Survival games have made huge waves in the gaming world during the past decade. Growing more popular with the help of games from the Resident Evil series, Nazi Zombies in CoD: World at War, co-op savvy Left 4 Dead or Naughty Dog’s highly acclaimed title The Last of Us. Dead Island is another undead surviving adventure game that made a name for itself, (and its developers Techland) but while many other adaptions have made an appearance since its original release in 2011, we’re still with hardly any details about its announced sequel, Dead Island 2.
Selling over 5 million copies worldwide, Dead Island became the most successful game in the developer’s history (since then Techland’s 2015 release of Dying Light has surpassed Dead Island, selling as many copies in just six months). Releasing a standalone DLC, Dead Island: Riptide, a spin-off game, a remaster for next-gen systems and even a retro side-scrolling game, Dead Island has kept its fans entertained, but for how much longer? With numerous push-backs, a developer change and a lack of details pertaining to the game, new IP’s are starting to leave Dead Island 2 in the dust.
A big selling point for the Dead Island was Techland’s gripping theatrical trailer, sending chills down the spine in reverse slow-motion undead carnage, set to a beautifully written orchestra piece. Showing what appears to be a family on vacation savagely slashing away in bloody mayhem, it also suggests a personal setting rooted in a deep, emotional story. What Dead Island delivered was anything but, providing a melee focused slasher with a bit of wit added on top. So with other IP’s appearing that scratched that itch, i.e. The Last of Us, Dying Light, etc., is the gaming world excited for an official release date for Dead island 2?
After the release of the DLC Riptide, unsettling reviews started coming in, namely, picking at the performance (or lack there of). Since then the spin-off game, Escape Dead Island developed by Fatshark released to yet another round of disappointing reviews, digging the hole to obscurity even farther. While providing more back story to the original series and a new twist on graphics and gameplay, Escape didn’t give the fans enough of what they were looking for. The addictive co-op, beautiful and colorful, though often glitchy graphics and more melee mayhem on the infected population were selling points for the original. Patch up the performance issues and lay down a serious, gut wrenching story and a sequel may be what bounces the series back from extinction.
So whether Deep Silver, along with new developers Sumo Digital, have to reel fans back in with another riveting trailer or show promise of a storyline that dramatically out-does the first, the game remains under development. The brutal survival game moves from the island of Banoi to several California areas after the infection spreads. For all you Dead Island fans that patiently cling on to hope of a sequel, let’s hope for the end of this year or early next to be your time. Tell us what you think about the series in the comments!