“After the first outbreak on Banoi in Dead Island 1, the world has moved on,” creative producer Jan-Eric Lauble said on the PlayStation Blog. “Zombies are known and everyone feels safe and prepared. Companies are selling vaccines and the latest zombie survival kits and people believe that the disaster that occurred on a small island in the middle of nowhere could never happen to them. But they were so WRONG!
“Suddenly, a string of brutal outbreaks occur in California and the government puts a wall around the infected area – leaving California as a “Dead Island.” Dead? Not entirely, because let’s face it, a zombie apocalypse has its upsides as well: No boring job, no traffic jams, and no bills to pay.”
Now zombified, California invites players to become the hero of the zombie apocalypse in a “dynamic, bright, and beautiful open world,” where up to eight players can fight together and handcraft their weapons. The combat system has also been remade from scratch.
The PlayStation 4 version will see a 30-day exclusive beta, as well as additional content, such as a character class, only available in the PlayStation 4 version.
Watch the debut trailer below. View the first artwork at the gallery.