Dead Island 2 retail leak reveals release date, synopsis and screenshots

A Dead Island 2 retail leak reveals the release date, synopsis, and some screenshots. So could a new announcement be near?

Dead Island 2 was first revealed back in 2014. It was intended to release for PC, PS4 as well as Xbox One in 2015. However, for the last eight years, Dead Island 2 has seemingly been in developmental hell.

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Over the years the game has changed multiple developers and the official news has been practically non-existent. At this time, Dead Island 2 is currently being developed by Dambuster Studios in the UK and is being published by Deep Silver.

The retail leak in question is courtesy of Amazon in the US. Dead Island 2 is listed on the UK website. However, it’s based upon the 2014 information. 

The Amazon US listing is very recent which includes box art, screenshots as well as a Day 1 Edition. However, all other details have now been removed. Thankfully, Twitter user and industry leaker Wario64 grabbed all the details before they were removed.

When will the sequel be released?

According to the Amazon listing, the Dead Island 2 release date is February 3rd, 2023. This release date falls in line with a previously slated 2023 release window via a Deep Silver earnings call.

In terms of the leaked gameplay details, you can find the bullet points ripped directly from the Amazon listing below:

  • Dead Island 2 takes players across the most iconic locations of the City of Angels, now stained with horror, in an exciting pulp journey from the verdant suburbia of Beverly Hills to the quirky promenade of Venice Beach.
  • Combat delivers the most intense, visceral and gory first-person experience possible, with plenty of weapons and tactical (and brutal) options to chew your way through the zombie horde.
  • There are 6 characters to choose from, each with their own unique personality and dialogues. You can fully customise the abilities of each Slayer, with our brand-new skill system allowing you to respec instantly and try out the craziest builds.
  • Our LA is crawling with zombies that look & react realistically. These mutated wretches are the reanimated, rotten heart of Dead Island 2 with dozens of distinct zombie types, each with their own mutations, attacks & hundreds of LA-themed variants.
Credit: Deep Silver/Dambuster Studios

Furthermore, the Day 1 Edition comes with the Memories of Banoi Pack, a nod to the original Dead Island developed by Techland. This DLC pack comes with the Banoi War Club and Memories of Banoi Baseball Bat. Additionally, a Weapon Pack also includes a “balanced, Personal space skill card.

The Dead Island 2 synopsis reads:

A deadly virus is spreading across Los Angeles, California, turning its inhabitants into ravenous zombies. The city is in quarantine, and the military has retreated. Bitten, infected, but more than just immune, you learn to harness the zombie inside. Only you, and the handful of other swaggering fellows who happen to be resistant to the pathogen, hold the future of LA (and humanity), in the balance.

As you uncover the truth behind the outbreak, you’ll discover who – or what – you are. Survive, evolve, save the world – just another day in LA! The much-loved zombie saga is back with a unique formula of horror, dark humour and over-the-top zombie-slaying, spanning an epic pulp adventure.

Dead Island 2 is a thrilling First-Person Action RPG that takes players across a brand-new playground. Stylish, vibrant and flooded with zombie infection, explore iconic, gore-drenched Los Angeles. Meet larger-than-life characters. Slay countless foes in exquisitely bloody detail. And evolve to become the ultimate Zombie Slayer. See you in HELL-A!

Credit: Deep Silver/Dambuster Studios

When will Dead Island 2 be re-announced?

At this time, we don’t know for sure. However, as Dead Island 2 has now appeared on Amazon with loads of juicy details, its re-announcement can’t be far off. If I were to make a safe assumption, I’d say that Dead Island 2’s re-announcement could be made at Gamescom next week.

Naturally, we must take all leaks with a pinch of salt. That being said, the screenshots, box art and synopsis seem to be as genuine as it gets without an official announcement being made. The only thing that will likely differ from the Dead Island 2 retail leak is the release date, but you never know.

Are you still excited for Dead Island 2? Let us know across our social media channels. Dead Island 2 will be released for PC, PlayStation and Xbox.

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Featured Image Credit: Deep Silver/Source: Wario64 via Amazon