies ablaze and a broad range of other weird, supposedly player-crafted weapons.
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Dead Island 2 Preorders
Pre-orders for Dead Island 2 can be placed on all of the systems it will be released on. Here at IGN, we have a comprehensive Dead Island 2 preorder guide to help you understand the differences between the various editions of the game. All preorders will include digital bonuses, the Deluxe Edition will contain extra weaponry and other content, and the $100 Hell-A Edition will feature not just digital but also tangible incentives including a map, pins, and tarot cards in the game’s aesthetic.
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