Nine years after its initial reveal, Dead Island 2 will be released on February 3, according to a listing of the PS4 version on Amazon. This is naturally subject to change and could just be a placeholder – this being Dead Island 2, I wouldn’t be surprised – but it fits recent clues by the CEO of Embracer Group that the open-world zombie game will be released in the company’s 2023 fiscal year.
The Amazon listing (opens in a new tab) reiterates some of the points we’ve come to know about the game during its long time in development hell. It’s set in a “horror-stained” version of Los Angeles, meaning you’ll be able to bludgeon zombies in “the leafy suburb of Beverly Hills” and “the original boardwalk of Venice Beach.” The combat is “visceral and gory”, naturally, and there will be “dozens” of different types of zombies to gut, all with an LA theme, of course.
It’s been confirmed since 2014 that Dead Island 2 will have at least four playable characters, but the Amazon listing exceeds six. “You can fully customize each Slayer’s abilities, with our brand new skill system allowing you to instantly re-spec and try out the craziest builds,” reads Amazon’s blurb.
On that note, here is the full product description: A deadly virus is spreading through Los Angeles, California, turning its residents into hungry zombies. The city is under quarantine and the military has withdrawn. Bitten, infected, but more than immune, you learn to exploit the zombie within. Only you, and the handful of other swaggering comrades who happen to be resistant to the pathogen, hold the future of LA (and humanity) in the balance. By uncovering the truth behind the epidemic, you will find out who – or what – you are. Survive, evolve, save the world – just another day in LA! The beloved zombie saga returns with a unique formula of horror, dark humor and zombie slaying, spanning an epic adventure. Dead Island 2 is a thrilling first-person action-RPG that takes players to a whole new playground. Sleek, vibrant, and awash with zombie infection, explore iconic and gore Los Angeles. Meet larger than life characters. Kill countless enemies in extremely bloody detail. And evolve to become the ultimate Zombie Slayer. See you in HELL-A!
The listing is for the Day One Edition, which includes a bunch of cosmetics, a baseball bat (one in-game, for raping the undead), and a weapon perk. Here are the screenshots attached to the listing:
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…and here is the PS4 box art:
Dead Island 2 has already been confirmed as an Epic Store exclusive, and it’s likely the PC version won’t even receive a physical boxed copy, so it’s hard to say if those day one benefits apply to us. The game is in development at Dambuster Studios, having changed hands from Yager and then Sumo Digital.