Dead Island 2 is an upcoming survival horror game that is the sequel to the popular 2011 game, Dead Island. Developed by Dambuster Studios and published by Deep Silver, Dead Island 2 is set to be released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4&5, and Xbox One platforms.
Storyline and Gameplay
The game is set in an open-world environment in which players must survive a zombie outbreak in California. Players can choose one of several playable characters, each with unique abilities and strengths, to battle their way through hordes of zombies.
The game features a crafting system that allows players to create weapons and other useful items from the materials they find in the game world. Players can also engage in side missions and explore the vast game world to uncover its secrets and hidden treasures.
The game is designed to be played in both single-player and multiplayer modes, allowing players to team up with others to take on the zombie hordes. The multiplayer mode also includes competitive gameplay, in which players can engage in various challenges and compete for rewards.
Dead Island 2 has had a tumultuous development history since its announcement at E3 2014. The game was originally developed by Yager Development, the studio behind the critically acclaimed game, Spec Ops: The Line. However, in 2015, it was announced that Yager had parted ways with Deep Silver due to creative differences.
The development of the game was then transferred to Sumo Digital, the studio behind LittleBigPlanet 3 and Crackdown 3. However, in 2019, it was announced that development had been transferred once again, this time to Dambuster Studios, the developer of Homefront: The Revolution.
Despite the changes in development teams, the game's publisher, Deep Silver, has remained committed to releasing the game, stating that they believe it will be worth the wait.
The release date for Dead Island 2 has been pushed back multiple times. Initially set to be released in 2015, the game has faced numerous delays and setbacks throughout its development. As of 2023, it will be available on 21 April 2023 on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4&5, Epic Games Store, and Xbox One.
However, in a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Deep Silver's CEO, Klemens Kundratitz, stated that the game is "still in development" and that the publisher is "looking forward to bringing it to players." Kundratitz also stated that he believes the game will be a "fantastic addition to the franchise."
Reception and Expectations
Despite the delays, Dead Island 2 has generated a lot of anticipation among fans of the survival horror genre. The original Dead Island game was a commercial success, selling over 5 million copies, and many are eager to see what the sequel will bring to the table.
The game's setting in California and its focus on crafting and exploration have also generated interest among players, who are excited to see how the game will differ from other games in the genre.
Dead Island 2 is an upcoming survival horror game that has had a troubled development history but continues to generate interest and excitement among fans of the genre. Set in an open-world environment in California, the game features a crafting system, multiple playable characters, and both single-player and multiplayer modes. Despite facing numerous delays, the game's publisher, Deep Silver, remains committed to releasing the game and believes it will be a "fantastic addition to the franchise." While there is no official release date as of 2023, fans eagerly await the game's eventual release.