Dead Island was a massive zombie action RPG hit when it launched back in 2011. These were the days of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Overall, players took on the role of a character trapped on an island filled with undead zombie hordes. With the infection flooding the island, the once relaxation resort our protagonist was settled in soon became a prison. It was a big uphill battle as you sought a means to escape the island and return to your home.
The game was praised, and fans were left with a bit of a cliffhanger at the end. However, it was confirmed that a sequel was in the works back in 2014. Fans were given a new trailer that featured a colorful and vibrant city for Dead Island 2. Although, the development cycle for this game was rather bleak. It took years of work as the game quickly passed around to different studios. Fans were forced to wait patiently as publishers Deep Silver wasn’t throwing in the towel for this project.
Eventually, Dead Island 2 ended up at Dambuster Studios. These were the folks responsible for Homefront: The Revolution in 2016. With Deep Silver entrusting the studio with the IP, Dambuster Studios got to work and spent a standard four-year cycle as they prepared for another look into the future of the Dead Island franchise. Finally, during Gamescom 2022, we got the latest official look into Dead Island 2.
Does Dead Island 2 Have Multiplayer?
Who doesn’t love going through a game with a few friends? With the original Dead Island, the game supported multiplayer gameplay. We could go through the campaign missions or endlessly explore the island, taking out whatever undead scum pops up along the way. So, fortunately, we’re thrilled to learn that Dead Island 2 will support multiplayer gameplay. Although, details are a bit slim right now.
Gamescom 2022 was the big event to highlight the return of Dead Island 2. Although, it looks like the development team wasn’t ready to showcase and hype up everything. We’re still waiting to hear some of the finer details of what we can expect from the game when it comes to the multiplayer component.
In an interview with the lead narrative designer, Ayesha Khan, on Ceralkillerz, co-op mode was brought up. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much information shared at the time. All we know is that there will be three-player cooperative gameplay support. How Dambuster Studios will handle cooperative gameplay exactly remains a bit of a mystery right now. Still, we do know that cooperative gameplay is confirmed for three players.
We have a few more months to get through, so it makes sense that Dambuster Studios is holding back at the moment. There will be more time to further hype up and promote the game with new details, such as multiplayer gameplay. Currently, Dead Island 2 will be launching on February 3, 2023. When the game launches, you can expect it on the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S platforms.