Dead Island was one of the most anticipated titles of 2011, promising a thrilling adventure on a tropical island that was filled with zombies. The game was hyped by the release in advance of an emotional cinematic announcement trailer, which was very popular and contributed to its initial popularity among the public.
Despite the promising trailer, the game lacked some of the features that were promised and a story that seemed to focus more on the action, the game received average to positive reviews and was quite popular among fans of open-world zombie video games.
Dead Island 2 development
A sequel called Dead Island 2 was announced in 2014, with early alpha footage being shown. Techland, the developer of Dead Island, had declined the offer to develop the sequel in favor of working on Dying Light. Yager Entertainment pitched the game to publisher Deep Silver and received the development deal.
However, Deep Silver was displeased by the way in which Yager handled the developing process and decided to remove the studio from the project. This decision lead to major delays. Dambuster Studios is working on the game at this point.
Possible release date
Some voices have argued that the game will no longer be released, but this doesn’t seem to be the case. A job listing shared by Dambuster two months ago mentioned the need for an art director that can create an alternate Los Angeles, which is being overrun by a zombie apocalypse in the next entry of the Dead Island franchise.
It is thought that the game will be released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, with the possibility of next-generation versions if it does well during the initial launch. Little is known about the plot or gameplay elements of the game besides a six-year-old announcement trailer, but there is hope that a great game will be released towards the end of 2020.