2011’s hit zombie action game Dead Island may finally have a sequel see the light of day. A Dead Island 2 release date has been seen with a new listing for Dead Island 2 Day One Edition has recently popped up on Amazon for PlayStation 4. With a list price of $69.99 and a release date of February 3, 2023, nothing has been officially announced yet but this seems like a pretty good indication that Deep Silver’s long-awaited sequel may finally be out of development hell, 12 years after the original game was released.
First shared by Wario64 on Twitter, shortly after the initial PlayStation 4 listing was found on Amazon, screenshots and listings were also dug up for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X listings. The product description also mentions several key details, including the game’s setting of Los Angeles, six playable characters, a brand new skill system, and a plethora of weapons to choose from. Day One edition is set to include the Memories of Banoi pack with the Banoi War Club, Memories of Banoi Baseball Bat, Weapon perk - balanced, and the Personal space skill card.
Despite positive critical and commercial reception to the original Dead Island, as well as positive reception to the trailer for Dead Island 2 that was initially released at E3 2014, there has been scant news on the state of the mythical sequel for several years now, though in 2020 Deep Silver (part of Embracer) confirmed the game was still alive. It was one of 80 games Embracer (then going by THQ Nordic for the parent company) had in developmentin 2019. Earlier this summer, Goat Simulator 3’s announcement trailer did pay homage and do a fakeout to the game, recreating the 2014 trailer in the world of Goat Simulator, using goats instead of zombies, to some fans’ disappointment.
The sequel is being led currently by Dambuster, an internal studio at Deep Silver, who previously handled Homefront: The Revolution. In fact, they were founded for that purpose when Deep Silver bought the IP from Crytek, along with hiring most of the staff who were working on it. They are the third studio to be on this game, as Yager, developers of the first Dead Island, were removed in 2015 from the project. Sumo Digital took over in developer 2016 but was removed in 2019 in a quiet announcement as part of an earnings release by Embracer (then THQ Nordic) without any specific reasons.
With Gamescom 2022 starting in just a week, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, is announced officially for Dead Island 2 or if these Amazon listings are just false starts. In the meantime, we advise all Dead Island fans to keep their fingers crossed.