Dead Island 2: Several years after the release of Dead Island, Deep Silver announced that they were working on a new title in the series, simply titled Dead Island 2. But since its initial announcement back in 2014 at Sony’s E3 press meet, the developers have revealed very little about the game. While fans are mostly sure that the upcoming game will follow the overall pattern of the first title’s “paradise to hell” pattern, not much else is known except the fact that Dead Island 2 will be set in California.
Dead Island 2 has already met with several bouts of delay following a number of changes in the developer team, prompting sporadic rumors from a few quarters that Deep Silver has canceled the game altogether. Dead Island 2 was originally set to release in the spring of 2015, but that was later moved to 2016 citing issues in the creative process. The developers simply said that they had not quite achieved what they were looking for. At around the same time, it became public knowledge that the game’s initial developer Yager was dropped from the project due to creative differences and Deep Silver began looking for a new developer soon after. However, British developer Sumo Digital did not come on board until March 2016, and a few weeks ago the makers announced that the release date for the sequel had been pushed back to 2017. Due to the constant changes in the development team, there is very little confirmed information about Dead Island 2.
Dead Island 2: What To Expect
Going by the limited gameplay footage released by the developers to date, Dead Island 2, much like its predecessor, will be a zombie apocalypse title to be played in the first person. However, the game is expected to implement a lot of upgrades to make it rise far above the first game in the series. For though Dead Island was praised for its overall atmosphere, many of its technical aspects were criticized, chiefly due to several glitches in the system.
Among the things that we know, Dead Island 2 will be set a while after the events of the previous game in several locations across California, including multiple prominent places in Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to the plot, the epidemic in California is bad enough for the whole of the state to be placed under quarantine by the US military. The game will feature at least four playable characters, each of whom will come with their own backstory and special skills to fight the zombies as well as human enemies. Weapons will obviously form an important part of Dead Island 2, and as we saw in the 2011 game, melee weapons will be given a priority for the ultimate zombie destruction experience. Players will also be able to craft their own weapons which will range from chainsaws to electric grinders. A co-op multiplayer supporting up to eight players is also expected to come.
Dead Island 2 Cancellation Rumors
Dead Island 2 was announced one standalone expansion and one spinoff later, and thanks to the poor reception of the latter, fans finally had the reason to celebrate the prospects of a better game. Now Dead Island certainly had a lot of positives, but the negatives added up to create an unwanted baggage. Now that we have a new title coming up with a similar flavor, everyone who had played the first game was naturally excited. But there have been problems aplenty with the upcoming sequel as well. Not only has the game been incessantly delayed, but much to the agony of fans, there has been no new information shared by the creators at all about its development. This has led to speculations that perhaps Dead Island 2 has been cancelled altogether (no surprises there).
In fact, if you look up Dead Island 2, you will see more posts about the game’s apparent cancellation than there are any solid pieces of news about it. But it’s better to not pay heed to the naysayers, especially to those who present opinions without any substantial proof. There have been so many titles in the past that have been delayed for years before they were launched eventually- remember Final Fantasy XV? The truth is, developing a game from scratch is by no means an easy feat, and delays can be caused by a number of reasons. We will remain optimistic and say that the case is similar with Dead Island 2. So until the developers state something about its status clearly, there is no reason to believe that it has been stalled indefinitely, or worse, cancelled.
However, the several changes of hands might also lead to some significant changes to the game’s overall execution. So we expect to see things like a revamped storyline or even new mechanics that have been rebuilt from the ground.
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Dead Island 2 System Requirements
We’re expecting some thorough upgrades for Dead Island 2, and that means the new game might demand a more updated PC. We also expect the game to make a move towards 64-Bit operating systems and better graphics equipment. The specs noted below might serve as a hint towards the game’s requirements, but rest assured knowing that we will update this section when Deep Silver announces something.
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Requirements|
|Operating System||Windows 7 64-Bit or higher||Windows 7 64-Bit or higher|
|Processor||Core i3-2100 @ 3.1 GHz||Core i5-3330 @ 3 GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT, OR, NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT||AMD Radeon HD 5670, OR, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT|
|DirectX||DirectX 9||DirectX 10|
Dead Island 2 Release Date
Official information about Dead Island 2 at this year’s major gaming events has been next to nil. Except for a tweet earlier in 2016 from Deep Silver which said that they were working on the game, not much has been heard. After a series of delays, Dead Island 2 is presently supposed to be released sometime in 2017, though a specific date has not been confirmed by anyone involved. Interestingly, the game can be found listed for pre-order on Amazon which points at a release date of December 29, 2017. This may just be a placeholder and nothing else, but at least it’s a positive indication.
With all said and done, we are really looking forward to Dead Island 2. Not simply because it could present the core feel of the previous game in a whole new mould, but mainly because it looks like we’re in for a lot of surprises. Going by the steely silence of the creators, it is safe to assume they are hard at work to deliver something that will live up to the hype built around it. We say go for it.