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All the News on Dead Island 2 – Release Date, Characters, and More

Dead Island 2 is a zombie-filled adventure game set to be released by publisher Deep Silver and developer Dambuster Studios on April 28, 2023. The game was developed as a sequel to the 2011 title Dead Island. The game features an open-world environment, allowing players to explore and take on different missions. Dead Island 2 also has co-op gameplay, which means players can experience the zombie apocalypse with their friends. There is a horde of zombies waiting for you, but fear not! Let's get into it! We've got everything you need to know about Dead Island 2 here.

Dead Island 2: Hell-A

Los Angeles isn't exactly an island, but it is an excellent location to explore a zombie-infested hell on earth. Referred to as "Hell-A," players will get to experience LA after the city of angels turns into the city of the undead. The United States Military Forces have imposed full quarantine-restricted zones on California due to a renewed and more powerful zombie epidemic, which took place some months after the events of Dead Island. You are also infected with the same virus but don't go total zombie. Having zombie DNA has its perks, allowing you to perform some superhuman acts.



Loot, Chill and Explore

Get your friends together and explore the city, looking for supplies and taking down any zombies that get in your way. With a bit of luck, you might be able to survive the zombie apocalypse! When you need a break, there are plenty of other things to do, from looting to hanging out -- Hell-A offers the best a broken paradise has to offer.

Hangout With Hell-A's Entertaining Cast

In all of this, you aren't the sole one who survived. You may come across additional survivors on your travels, including a former Hollywood cowboy, a terrifyingly dedicated sci-fi cosplayer, an elderly drunk with mental issues, and a social media celebrity who takes extreme measures to satisfy her fans. It's good that they frequently have the finest and deadliest rewards to offer in exchange for your slaying expertise because they'll ask for your assistance occasionally.


Fierce Melee Combat

Use Dead Island 2's gore system to slash, chop, break, and spatter zombies back to the grave. Use the environment to your advantage and concoct creative solutions to extinguish hordes of the undead.

Weapons Galore

Are you tired of the same old gun-toting action that most zombie-slaying titles offer? Find your perfect weapon and take down zombies like a cast member from the Walking Dead. From katanas, hammers, maces, and broadswords to bo staffs, and sign poles, you'll always have something available when your bucket of bullets runs dry.

Your Inner Zombie Is Calling

Sometimes weapons are no match for a hundred bloodthirsty freaks looking for brains and guts to satisfy their appetite. Harness the power of the undead and enter fury mode to become a complete savage—a true equalizer in your fight against the undead. Thanks to the zombie DNA that flows through your veins, you're in luck.

Alexa Game Control Is Your Secret Weapon

Use your voice like a secret weapon to command your character and trick the undead enemy. Players in select regions will be able to use Alexa voice commands. Find more on Deep Silver's twitch page: Twitch. T.V./DeepSilver.

Explore Hell-A

Visit locations like Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and the iconic Hollywood Hills. From the beachfront promenade to dangerous canyons and eerie ghost towns, this is California, as you've never seen it before. Witness first-hand what happens when a zombie outbreak takes over the sunny state of California. In Dead Island 2, players will know how the infected have taken hold of the Golden State, turning it into a recognizable but frighteningly dead place.


A Co-op Adventure Worthy of the Silver Screen

This is the sequel to the zombie-slaying title that redefined co-op gameplay. In Dead Island 2, team up with three other survivors and take on the role of one of four unique characters. Each character has a distinct skill set that players can use to survive in California. Wield crazy melee weapons, customize your arsenal of guns, and upgrade your characters' abilities. Enjoy the beautiful cinematics with your friends and work together like four star-studded cast members of your own zombie horror flick.

Zombie Paradise

What do you get when you take a human paradise, overpopulate it, and infect it with a crazy virus? YOu get Hell-A! L.A. is the perfect setting for a zombie paradise. Dead Island 2's first-person gameplay, gore system, and cinematic co-op adventure are sure to please many fans of the series and zombie games. Fight zombie hordes as you try to survive the worst virus outbreak since the one seen on Banoi Island. There are plenty of weapons to choose from, and a brand-new skill system is in place that allows players to create the ultimate zombie-slaying survivor. The island of Banoi was just the Dead Island 2, paradise goes zombie!

Dead Island 2 Editions

Dead Island 2 will come in three different editions. The base game will start at $69.99.

Dead Island 2 Standard Edition

Dead Island 2 Standard Edition includes:

  • Dead Island 2

  • Memories of Banoi Pack

Dead Island 2 Deluxe Edition

Dead Island 2 Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Dead Island 2

  • Character Pack 1

  • Character Pack 2

  • Golden Weapons Pack

  • Memories of Banoi Pack

Dead Island 2 Gold Edition

Dead Island 2 Gold Edition includes:

  • Dead Island 2

  • Expansion Pass

  • Character Pack 1

  • Character Pack 2

  • Golden Weapons Pack

  • Pulp Weapons Pack

  • Memories of Banoi Pack

Frequently Asked Questions


Will Dead Island 2 ever be released?

Dead Island 2 will be released on April 28, 2023. It will be released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.

Will Dead Island 2 be co-op?

Yes, a co-op-focused cinematic adventure awaits players who are not ready to brave the city of Hell-A alone. Up to four players can drop in and drop out of the game anytime.

Why did Techland not make Dead Island 2?

Techland created the first Dead Island game. Due to multiple changes by the studios working on it, Dead Island 2 has had a problematic development since it was announced in 2014. Techland was initially assigned to work on Dead Island 2, but they chose to work on Dying Light for Warner Bros. instead. In 2012, Yager Development was enlisted to create Dead Island 2, but in 2015, the studio was scrapped, and Sumo Digital took its place. Dambuster, a Deep Silver internal studio, took over as the developer in 2019 after Sumo Digital was removed. The game found a development home and is set to be released nearly a decade after its announcement.


Dead Island 2 will finally be released on April 28, 2023. It has had a long and challenging development process, but it is now ready to be enjoyed by fans of the series. The game will be co-op focused, so players can drop in and out as they please, and up to four players can play together. Enter the brutal melee sandbox, full of thrilling pulp action, and come out as the ultimate zombie slayer. Take down countless foes infected with the deadly virus and enjoy the dark humor offered by the crazy cast of characters. This game looks exciting, and I can't wait to play it this spring!


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