Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Alice O'Connor)

Zombie-slaying FPS-RPG Dead Island [official site] and its 2013 expandalone Dead Island Riptide are being “remastered” in Definitive Editions – more relatively-recent games coming our way again with a new swing in their step after being prettied up for the latest consoles. Too bad someone already took the name Deathinitive Edition, huh?

Out of curiosity, I went back to see what RPS said in 2011 when Dead Island [official site] was re-announced with That Trailer. I’m almost disappointed by John’s restraint. I was hoping someone would’ve declared it “The Citizen Kane> of Game Trailers” and I’d get to be gittish to them tomorrow. Curses. Not even “The Old Yeller> of Game Trailers”!

… [visit site to read more]

PC Gamer

If the Australian Government's videogame classifiers have it right, we may soon be hearing about yet another installment of Dead Island-branded zombie-splattering good times. The classification site recently listed a new game called Dead Island Retro Revenge, which it slapped with an M rating for bloody violence and online interactivity.

Australia's game rating site doesn't serve up quite the same kind of joyously juicy details as our ESRB, but it does indicate that the game is being published by Koch Media, the parent company of Deep Silver, and that it's being developed by Empty Clip Studios. Empty Clip created the Rapid Fire Engine used in Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, did an end-to-end port of Bit.Trip Core, and also developed the 2012 indie hit Symphony. Last summer the studio announced that it had begun work on a sequel to Symphony entitled Symphony Worlds, which is expected to be out early this year.

2015 wasn't a very good year for the Dead Island franchise: Dead Island 2 was delayed and then lost its developer, and the Dead Island: Epidemic MOBA was shut down in October before it even had a chance to get out of Early Access. Hopefully 2016 will go a little more smoothly. I've contacted Deep Silver for confirmation, or at least a spot of clarity, and I'll update if I receive a reply.

Thanks, Destructoid.

Announcement - Valve
Play Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide for Free until Sunday at 1:00 PM.

And save 80% on the entire Dead Island franchise as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

*Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Alice O'Connor)

Polish studio Techland may have created open-world zombie-smashing FPS-RPG Dead Island, but publishers Deep Silver got the rights. That’s how come Deep Silver went on to have folk make daft things like the MOBA-y Dead Island: Epidemic and baffling drek Escape Island while Techland went on to make another open-world zombie-smashing FPS-RPG in Dying Light.

Straight-up sequel Dead Island 2 [official site] was in the works at Spec Ops: The Line devs Yager, and this one actually looked promising. But its future is now looking as safe as a lecherous, wisecracking wino in a zombie flick, as Deep Silver have announced Yager are off the game.

… [visit site to read more]

Announcement - Valve
Save up to 80% on the Dead Island series during this week's Midweek Madness*!

*Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time

Announcement - Valve
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Community Announcements - DG_DeepSilver
Patch notes [Linux]:

- fixed looting issue
- fixed bug with reparing a weapon (up to 100%)
- fullscreen is enabled by deafult
- fixed gamma settings
- reduced executable file size
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (John Walker)

Here is my dilemma. It s nice, I think, to approach supporter posts with a desire to be more personal, more intimate, to shine the light on ourselves a little more brightly. Or to be even more self-indulgent than ever, if you d prefer to think of it that way. So when considering what to write about in my weekly supporter column, I like to think about what s going on in my life, pick a lens to look through. Except, four weeks ago my first son was born, and good grief, who wants to hear about that?

Oh my goodness, how many more games-journalists-becoming-parents can the internet cope with? And who is it for? People without kids are likely far less interested to read about an experience they don t relate to. People who don t want kids and never intend to have them can feel marginalised, excluded. People who want kids and haven t yet, or those who want them and cannot have them, can find the whole topic misery-inducing. (My wife and I were trying for three years before ours came along, and I can testify that it s really shit.) And people with kids already went through it, roll their eyes at the naivety of it, or don t want to be reminded of it. Can the internet hold another, How I game with my kid in my arm article, without keeling over and just collapsing on the floor?

Let s find out!

… [visit site to read more]

PC Gamer

The best thing about Dead Island is its co-op, so I'm a little curious about why it's getting a single-player spinoff in the form of Escape Dead Island. It's a third-person action/stealth game set in the Dead Island universe, and it's coming to PC (and last-gen consoles), blimey, next week. The above trailer offers a glimpse of what we're in for, which as it turns out is a cel-shaded game about mystery and battering zombie brains in, with psychological am-I-going-crazy bits thrown in too.

Publishers Deep Silver are calling the game "a survival mystery, where you follow the story of Cliff Calo as he attempts to uncover the truth about the zombie virus". You're a journalist, see, and uncovering the truth about a zombie virus sounds like something a journalist might want to do. Escape Dead Island is being developed by War of the Roses/Lead and Gold developers Fatshark, rather than series creators Techland.

In addition to that launch trailer, a few new screenshots have been uploaded, ahead of the game's release next Tuesday. I've stashed them below.

Announcement - Valve
Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition is Now Available on Linux and SteamOS!

Terror. Violence. Madness. Bedlam. A holiday paradise gone mad. A tropical island turns into total chaos after a mysterious zombie outbreak. Cut off from the rest of the world, the player’s only chance to survive is to fight to the death and find a way to escape from the island.


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