Dead Island 2 is officially back from the dead and should hit shelves next year.
The long-awaited sequel was revealed with a gruesome world premiere trailer during Gamescom 2022’s Opening Night Live showcase, following an Amazon listing leak earlier this week.
Scheduled for release on February 3, 2023, for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Dead Island 2 seems to be a familiar subject for fans of the tropical horror series. The sequel looks as gory as you can expect, with a focus on melee meaning you can expect to bash, slash and decapitate the heads of the undead with a variety of brutal weapons, including swords, pipes and batons – weapons. will also be available.
But this time, instead of trying to escape the island paradise of Banoi, you’ll be aiming to survive in a virus-ravaged Los Angeles, so definitely expect zombies in loafers, Hawaiian shirts, and bikinis. Check out the announcement trailer for yourself here (opens in new tab) (it is age restricted).
According to Lead Narrative Design Khan, the character we see in the announcement trailer is Jacob, who is one of six zombie-killing playable characters in Dead Island 2. According to Khan, all characters have “bigger personalities than life”. ‘ and a pulpy, irreverent tone befitting the sequel’s B-movie-inspired setting.
In addition to the announcement trailer, Opening Night Live also gave us a first look at the gameplay. Dead Island 2’s gameplay is all about “experimenting” with your preferred killing method, according to Khan, who called it a “hand-to-hand toy box”.
It certainly looks that way, with the trailer showing zombies being electrocuted, blown up, impaled on the chin with spikes, and even cut in half. take a look for yourself here (opens in new tab) (again, it’s age-restricted).
a rocky road
Dead Island 2 has had a turbulent development path, to say the least, leading many to wonder if it would ever materialize.
Development on Dead Island 2 has changed hands twice since the sequel was originally announced eight years ago. Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager initially undertook the project before handing it over to Team Sonic racing developer Sumo Digital in 2016. Sumo then passed development to Homefront: The Revolution developer Dambuster Studios in 2019.
Since then, we haven’t heard much about Dead Island 2 – until now.
After waiting all this time for the sequel to one of the most frantic and entertaining horrors of all time, the next few months are sure to arrive.