Hey guys, thanks for coming. We’re here to talk about the upcoming game Dead Island 2. But before we do that, we need to give this game a little background and go over its predecessors.

Dead Island was released in 2011 by Techland and Deep Silver and was an open world survival-horror, action zombie game. I remember the very first trailer I saw for it. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. When it came out…it was okay. I mean, the open world aspect was fun, the abundant side quests, the environment was pretty, and the game was fast paced.

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Granted, it was a bit buggy but it was still unlike anything I had seen regarding zombie games. When I saw Dead Island Riptide (2013) I was very excited. It was the same characters, added to the storyline and added even more of the crazy weapon creations I loved from the first game.

Now…raise your had if you have ever been personally victimized by Dead Island Riptide.

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Yeah, me too. It was one of the buggiest games I had ever seen. To this day it remains the buggiest games I’ve played and that includes the Fallout games (which I adore) and Battlefield. Sometimes I wonder if the green blood was due to censorship and the censored copies made their way to the US. And don’t get me started on the weird eye glitch.

Well…that was fucking terrifying.

Regardless, it was a disaster and it turns out, it wasn’t the sequel to the first game as most thought. It was created as an expansion to the first game. And we’re just going to completely skip over Escape Dead Island. SKIP!!

With the release of Dying Light in 2015 (Techland had a hand in this one but not Deep Silver), it was everything Dead Island was trying to be. Open world, fast paced, intense with the change in gameplay from day to night, and parkour!

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Well, we have another Dead Island game acomin’ folks, Dead Island 2 and the trailer looks fantastic. Check it out.

I’ll give them this, they know how to get your attention. And is that Jack Black I hear??

Looks like we’re off the island and in California (three locations to be exact: Los Angeles, San Fransisco and a secret location) and everything is going to hell in a hand-basket.

By the looks of the trailer, it has maintained the fast paced aspect and the humor of the first game. It’s still being distributed by Deep Silver, but was to be produced by Yager Development until Sumo Digital took over this time last year. Techland decided to spend it’s energy on Dying Light (good call) and passed on Dead Island 2, hence their lack of involvement.

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The release date has been pushed back many times, a notorious issue for this game company. Hopefully the extended release date means more care will be going into the actual game. As of right now, the release date is set for December 31, 2017. However, don’t get your hopes up, because often that’s just a place holder until an actual date, normally further out, is announced.

Here’s hoping the trailer isn’t a red herring for more green blood and zombies that sink inexplicably into the grass.

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