Ten years and four studios later Dead Island 2 is finally back from the grave
The Polish gaming behemoth Techland was supposed to create Dead Island 2, but due to a series of events, Yager Productions temporarily took over the project.
Dead Island 2 was briefly developed by UK-based Sumo Digital when the game's ownership shifted once more. At some point, the game's publisher, Deep Silver, opted to hand it off to one of its internal studios, Dambuster.
Around ten years after Dead Island 2's production started (and eight years after the original trailer was presented), a gameplay trailer and a cinematic trailer were unveiled at Gamescom 2022, along with a release date that hopefully won't be postponed any more.
On February 3, 2023, Dead Island 2 will be made available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.
Jacob, one of the game's six playable characters, as well as elements of the game's mechanics and the nature of the fighting, were all unveiled in the new videos Dambuster Studios debuted at Gamescom.
The trailer chronicles Jacob's journey to the store while he walks through the streets of Los Angeles bashing the heads of numerous zombies.
Jacob, who appears to be infected but isn't zombified, initially utilises a hand-made rifle-bat-axe to kill zombies and then switches to a katana to slice the living dead.
Dambuster Studios completely redesigned the gameplay, which was to be expected given how old the game is. From the looks of it, the game appears even more gory-looking.
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