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Several months after the events in Dead Island, the United States military has put California under a full quarantine restricted zone due to an all new terrifying zombie outbreak!

Dead Island 2 features a new massive world. The game takes place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and an undisclosed third location in California, unlike the first game which was set on a fictional island off of the coast of Papua New Guinea. The game's combat has different mechanics than Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide, being much more brutal and featuring deadlier, but more fragile zombies.

Dead Island 2 also includes several features from its predecessors, such as the 'Rage' system, which gives the player a temporary boost, and the weapon combining system.

Probably the most entertaining game teaser trailer this year!

The location:

Although not really an island, California is now a restricted zone. It has become a bloody paradise for those who refuse to leave their homes and an action-packed playground for renegades who seek adventure, glory and a fresh start.

Dead Island 2
Dead Island 2

The game will include a large number of California locations, including the beaches of Los Angeles, the hills of Hollywood, and the streets of San Francisco.

There is no inherent explanation for the zombie outbreak but they are rather an established fact in our world who do not come as a surprise.

Don't expect a hyper-realistic or to-scale version of California, though. "Perhaps our geography will be a bit weird," Producer, Kempson says. "The reason we do that isn't technical. It's artistic."

He explains Yager's inspiration for the world:

Dead Island 2
Dead Island 2

"When we first thought of California, what came to mind was this postcard California. If we went down the Santa Monica beach right now, went to the tourist store and they had a postcard of California — that's how we approached the vistas and the scenery. It's the version that I think people are going to recognize from television and movies."


Just like the first in the series, players take on the role of humans that are somehow immune to the virus. The four playable characters have embraced this strange fate, using it as an excuse for a new life tracking down people and treasure in the quarantine zone.

As entertaining as the first game was, the most criticized area of the gameplay was the gun play. Dead Island 2 attempts to introduce more of a tactical element, allowing players to distract zombies with cars, bombs, rocks and of course guns. The aim is to create a more expansive and dynamic environment.

"We want the combat to be more of a sandbox," Reichert says. The game's enemy encounters will mix humans and zombies in a lot of different permutations, allowing players to approach each situation differently.

That includes the ability to bring other human players into the mix. The first game's four-player cooperative multiplayer is being expanded to up to eight players in what Deep Silver is calling "seamless social multiplayer."

Dead Island 2
Dead Island 2

You cannot beat this game

According to an interview with IGN (see 'First Gameplay at Gamescom 2014' below) Game Director, Bernard Diemer says there is no end to the game, i.e. you cannot beat it, and there's no set beginning. It ties in with the game's seamless multiplayer in which up to eight players join forces and help each other with endless amounts of missions. Those eight players join in randomly (without having to accept them), similar to how 'Journey' functions.

Basically, When you turn on Dead Island 2, it defaults to online and creates a server for you or joins one that's already open. It will populate a server with your friends first with the option to pull in strangers from there. Once another player is in your game and on your server, you can choose to group up with them or ignore them. Or, you can fight...

IGN has provided us with their Gamescon 2014 feature for Dead Island 2 - Enjoy!

"We've just tried to put as many great things as possible into Dead Island 2 for people to play with," he says. "We think all the toys are there; we just hope people have fun with it."


Slay and survive with style in this co-op playground. Explore the vast Golden State, from lush forests to sunny beaches. Wield a variety of over-the-top, hand-crafted weapons against human and undead enemies. Upgrade your vehicles, grab your friends, and take a permanent vacation to the zombie apocalypse. Paradise meets Hell and you are the matchmaker!

Dead Island 2
Dead Island 2
  • California! Vast exploration and outlandish survival, welcome to the Golden State as a zombie playground
  • Characters! Choose from an elite crew of heroes who are immune to the zombie virus and are very eager to run headfirst into the apocalypse
  • Combat! Fight against hordes of zombies as well as human enemies - visceral melee combat at its best

  • Crafting! From motorized grinders to electric machetes, decide how you want to dismember the undead

  • Co-op! Seamless zombie multiplayer evolved for up to 8 players, letting you drop in and out of shared 'Survival' adventures

Dead Island 2 is another one of our 2015 horror hot picks. Hording in on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Run, shoot, slash and hack your way through countless undead come April 2015!


Is this your type of zombie romp?

(Sources: IGN, Wiki, Yager)


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