What we know so far…
- To be released q3 2011 (Rumored August)
- Pc, Xbox 360 and Ps3 versions
- 4 main characters Â - Xian Mei, Sam B,Â Logan,Â Purna andÂ are immune to the zombie infection.
- First-Person action/shooter with rpg elements
- Online 4 player CO-OP
- Developed – Techland
- Publisher Â -Â Deep Silver
- “Experience/leveling up” system
- Gameplay to focus on melee combat with guns scarce.Â CustomizableÂ weapons.
- Set on a tropical island. Searchable areas include jungles, hotels, towns.
- Enemies Â besides standard fast and slow zombies include the Suicider, Drowner, Butcher, Â Ram, local gangs and looters.
- Vehicles available to drive across the island include cars, trucks and boats.
From Deadisland.com (official website)
“Welcome to the Island of Banoi!
The player is drawn into the world of Dead Island on the brink of a mysterious epidemic that suddenly, and without warning, breaks out on the fictional island of Banoi. As a guest of the Royal Palms Resort, the player’s stay was supposed to be a dream holiday; a luxurious getaway to the beautiful beaches of a tropical paradise. But faced with the reality of a zombie apocalypse, there is only one thing left to do: Survive.
This is Dead Island… a paradise to die for.”
Dead Island is an upcoming open world horror action adventure video game in development by Techland for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 . It is centered on the challenge of survival on a zombie-infested island with a major emphasis on melee combat.
Xian Mei, one of the four main characters, preparing to fight enemies using an axe.
Dead Island will feature open world gameplay, played from a first person perspective, with up to four-player co-operative play. The focus will be on melee combat, incorporating customizable weaponry and RPG elements.
There is an experience system and a skill tree system. There is also a stamina bar, meaning that after a set amount of action with a weapon, the character will need to stop to regain their stamina before continuing to attack. It has also been confirmed that there are “special class” zombies, which are more powerful than the standard enemies.
The game is set in the Royal Palms Resort, in fictional Banoi, located in Papua New Guinea.
The character wakes up during the night after partying, to find there has been a zombie outbreak.
The first mission serves as the tutorial. The character is trapped in a beach hut with other terrified survivors. One person begs the character to go outside and help a lone person fending off the horde. The character then picks up a lead pipe and walks outside.
The names of the four playable characters in Dead Island are Xian Mei (a staff member at the hotel), Logan (a surfer), Sam B (a former rapper) and Purna. All four are in the Hero category.The four characters are immune to the zombie infection.
Dead Island will be published by Deep Silver.
The zombies have fully-modelled layers of meat and muscle rendered onto their bodies, meaning they have a multi-layered damage system with real-time injuries.
A trailer featuring the transformation of a young girl into a zombie was commented upon by Ben Parfitt of MCV. Parfitt praised the trailer itself, but criticized the online reaction to it, writing “It’s a video that uses an image of a dead girl and images of her dying to create an emotional bond with a product.” Wired exclaimed, “It may be the best video game trailer Iâ€™ve ever seen; gorgeous, well-edited and emotionally engaging.” However Wired urged caution, stating that Techland did not make the trailer and that “everyone is hyped up about a short film, not the game itself.”
Dead Island was originally stated to be released in 2008, developed by Techland and produced by Adrian Ciszewski but was delayed.
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