Dead Island 2 has been missing in action for a hot minute. The sequel was originally unveiled back in 2014, and due to development issues has since moved from original developer Techland to Dambuster Studios. But the game has resurfaced and closed out this year’s Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase.
The re-unveiling began with a cinematic trailer featuring Jacob, one of six playable characters featured in Dead Island 2 as he does some zombie killing and shows that some modern inconveniences like not having batteries in your TV remote still persist into the zombie apocalypse. The video ends with a February 3, 2023 release date. It’s finally coming out almost a decade after its original announcement.
The cinematic trailer was fine, but with the game having been gone so long and the release date being less than a year away, it was a good thing Dambuster Studios also brought gameplay footage. Otherwise we’d have plenty of reason to be skeptical. All-in-all, it’s probably best that the team waited to have a release date set to bring Dead Island 2 back into the public eye. When you’ve had a project in the works for this long, reintroducing it to do another two-year-long marketing campaign is not the best way to endear folks to the game, because they’ve been strung on long enough.
Dead Island 2 will launch almost 12 years after the original game, which was released on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC back in 2011. A spin-off called Dead Island: Riptide followed in 2013, as well as an adventure game set in its universe called Escape Dead Island that came out the following year. Original developer Techland has gone on to work on the Dying Light series, another zombie game that just had its second game Dying Light 2 Stay Human that launched last year. For more on that, be sure to check out Fanbyte’s review.