Dead Island 2: Release Date Leaks, News, and Everything We Know So Far

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Dead Island 2, the "upcoming" survival horror action RPG, has been delayed ever since it went into development. We've had relatively little to go on other than some very soft promises since its announcement. Dead Island, originally launched in 2011, was a surprise hit for publisher Deep Silver - largely off the back of an incredible trailer that didn't really reflect the tone of the game at all. After selling more than five million copies, a sequel was announced in 2014 but we still don't have it in our hands. Recently, a five-year-old playable gameplay demo was leaked onto the web for fans to get a taste of what could have been (or still could be). Xbox Series X and PS5, the next-generation of gaming, could offer some huge opportunities for the zombie title. So what's happened to it? What do we know?

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10 February 2022 -

Well this is surprising and somewhat unexpected. Notorious leaker Tom Henderson has just released a new report suggesting that Dead Island 2 is alive and well. Sort of.

We'd suggest having a watch of the below video for the full report, but in it Henderson claims that the game is in "a decent state" and could be revealed pretty soon. Supposedly this would be ahead of a possible Q4 2022 or early 2023 release window.

Henderson goes on to state a few plot spoilers (that we won't include here) but obviously gameplay will have improved since the 2015 leaks, given that we're now years on from those original first looks at the game in question.

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4 June 2021 -

Deep Silver has confirmed that fans shouldn't anticipate any E3 reveals at E3 2021. Writing on Twitter the Publisher told fans:

"Our parent company @KochMedia_HQ is making an announcement as part of #SummerGamesFest on June 11th. To give you a head’s up, you won’t see Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro or TimeSplitters there (or at any other E3 2021 event). We’ll let you know when we have news to share."

So that's that then.

4 December 2020 -

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Yep, the game is still going in development and Deep Silver have made it known.

In a discussion on Twitter, one fan asking if Dead Island is coming, to which another fan told him to "Give up man".

Deep Silver retorted saying "We wouldn't be so sure about that!".

It will be interesting to understand what has taken this game so long and how different it looks compared to the 2014 Gamescom gameplay.

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What is Dead Island 2?

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Based off of the original game, expect Dead Island 2 to pit players against hordes of zombies with up to three co-op partners, using whatever they can get their hands on to keep the undead at bay.

Set a couple of months after the original game, the sequel was originally supposed to show a quarantined California during the zombie apocalypse.

Having originally been announced at E3 2014, early development gameplay was shown off at Gamescom the same year and nothing has been shown since.

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Release Date

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At the time of writing, we still don't have a release date. That's because the game's development has been mired in controversy and false starts.

While Yager, the team responsible for the excellent Spec Ops: The Line, was originally developing the game, it has since moved to Sumo Digital before moving to Dambuster Studios.

The first Dead Island game was so well received a sequel was put into development shortly after. Since then, it has gone through three developer changes, but THQ addressed it's future in a presentation saying that it is still in development.

We wouldn't hold our breath for this one.

A shot from the leaked Dead Island 2 build
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A shot from the leaked Dead Island 2 build

Platforms

The game was originally slated for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC; likely to be Steam. While it seems unlikely it'll come to the Nintendo Switch, at this point we think it's more likely we'll see the game launch on next-gen console hardware for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Trailer

While gameplay has been revealed, it's actually five years old at this point. Here's what we have to go by:

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While the first game's trailer was an emotive look at a family battling zombies, the sequel's announcement was much more tongue in cheek. Check it out below.

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Dead Island 2 Gameplay

A five-year-old playable build of the fabled Dead Island 2 previously leaked online. The demo currently holds plenty of placeholder assets and looks very similar to the original; not surprising if the build is as old as it claims.

Eurogamer has confirmed that this iteration is from Yager, the developers behind Spec Ops: The Line. They left the project in July 2015. Here's the game in action.

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That's everything we know about Dead Island 2, but here's hoping it eventually makes it out of development hell.