Dead Island 2 appears to be alive and kicking. Eight years after its initial announcement, the long-awaited and long-delayed zombie appears to finally be crawling out of 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 now it seems more likely than ever that the zombie follow-up is finally on its way to hitting shelves.
While the game has yet to be officially revealed, 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. defeat hordes of the undead with a variety of weapons, tools and characters.
There are still a lot of details we haven’t heard about yet, and we expect a good chunk of them to appear at Gamescom 2022. Given the game’s recent online appearance, we suspect developer Dambuster Studios is gearing up for a full announcement at some point. coming soon and the Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 showcase would be the perfect opportunity. So be sure to check out our guide on how to watch Opening Night Live so you can catch up with the biggest announcements as they happen.
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? TBC, but probably Feb 23, 2023
- What can I play on? PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC
Dead Island 2 release date and platforms
Dambuster hasn’t officially revealed a release date for Dead Island 2, but there’s good reason to think it’s coming early next year. The Amazon store page that originally leaked the game’s announcement lists a release date of February 23, 2023. This is specific enough that it probably isn’t a placeholder.
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, it looks like Dead Island 2 will be coming to both new and old-gen consoles. So expect to find it on PS5, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, Xbox One and PC
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.