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Dead Island
Dead Island

PC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: Techland Official Site:
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date:
9th September 2011
Dead Island

Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: Techland
Official Site: http://www.deadisland...
Publisher: Deep Silver
Release Date:
9th September 2011
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Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Post by Eorl @ 11:02am 31/10/12 | 5 Comments
Deep Silver today announced the global release of Dead Island Riptide, the next title in the Dead Island franchise, as well as providing details for the exclusive pre-order editions of the game. The new title will see players once again taking up the challenge of surviving the zombie apocalypse, this time introducing a fifth playable character into the mix.
The survivors of the zombie-apocalypse on the once beautiful island resort of Banoi escaped in a helicopter to the safety of a military ship. When a furious storm hits and the virus suddenly spreads throughout the crew, the nightmare starts all over again, leaving hope drowning in the rising tides.

Devastated by a monsoon, the island of Palanai is crawling with new zombie mutations. A fifth character with an all-new skillset will join the team, providing much needed support. Additional multiplayer communication features and brand new hub defense missions will test the survivor’s teamplay skills.
For those looking to pre-order the game two versions are currently available, the Pre-order Edition and the Special Retailers Edition. Both include a exclusive pack of weapon mods however the retailers edition will include a selected skin dependent on the retailer.

Dead Island Riptide will be available April 26th, 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Post by Eorl @ 10:28am 17/01/12 | 5 Comments
Deep Silver, the developers of the zombie survival game Dead Island, have announced today that they are planning to bring a new story in the form of DLC, titled "Ryder White".

The DLC will allow the player to take control of Ryder White, the antagonist of the main game. Players will be able to see a new perspective into the incidents in the main story of Dead Island, and why exactly Ryder White did what he had to do.
The DLC stars Ryder White as a newly playable character and offers a single player campaign with several hours of story content with twists and turns that will shed new light on the game’s happenings. Two blueprints and weapons will further expand the already impressive arsenal of Dead Island.

The DLC will be available February 1st, on all three platforms. It will be available for 800 Microsoft points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace or for £7.99 on PSN and Steam.

Check out the screenshots below which show off the new DLC, or have a look at our review by nachosjustice here.

Thursday, 3 November 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:40am 03/11/11 | 7 Comments
Despite the very disappointing Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Techland still managed to make an impact in the first-person space this year with their first-person survival holiday sim, Dead Island, where players fend off an increasing zombie epidemic on a lush tropical island by making makeshift weapons (ala Dead Rising) and slicing up the undead.

The game was met with mixed reviews (check out the AusGamers review - 8.1/10), but has seemingly sold well enough to have the developer applying for other "Dead" trademarks, specifically "Dead World" as was originally reported over at Siliconera (thanks Eurogamer). You can check the trademark application out by clicking here.

Techland responded to the speculation by saying they don't respond to speculation, but it really seems like a no-brainer. Speaking of braaaaainssss - does the world need another zombie title? If this turns out to be true, what would you like to see Techland improve with a Dead Island follow-up?
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Post by Dan @ 01:54pm 28/09/11 | 12 Comments
Following the success of Deep Silver and Techland's recently released zombie shooter Dead Island, motion picture group Lionsgate have announced that they have secured the film rights and a Dead Island movie is now in the early development stage with Producers Sean Daniel (The Mummy, Tombstone, Dazed and Confused) and Stefan Sommerfield attached.
Like the trailer that will serve as its primary creative inspiration, the film DEAD ISLAND will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling. Said Drake of the property's acquisition, "Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck." He continued, "This is exactly the type of property we're looking to adapt at Lionsgate - it's sophisticated, edgy, and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love. It also has built in brand recognition around the world, and franchise potential."
The referenced trailer is of course that impressive cinematic announcement video, that gathered a lot of attention when it landed back in February. For a re-cap, hit the embed below or click here for the HD option.

Friday, 16 September 2011
Post by trog @ 09:25am 16/09/11 | 38 Comments
IndustryGamers reports that the zombie shooter Dead Island has been a big success for publisher Deep Silver, well on the way to two million sales:
Deep Silver also noted that Dead Island "has held the #1 chart position in many global markets including the UK and France as well as on Steam, and will have sold 2 million units globally to retailers by the end of this week."

“We’re thrilled at the retail reception Dead Island has achieved in its first few days,” said Geoff Mulligan, Chief Operating Officer at Deep Silver, “The critical ‘first week’ of game sales has been an enormous sales success for Deep Silver. We’re working quickly with our distribution partner in North America, Square Enix, to restock shelves as quickly as we can.”
The game has clearly been a bit of a hit here in Australia - there's a lot of community buzz accompanying our review, which scored a very respectable 8.1.

If all goes to plan we'll have a couple of copies of the game to give out to our forum community, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers in the next couple of days, so if you're busting for the game and haven't snagged it yet, stay tuned.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Post by trog @ 09:18am 13/09/11 | 11 Comments
Some enterprising users are collating all data about how to mod the recently released Dead Island to fix some commonly complained about issues like FOV and mouse sensitivity; it is all available in this post on the Steam forums.

There was some concern raised about this possibly triggering a VAC ban, but Steam Support have settled the issue with a Twittering clearly stating that modding your Dead Island setup won't get you banned.
Friday, 9 September 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:09am 09/09/11 | 22 Comments
Eurogamer reports that an incorrect version of Dead Island for PC made its way to Steam that featured a line of code referring to a skill called "Feminist Whore", which has obviously raised more than a few eyebrows since being pointed out.

The "FeministWhorePurna" line was find within the Data0.pak\Data\default_player_setup.scr path by Steam Forum goers, and subsequently became the bane of Techland's existence.

"It obviously violates professional and ethical standards at Techland and should never have happened," the game's international brand manager, Blazej Krakowiak, told the site.

"We're investigating this right now and we'll issue a statement later. For now, I can only express my sincerest apologies for this incident and assure you that whoever acted so irresponsibly did not represent the views and opinions of Techland," he added.

"I'm equally sure that aside from the author of that unfortunate line of code, everyone at the office is as disturbed by this as you are."

We have a lot of coding type readers across AusGamers, are shenanigans like this commonplace in the coding world, or was this simply a douche stepping over a line?
Monday, 5 September 2011
Post by Dan @ 05:11pm 05/09/11 | 254 Comments
Zombies never go out of fashion in videogames and the latest kid on the undead shooter block is Techland's Dead Island, due on Australian shelves on September 9th 2011 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

When promotion for Dead Island resurfaced earlier this year with that most-impressive cinematic trailer, Techland were going to have their work cut out trying launching a game that lived up to it -- especially after the disappointing Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood -- but it looks like they may have done just that.

Find out how and why in this AusGamers review.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:58pm 02/08/11 | 1 Comments
AusGamers was recently offered to head down to Melbourne to check out Techland's Dead Island, the remote island zombie-killing FPS that was first introduced with one of the more memorable CG trailers for gaming in recent times, and managed to get hands-on with the game.

While they're not remembered as a ground-breaking development studio, our man on the ground, Naren "Nareezie" Hooson, fought through the Mana Bar media and community crowd to give the game as good a kicking as he could, and came away fairly impressed with what's on offer.

Click here to read the full hands-on and click here for a batch of new screens.
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:42am 30/06/11 | 21 Comments
Deep Silver and Techland's much talked-about zombie island dismemberment sim (read: first-person zombie game), Dead Island, has passed classification here in Australia, receiving an MA 15+ rating by the Ratings Board.

The Ratings Board offered content warnings of "Strong horror violence, blood and gore", but sent the game through, unscathed, as we've just learnt from inside sources. Ironically (sort of), its country of origin is Germany - the only other stricter country than us when it comes to videgame classification. Moreover, the game actually just copped an 18+ Rating in the UK, pointing out the disconnect we have with our system here even more so.

Dead Island is due to hit the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this September 9.
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Post by nachosjustice @ 06:51am 07/06/11 | 1 Comments
Dead Island continues to impress with its gory possibilities with the announcement that the game will be published by Ubisoft later in the year on the 9th of September. Here’s what was just said in official press release excerpt form:
“Terrible zombie appearances strike the unsuspecting guests in the idyllic holiday resort on the tropical island of Banoi. Four individuals with distinctive backgrounds and abilities seem to be unaffected by the mysterious zombie outbreak. Will they be strong enough to stand against the zombie hordes, to protect the remaining survivors from a horrible fate and to flee the island?

The zombie apocalypse is near! Dead Island is set to be released in North America on September 6th and in the rest of the world on September 9th, 2011.”
The worldwide release date announcement also came with a brand new trailer introducing players to one of the playable characters after a debaucherous night leads to the worst (undead) hangover of all time. Check it out below.

Thursday, 2 June 2011
Post by trog @ 05:07pm 02/06/11 | 14 Comments
Seems we missed this when it first came out a while back, but an anonymous user reminded us about this 20 minute clip purportedly from the anticipated zombie horror game, Dead Island. The footage shows off a stack of first person zombie slaying, featuring classics such as death-by-stick-with-nails, mowing down walkers, and machete decap and exploding knife, all in a pretty lush Far Cry-esque tropical island environment.

Watch below or in sweet hi def.

Dead Island is due "later this year" 2011 on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Post by Dan @ 10:52am 18/05/11 | 5 Comments
It doesn't have quite same impact as the previous cinematic trailer, but Techland have released a new video for their zombie shooter Dead Island that is still rather nice.

The latest clip is titled "Island of Beauty" and unlike the last CG video, appears to have been created from in-engine game footage.
The short teaser, created by Buddha Jones, introduces the beautiful holiday isle of Banoi, whose stunning vistas and lush foliage serve as the location for a brutal fight for survival against a zombie outbreak.

Dead Island™, the upcoming gruesome zombie slasher by renowned developer Techland, combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customisation of a vast array of weapons. All of these gameplay features are presented in a dark story inspired by classic zombie movies with a gritty and engrossing campaign that can be played with up to four players in co-op mode.
Techland have promised another "full" trailer during E3 next month.

Dead Island is due "later this year" 2011 on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Watch the "Island of Beauty" trailer below or click here for the HD option. Several new screenshots can also be found here in our gallery

Monday, 11 April 2011
Post by trog @ 10:09am 11/04/11 | 0 Comments
An anonymous user let us know about a new character reveal for the anticipated zombie title Dead Island. The character - one-hit-wonder rapper Sam B - has been unveiled on the official blog and includes a (very) brief bio as well as some wallpaper.

Dead Island turned heads after their awesome cinematic trailer, so there's a lot of people hanging out for news about this one. As always, there's more on our game page!
Friday, 4 March 2011
Post by Dan @ 03:38pm 04/03/11 | 11 Comments
With the hype generated by that CG trailer, Techland have some serious work cut out for them in order to live up to expectations, so it's going to be very interesting to see how Dead Island eventually pans out.

Fresh out of GDC 2011, we have seven new in-game screenshots featurinig many more zombies in paradise so click through to our Dead Island game page for a closer look.

Friday, 18 February 2011
Post by Dan @ 04:08pm 18/02/11 | 14 Comments
Following the little exclusivity window yesterday that kicked off with a very impressive CG trailer, European publisher Deep Silver have now officially announced that they will be bringing Techland's Zombie shooter Dead Island to the world.

Techland's Poland-based studio is perhaps best known for the Call of Juarez games and the recently released Motocross title Nail'd.
Set in an open world tropical island, hordes of different festering zombies await players around every corner while they embark on a variety of thrilling missions through the holiday resort. With firearms and ammunition being scarce the player must rely on utilising found items as weapons for self-defense and fight off zombie hordes in intense melee combat. A diverse range of items can be collected and will later serve to transform the player’s ordinary makeshift weapons into serious instruments of destruction.

In addition to satisfying even the most bloodthirsty action fan’s fantasy, Dead Island also features role-playing elements which allow the player to develop one of the game’s unique character classes according to their preferences, all the while learning new skills and fresh tactics during their journey through the perilous environments of the island. What’s more, anytime during a game up to four players can seamlessly join together and experience the intense combat and immersive story with cooperative gameplay.
Dead Island was originally announced at the 2007 GamesCom event in Leipzig but appears to have had quite the overhaul since those original trailers.

If you haven't seen the impressive new cinematic trailer yet (or just want to watch it again and again), check it out embedded below or click here for the HD option (very recommended).

Of course, that's just a pre-rendered CG trailer and offers little idea of what the actual game will look like, which is what these new screenshots are for (compare them to these old shots released back in 2008).

Dead Island is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 "later this year".