Coming this Fall, Dead Island will be returning to the Banoi islands for a game that will bridge the gap between the first two games and the upcoming DI2.
Developed by Swedish company Fatshark, Escape Dead Island is more than a little different for the rapidly-growing franchise. Instead of first-person zombie (re)killing, or a MOBA as Dead Island Epidemic is, we get a third-person action title. And this is not just straightforward zed maiming here either, as EDI actually emphasizes story and background for the universe created in the games. It also has a pretty interesting mystical element, and some truly storage stuff going on, which isn’t really something that we’ve seen before in past Dead Island titles.
Gamers will be exploring the quarantined island of Narapela as Cliff Calo, the son of a “wealthy media empire mogul with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove”. As Cliff you’ll try and piece together the events on Banoi and figure out just what’s happening and why. Of course, as you can see in the trailer, once Cliff gets to the quarantined island of Narapela, things go… amiss.
Written by author Anne Toole, who’s a Emmy Award winner by the way, Escape Dead Island definitely feels like a very different experience for DI fans to sink their teeth into, which is a very good thing indeed. The game has a very different play-style too, as you’ll not only need homemade weapons this time around, but also “cunning and stealth”, if you’d like to make it home with all your parts still attached.
As a nice little bonus too, anyone who buys into Escape Dead Island will get guaranteed access to the Dead Island 2 beta, and if you pre-order now at GameStop stores, you’ll also get a chance to go to the Beta Event in 2015 via the GameStop Epic Reward promotion for July.
One winner will be selected and flown to Berlin, Germany, to get digitally scanned and placed as an in-game zombie character in the upcoming Dead Island 2 developed by Yager. Dead Island 2 is currently under development and scheduled for release in 2015.
Not a whole lot there not to like to be honest. Order up soon, Escape Dead Island arrives this Autumn for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. It’ll cost you $39.99 USD across the boards.