The Dead Island 2 wiki last edited by Yummylee on 09/02/14 08:48PM View full history

Overview

Set a handful of years post-Dead Island: Riptide, the zombie infection has now spread into the American state of California. Four new characters, all of whom are immune to the infection, must now take up whatever weaponry they can find in order to survive the encroaching apocalypse.

Gameplay

Gameplay in Dead Island 2 is highly reminiscent of its predecessors, with it featuring the same brand of analogue-control melee combat for use against shambling hordes of zombies -- weapon crafting returns as well. What is new, however, is the inclusion of duel-wielding, which includes players being able to equip a ranged weapon in one hand and a melee weapon in the other. Players can also craft their unique weaponry anywhere in the world without the use of a workbench.

Cooperative play is once again available, only now has a capacity of 8, raised from the original Dead Island's 4.

Development

Dead Island 2 was announced during E3, 2014 amidst Sony's conference. There was no gameplay shown, but instead a CG trailer. However unlike the original's own CG announcement trailer, Dead Island 2's depicted a much more comical and rambunctious tone. After the trailer had aired, there was much speculation over whether American actor and musician Jack Black was starring in it, due to VO from one of the characters bearing a resemblance. Jack Black himself later denied any involvement with the game during a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' event.

A possible first for the industry, a cat--called Rick Furry in the game--underwent motion-capture for Dead Island 2.

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