It’s been an interesting year for leaks from official sources. Remakes for The Last of Us and Tactics Ogre both appeared on the PlayStation Store before any announcements. The Last of Us Part 1 came hours before the official reveal, while the Tactics Ogre: Reborn was two months before Square Enix showed off the remake. Now, it looks like another game has prematurely leaked.
Dead Island 2 has finally reappeared after being incognito for a long time. Deals guru Wario64 noticed an Amazon listing for the “Day 1 Edition” of the PlayStation 4 version of the game. Similar listings for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions of the game quickly followed. The thing is, publisher Deep Silver has yet to officially reveal the title. It’s likely that was going to happen at Gamescom 2022, which is happening next week.
The listings all have a release date of February 3, 2023, which could be an Amazon placeholder, but is likely the real launch date. There’s also a detailed description of the game. Dead Island 2 still takes place in California, as it did back when it was first revealed in 2014.
“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,” says the listing. “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.”
The description also talks about the zombie variants and a “Memories of Banoi Pack” that comes with the Day 1 Edition. There’s no further information, but the listings do feature the game’s cover art and a few new screenshots. Yep, that’s a modern Dead Island, for sure.
Dead Island 2 has been a long time coming. The first game was released in 2011 and developed by Techland, who would later go on to release its own zombie series, Dying Light. The sequel was announced during Sony’s E3 2014 press event, followed by early gameplay footage at Gamescom 2014. At the time, Yager Development was handling the game.
Publisher Deep Silver dropped Yager Development from the project in July 2014, with a new developer not signing on until March 2016 when Sumo Digital took it over. Deep Silver’s parent company, Koch Media, was acquired by THQ Nordic in 2018. Following the acquisition, THQ Nordic announced on August 2019 that Homefront: The Revolution developer Dambuster Studios had taken over the game. Oh, and somewhere during the same year, THQ Nordic became Embracer Group, despite also having a division still called THQ Nordic.
Anyways, it’s clear we’ll be seeing more of Dead Island 2 next week. You can keep yourself occupied with the screenshots, or go play Dying Light 2, which is already out and pretty solid. In fact, it just released a trailer for its first DLC, Bloody Ties.