Dead Island 2: zombie rise up on the beach as the sun sets.
Image via Dambuster/Steam.

Dead Island 2 is coming to Steam this April, Riptide temporarily free

Dear Dambuster: please never use the phrase "zompocalypse" again...

For good or ill, Dead Island 2 came and went without a huge amount of fanfare. Currently, the game has a Metacritic score of 73 (7.7 from users), which is pretty good, but not exactly boundary-breaking.

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However, if you missed your chance to check it out when it was released last year, here’s your chance to play it on Steam soon: On April 22, to be exact. Yeah, pretty much on the one-year anniversary of the game’s release, you can pick up Dead Island 2 on Steam, which, until now, was only available via Epic Games Store if you wanted it on PC.

Developer Dambuster really wants to make sure you don’t forget about its sequel, so to celebrate the re-release (let’s call a spade a spade), the studio is offering discounts on the other entries in the series.

Weird how zombie games are still a thing these days

As well as being able to wishlist the new game, Dead Island Definitive Edition and Retro Revenge are currently 85% and 75% off, respectively. Additionally, Riptide is 100% free for a limited time only. And when I say “limited,” I mean you literally only have until tomorrow to pick up a copy (the other two are discounted until February 20).

It was quite a tumultuous development cycle for DI2. Originally scheduled to come out in 2015 – and being made by Techland of Dying Light fame – the project passed through a number of studios before Dambuster took the reins.

Considering the first installment did not leave much of an impact, it’s surprising a sequel was even green-lit. By this point, you’d think everyone would have been sick of the zombie genre by now. Evidently not.

But say what you will about the first Dead Island, that trailer still packs a punch to the gut to this day. It’s just a shame the actual game content didn’t match the marketing.


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