Dead Island 2 seems to be back from the dead... again.
Dead Island 2

Dead Island 2 was announced way back at E3 2014. The announcement trailer was pretty great. It was supposed to be out Spring 2015. Then it was delayed until 2016. Then the Dead Island 2 developer, Yager, was dropped by Deep Silver. Then in 2016 it was reported that Sumo Digital took over the development of Dead Island 2. Then in 2019, Sumo Digital partnered with 2K for some mystery projects, with at least one presumed to be Dead Island 2. Finally, later on in 2019 we learned that THQ Nordic put Dambuster Studios in charge of the Dead Island franchise.

Then all was silent.

Until now.

Amazon looks to have leaked the first story and gameplay details for Dead Island 2 after three years of hearing absolutely nothing about the game. Not only that, but the listing on Amazon (since deleted) provided a look at the game's box art and even provided a February 3, 2023 release date. It's possible that is a placeholder date, but placeholder dates are usually set to "December 31" for a given year, not something like February 3.

The description for the game says that you will have six characters to pick from, each with their own unique personalities and dialogue. It also seems to confirm that Dead Island 2 will take place in Los Angeles, which isn't much of an island as we know it, but I digress. Combat is said to be "intense, visceral, and gory."

The Amazon listing talked briefly about a Day 1 Edition that includes a Memories of Banoi Pack. That includes a Banoi War Club, Memories of Banoi Baseball Bat, Weapon Perk - balanced, and a Personal Space skill card. A longer product description provides a tiny bit of additional story details, so let's take a look at that now.

  • Dead Island 2 takes players across the most iconic locations of the City of Angels, now stained with horror, in an exciting pulp journey from the verdant suburbia of Beverly Hills to the quirky promenade of Venice Beach
  • Combat delivers the most intense, visceral and gory first person experience possible, with plenty of weapons and tactical (and brutal) options to chew your way through the zombie horde
  • There are 6 characters to choose from, each with their own unique personality and dialogues - You can fully customize the abilities of each Slayer, with our brand-new skill system allowing you to re-spec instantly and try out the craziest builds.
  • Our LA is crawling with zombies that look & react realistically - These mutated wretches are the reanimated, rotten heart of Dead Island 2 with dozens of distinct zombie types, each with their own mutations, attacks & hundreds of LA-themed variants
  • Day 1 Edition includes the Memories of Banoi Pack - Banoi War Club, Memories of Banoi Baseball Bat, Weapon Perk – balanced, Personal space skill card
A deadly virus is spreading across Los Angeles, California, turning its inhabitants into ravenous zombies. The city is in quarantine and the military have retreated. Bitten, infected, but more than just immune, you learn to harness the zombie inside. Only you, and the handful of other swaggering fellows who happen to be resistant to the pathogen, holds the future of LA (and humanity), in the balance. As you uncover the truth behind the outbreak you’ll discover who – or what – you are. Survive, evolve, save the world – just another day in LA! The much-loved zombie saga is back with a unique formula of horror, dark humor and over the top zombie-slaying, spanning an epic pulp adventure. Dead Island 2 is a thrilling First-Person Action RPG that takes players across a brand-new playground. Stylish, vibrant and flooded with zombie infection, explore iconic, gore-drenched Los Angeles. Meet larger-than-life characters. Slay countless foes in exquisitely bloody detail. And evolve to become the ultimate Zombie Slayer. See you in HELL-A!
Apparently, the Epic vs Apple legal battle revealed that Dead Island 2 for PC will be an Epic Games Store exclusive, just as the upcoming Saints Row game will be.

Below (and at the top of this story) you can see the images shared through Amazon below along with the PlayStation 5 box art.

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