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Everything We Know About Dead Island 2: Gameplay, Setting & More

Dead Island 2 has been stuck in development hell for a while, but players are still optimistic about jumping back into the series. Here’s everything we know about Dead Island 2 so far, from its cancellation to a leaked release window.

It’s been over a decade since the original Dead Island was released in 2011, and fans have been hungry for another dose of zombie action ever since. Despite a relatively mediocre critical response, it clearly made a splash, selling over five million copies.

Dead Island 2 was announced fairly shortly after, but fell into an incredibly choppy development cycle that was accompanied by major delays. Luckily, the zombie genre is still going strong, as games like Dying Light 2 and Back 4 Blood proved recently, and Dead Island 2 still has a lot of hype behind it.

We’ve put everything we know so far about Dead Island 2 into one handy guide, including the setting, possible release date, and new developers.


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Dead Island 2 trailer

E3 2014 reveal trailer

Despite being almost 10 years in development, there has only been one official trailer for Dead Island 2 so far – a CGI reveal trailer from E3 2014. Check it out below:

Is there a Dead Island 2 release date?

Unfortunately, there’s still no official Dead Island 2 release date, but we’ve received some hints as to when it will finally be out.

Well-known leaker Tom Henderson claimed on February 10th Video that the game would be revealed “fairly soon” with a release date of Q4 2022. However, he also noted that this could easily slide to early 2023 if there are any issues.

Similar, Sacred Symbols Host Colin Moriarty reported that Dead Island 2 could be revealed in the near future, with a 2022 release likely. September has been set as the absolute “earliest” month for a potential launch.

So far, nothing has been confirmed by the developers, but if this information is anything, we could have some big news about Dead Island 2 very soon.

Dead Island 2 Zombie
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Dead Island 2 will have different types of undead that players will have to contend with.

Dead Island 2 developers

Dead Island 2 is currently being worked on by Nottingham-based developer Dambuster Studios. But they are the fourth team to be attached to the project after many changes.

The developers of the first game, Techland, were originally set to return but opted to work on the Dying Light series instead. Yager Development was designed around 2012 before being replaced by Sumo Digital in 2015.

Finally, in 2019, it was announced that Dambuster, an in-house studio of publisher Deep Silver, would be taking the reins. The new team appears to have stabilized the ship, and work on Dead Island 2 is reportedly in a good place.

Dead Island 2 setting

Dead Island 2 moves away from the fictional island of Banoi from the first game and is expected to take place in an open-world version of California. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles are featured, with popular landmarks littering the map.

This is based on information released early in Dead Island 2’s long development, so there’s always a chance things may have changed. But having already released a well-received trailer hinting at California as the setting, Deep Silver is unlikely to have completely abandoned the original vision for the game.

Dead Island player with bat
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The brutal melee combat made Dead Island an instant hit.

Dead Island 2 gameplay

Little is known about how Dead Island 2 will actually play, as we haven’t seen any gameplay footage since 2014. It’s safe to assume it’ll retain the hack-and-slash melee combat that made the original a fan favorite with some, with weapons like shotguns thrown into the mix.

Crafting was a big part of Dead Island and its DLC, so expect even more weird and wonderful weapons to carve your way through hordes of undead in the sequel. The Rage Mode system is also set to return, giving players a performance boost as a reward for racking up kills.


That’s all we know about Dead Island 2 so far. 2022 could be a big year for game news, so keep checking back for the latest updates. For more information on the biggest upcoming games, check out some of our other hubs:

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