Dead Island 2 Rises One Week Earlier Than Expected

Dead Island 2's new release date is one week earlier than expected, hitting store shelves on April 21, 2023.

Publisher Deep Silver and developer Dambuster Studios have announced that Dead Island 2 will be rising from the dead one week earlier than originally anticipated. Previously set for a release on April 28, Dead Island 2 is now scheduled to hit store shelves on April 21, 2023. The reason for this change? Dead Island 2 has just gone gold.

In the lead-up to its release, Deep Silver promises to unveil more gameplay and new trailers of Dead Island 2 for fans. Despite being in the public consciousness for nearly a decade, there are still quite a few unknowns when it comes to this game. It will be good for fans to actually see more of the game beforehand.

After nearly a decade of back-and-forth development and changes between publishers, the long-anticipated sequel to Techland's original 2011 hit is finally crossing the finish line. Skyrocketing to infamy with one of the most viewed trailers of all time, Dead Island didn't quite live up to expectations when it finally shambled onto consoles. While a semi-sequel improved things, Techland would find much more success with its follow-up title Dying Light.

As for Dead Island 2, it was originally announced as a PS4 title during E3 2014. With Techland having split away from Deep Silver to create its own series, the publisher was left scrambling to figure out who would create this latest installment. Dambuster Studios was eventually put on the task in 2019, reworking the game from multiple studios before it. The game will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Series X|S.


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Published Feb. 13th 2023

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