Dead Island 2: What We Know So Far and What to Expect from the Upcoming Zombie Survival Game

After years of delays and gameplay trailers, the release date of the incredibly long-awaited sequel to the hit zombie-smashing Dead Island is finally within arm's reach. The game is scheduled to come out on April 21. This cult classic was hinted at in 2014, but the game disappeared without a trace due to some constraints. It was not until Gamescom 2022 that the sequel was officially showcased for the world to see, and where the game emerged once again, with a release date of February 3, 2023, which was eventually slated to release on April 21 of the same year. With the release just around the corner, and the company showing no signs of any potential delays, let us recall everything we know about this post-apocalyptic world.

The Story

Even though the specifics are shrouded in mystery to prevent the fans from knowing too much about the game, what we do know about it is that Dead Island 2 begins with you on an evacuation plane as you have been rescued and are being flown to a safe haven which is protected from the zombie-infested Los Angeles. Along with other survivors who are on the plane with you, the journey is cut short as the rescue plane crashes. Find yourself fighting off zombies to recover from the crash and salvage something from the wreckage. You find that you are somehow immune to being affected by the virus as you get bit by a zombie, but realize that you are not changing. This sets the premise of the whole story as you have to gather survivors and fight through the zombie-ridden city to find a way to contact authorities for your rescue.


It is too early to say for sure, but the game has certainly knocked it out of the park regarding the overall gameplay and the various ways you can use the surroundings to your advantage. The developers made sure to pick out what was best from the first part and further polish it while introducing new features that complement them. Although the sequel also focuses on a hack–and–slash, it has evolved to a great degree to produce much more polished and updated combat, with the most noticeable change being the FLESH system. Short for the Fully Locational Evisceration System for Humanoids, the FLESH system is for all the enemies in the game. It allows players to individually target not only the different parts of the body but it takes it to another level by allowing players to target different features of a zombie, such as their eye sockets or individual jaw.


Considering the amount of time people have been waiting for this game, the hype for it is through the roof, and for now, it seems like the game will deliver. However, the true potential and how the game plays out can only be confirmed once Dead Island 2 comes out on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on April 21, 2023.