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Welcome to Dead Island: Epidemic!

The game is currently in closed beta and fully-functional. You’ll find that we're already offering a polished & solid experience that's a ton of fun, however due to the nature of it being in beta please be aware that there may still be some bugs (help us catch 'em all!) and unfinished features. FYI: The zombie A.I is not a bug though, they're supposed to be a bit brainless - it's in their nature.
There is no better way to gain valuable feedback and concrete suggestions than by allowing you guys to actually jump in and have at it so we decided that Steam Early Access is the best way for us to achieve this - just jump in, tear those zombies a new one (or two!) and we'll take care of the rest - or better yet, drop us a line and give us your feedback, we'd really appreciate it!
The Early Access Starter packs that we are currently offering are intended for those who want to get into the zombie bashing early and to help us shape the future of the game. They also of course offer players a great starting kit and will grant a few nice exclusive perks - both right away, and when the game hits official open beta and later again at the full launch.
We're continually working on adding new features & content and we’ll be constantly working on balancing and of course improving gameplay based on your feedback - along the way we’ll be intently listening to your suggestions, criticisms and as always: ideas for EVEN MOAR INSANE WEAPONS!
We’re super glad if you decide to join us at this stage and we'll be happy to welcome you to the island!”
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Packages that include this game

Buy Dead Island: Epidemic - Patient Zero Pack

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Buy Dead Island: Epidemic - DEADicated Pack

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Buy Dead Island: Epidemic - Contagion Pack

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The Dead Island: Epidemic Early Access has begun!

May 19th, 2014

The Dead Island: Epidemic Early Access has begun!

The Early Access Starter Packs are intended for those who want to get into the closed beta zombie bashing early and shape the future of the game with us*.
Support our game and jumpstart the outbreak! Get instant access to all Survivor characters, ingame currency, ingame resources, boosters, and a load of weapons!

*You can of course sign up with a chance to get access to the closed beta on our website: http://www.deadislandepidemic.com/

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Patch 0.3

May 9th, 2014

Patch 0.3 has arrived! Reap better rewards with our new reward system and try out the new Scavenger Hunt: We have implemented a new day-night cycle and a confrontational end game mechanic for the new version! With this update the scavengers have also moved to a new Crib! Bright, airy and with a million dollar view. It's a great place to relax, re-arm between supply runs, and a place even ​Fuse can't resist. He is joining our pack of scavengers and the Stache is here to stay! Unlock him in the shop section. Find the complete list of our patch notes on our website:

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About the Game

World’s First ZOMBA
Dead Island: Epidemic is a fast-paced action game where players will duke it out over supply points, using an arsenal of crafted weaponry, a bevy of devastating powers, and good old-fashioned teamwork.

Key Features

You have direct control over your hero. No Last Hitting, mouse-click-to-move nonsense here - it’s you, good ol’ WASD, and your trigger finger, making it easy to hop in, no muss, no fuss.
No idea what any of that means? No problem. All you need to know is that you need to point your crosshairs towards anyone and anything not on your team!

Team up with 3 other survivors and take on the zombie menace together in PvE co-op horde mode, or take the fight to other players in the unique three-team "PvPvPvE" Scavenger mode where you'll battle it out in a competition to grab supplies, hold key points, outsmart the competition and blast through hordes of zombies.

Featuring a constantly expanding and varied roster of unlikely heroes with unique skills, Dead Island Epidemic offers you a host of play styles whether you like your action up close and personal, at range or through supporting your teammates. Each character has an array of skills with which to wreak havoc - use these strategically in order to inflict maximum punishment on both the undead and those you want to be dead.

Fan favourite Weapon Crafting is here from Dead Island, helping you get the edge (pun intended) on the competition and build an arsenal from hundreds of insane weapons to suit your playstyle! Featuring progressively more powerful and insane weapons in multiple tiers: From crudely crafted Spikey Planks to Electrified Double Spinning Sawblade Swords and literally everything in between: what’s better than a chainsaw for dispatching the undead horde? Well, how about a FLAMING CHAINSAW? Everyone knows machetes are cool, but DOUBLE FLAMING MACHETE GLOVES are better!
Whatever your chosen character, style of play and mental disposition - there’s a weapon for every occasion.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or Radeon HD 3870
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Provisional - subject to changes. 1024x764 minimum display resolution is required.
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7870
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Provisional - subject to changes. 1024x764 minimum display resolution is required.
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889 of 1,128 people (79%) found this review helpful
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38.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Update (August 12, 2014):
Here are the pros and cons that I found in the game last time that I played (May 19):
+ 12+ characters available that evolves by leveling them up. You gain additional effects on your skills by leveling them up.
+ Scavenger mode concept is original: 3 teams of 4 players each racing to see who fills their truck first, the map filled with zombies and bosses that gives extra supplies.
+ Coop mode for a team of 4 players. Heroic mode for the hardcore coop players.
+ WASD controls over your character.
+ Can be enjoyable with a friend.

- It needs more map variety, last time that I played there were 3 maps in coop and 3 maps in scavenger at least.
- It can get repetitive. You have to grind in the game to level up.
- Premium Membership services with periodical payment for advantages when the game gets to open beta.
- If someone abandons in Scavenger mode, you can't call for a substitute.
- No known penalty system for abandoners/ragequitters in Scavenger mode as far as I know.
- The game is difficult to enjoy when playing alone with strangers.

The game is good, but can be better. If you have friends you can try this game with them. If you're on your own then try to get a chance to play the game without buying any package or wait for the open beta to get live if you feel curious about it.

I can't recomend the game myself: I haven't played it since my first review and I don't plan to play it at the moment. I hope that my Pros and Cons helps you.

Important (July 26, 2014):
The main reason that I don't recommend the game is due that the Premium Membership will require periodical payment to keep that status and its advantages: sales in the in-game shop, extra xp and gear points while playing; and receiving weekly xp and gear points even when you don't play the game. If you got any of the packages you keep the other stuff forever (like the special name, the exclusive character and the weapons), but the Premium Membership benefits are temporary.

What I'm against is the Premium Membership periodical payment method where it works like this: if you keep paying, you keep getting the advantages, and if you stop paying, then end of benefits when it expires untill you decide to pay again.

If it were stuff like the packages excluding the Premium Membership it would be ok in my opinion, or even a single-payment for permanent Premium. I strongly disagree about paying for temporary benefits to get in the Premium Membership.

The game can be enjoyable if you play it with friends.

FYI: Premium Membership will come live once it hits open Beta.

[Original Review]

I did enjoy the game, untill the developers decided to put Premium Membership Benefits (see Deadicated and Contagious packs) that will hit in the open beta. They turned this good game of "Dota 2 with Zombies" into another pay 2 win game: if you don't pay, then you'll have to grind for many hours and you can't access an exclusive character.

GG Stunlock, it was a good concept.

Update (June 27, 2014):
Being pay 2 win or not, the giant advantage for premium members is still there: they get 40k GP weekly without even playing the game amongst other advantages. Without the premium advantage, you have to play for at least 10 hours aproximately (and depending on skill) to get that amount of GP.

Matchmaking in Scavenger mode is not balanced as some people have commented: there's nothing for the game to measure how good the player is and with who should be paired (not like in Chess or Dota 2).
There's no matchmaking mode for the lone wolfs (aka single players without a party) and people that abandon matches in Scavenger are not punished as far as I know - it says that the player left and that's it.
You can't ask for a substitute in any of the modes in the middle of the game, only the players that have left can rejoin.

I haven't touch the game since May 19th, 2014. The review may get outdated at any given point due to the game updates.
Posted: May 19th, 2014
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210 of 290 people (72%) found this review helpful
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7.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Fun at first, then just repetitive.

If you plan on playing, be prepared for extremely slow levelling. After 8 hours of gameplay I was only account level 2, meaning I was a looong way from crafting any cool weapons. Of course, there are ways to buy higher levels for real money, which I'm guessing is why it's so slow to earn just from game time.

I had a lot of fun in the beginning, but then I started wishing there was something more than just the two types of missions. You can either play in a group destroying zombies and a boss, or play in a group trying to out-gather supplies against other groups.

That's it. There wasn't much variety in maps, and it got monotonous quickly.

UPDATE: Apparently it's easier to level your account now.

Play it if you got it for free, skip it if you have to pay.
Posted: June 18th, 2014
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1,165 of 1,791 people (65%) found this review helpful
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Early Access Review
I liked the part where i uninstalled the game.
Posted: May 3rd, 2014
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96 of 139 people (69%) found this review helpful
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80.0 hrs on record
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It's like Alien Swarm and Left for Dead had a baby, and that baby wants to grow up to be Dota.
Posted: June 5th, 2014
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161 of 262 people (61%) found this review helpful
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2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Dead Island: Epidemic...
Good title... but I find it as bland as the gameplay.
It's your average co-op, each person plays a role, but there's absolutely nothing I can find in this that makes this game unique, it's seen and been done before, I enjoy playing a bit with friends... And then comes the long trial about knowing what the actual hell you're doing ingame, so many people wipe constantly on bosses, even though this game is pretty basic, and the boss dynamics are a bit too .. Stale?

In my honest opinion, i'd love to say that I don't hate it, nor do I love it in any ways.
It's you're average co-op game.
Posted: May 8th, 2014
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