Announcement - Valve
Save up to 75% on the Dead Island series as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

Additionally, Dead Island: Epidemic is running an open weekend with additional deals on their Starter Packs. Install it this weekend via Steam and you'll keep your access to this Early Access title after the weekend is over!

*Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time

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

Pssh, rich kids and their Hanzo steel.

Take one pretty fun co-op game, ladle cash over the top, then persist with sheer bloody-mindedness and you too could have yourself A Franchise. Turns out, three Dead Island games are in the works: straight-up sequel Dead Island 2, the MOBA-ish Dead Island Epidemic, and now publishers Deep Silver have announced Escape Dead Island. It’s a third-person action-y sort of thing (you know, like this), with a story that makes me think of Far Cry 3 with its rich kids and trippy hallucinations.

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

But hey, that looks like a plain old action-RPG.

I had not particularly noted Dead Island: Epidemic‘s passage into Early Access. I’d seen enough games chasing the dream of League of Legends and Dota 2‘s success with only a few small new idea. And it had the temerity to coin its own cutesy genre name, Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena! However, after watching a new gameplay trailer explain what it’s up to, I’m at the very least interested. Not enough to pay for the beta of a game that’ll be free-to-play at launch, mind.

While the majority of MOBAs (do I still need to explain this dreadful name?) seem to mostly duplicate LoL or Dota, Dead Island: Epidemic takes their ideas of per-match progression and slap them into something a bit more like Diablo III with a sizeable PvE side.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Adam Smith)

In comparison to the original Dead Island trailer, Dead Island 2′s announcement video is more honest than Abe and Cherry Tree Washington combined. You remember that trailer, right? The one that broke a thousand hearts when it debuted and then broke them again when the game was more like a first-person Dead Rising than a mourning simulator? Dead Island 2 is just holding its hands in the air and admitting to the world that it’s at the dafter end of the zombie spectrum. No introspection here – it’s a game about beautiful beach bodies rotting in the sun while the world points, laughs and decapitates the poor sods.

… [visit site to read more]

PC Gamer
title="Permanent Link to Dead Island: Epidemic spreads to Steam Early Access">Dead Island: Epidemic

The newest game available on Steam s now-ubiquitous Early Access program is Dead Island: Epidemic, the zombie-themed MOBA announced last fall and revealed at Gamescom. The public reaction to the game s very existence has been, well, confusion. Now that it's here, the public can decide for itself.

Developer Stunlock Studios, previously of Bloodline Champions, has popped Epidemic up on Early Access to get access to your soft, delicious brains. 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, the introductory post on Steam reads. o we decided that Steam Early Access is the best way for us to achieve this.

All of the usual reservations aside and believe me, I ve got them too it is nice to see a MOBA that isn t set in a cartoony, fantasy-based universe. The game will also feature three teams instead of the requisite two, and the art shows off a nice sense of humor. Who knows maybe this unholy alliance will be the new chocolate and peanut butter. Can it cut through our MOBA fatigue? If you re interested in finding out for yourself, Epidemic is now available in closed beta release on Steam.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Alice O'Connor)

One of John's this, I believe

You’ve got to get your Humble Bundles out when guests come over, haven’t you. Show them the collection, that’s right. They always say they enjoy looking, don’t they, though they do ask why you never play any of them. They don’t get get it, do they, but that’s fine. You’ve got your collection, all tidy and shiny in those pewter frames. Those frames with a gap in the middle. That dreadful, gaping gap that creeps into your dreams and you awake screaming. The Humble Bundle you missed.

Chin up, chuck! You might catch it again. The Humble folks are running a fortnight of daily pay-what-you-want Humble Bundles–some old favourites and some new hopefuls–so fingers crossed That One That Got Away comes around again.

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PC Gamer
title="Permanent Link to Humble Daily Bundles give you 14 days of deals">deadisland

Uh oh. Humble Bundle is already in the midst of a tempting Spring Sale (Saint Row IV is currently $10!) at the same time as GOG s Spring Insomnia Sale, and your wallet cowers in fear of Steam s next seasonal sale. The last thing it needs is another opportunity for amazing savings, but that s just what Humble Bundle announced with its new Humble Daily Bundle.
For the next two weeks, Humble Bundle will put up a new bundle every day. For the next 24 hours it s offering the Humble Deep Silver Re-Bundle, which includes Saints Row: The Third, Risen 2, Metro 2033, Dead Island, and others. You can get all the games including their soundtracks if you pay $9 or more. As usual, a designated portion of your purchase will go toward the Electronic Frontier Foundation or Child s Play.
This first daily sale looks just as good as Humble Bundle s usual offerings, so it s definitely worth checking in regularly over the next two weeks to see what games pop up there. It s okay. You weren't using that money anyway.
Shacknews - Steve Watts
Humble Bundle is rolling out a new bundle every day for the next two weeks, including revivals of older bundles and some brand new ones. New ones will become available daily at 11 AM PT until May 27, and it just kicked off with a revised version of last year's Deep Silver bundle.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Nathan Grayson)

Whoops, I appear to have slipped into the year 2015. Clumsy me

Zombies, traditionally speaking, are slow. Not Dying Light‘s zombies, though. Once light dies and night falls, the shambling undead become spry as acrobats equipped with the most cutting-edge of Moon Shoes (Moon Shoes!). Except when they don’t. I guess Techland is developing Dying Light in a place where it’s perpetually daytime, because the parkour-infused zombo-clobberer’s been delayed into 2015.

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Community Announcements - Pixel_Vengeur
Dear Dead Island Riptide players,

These zombies aren't going to bash their own skulls in so we hereby cordially invite you to the closed beta of Dead Island Epidemic! Put your badass zombie bashing skills to good use by grouping up with 3 other players to take down the zombie menace in our PVE horde modes, or see how you stack up against both other players and of course, zombies, in our 3-team PvPvPvE mode, Scavenger!

We've granted you 4 gift copies of the game so you and 3 of your buddies can take part in the zombie madness together!


Battle Royale: Epidemic's core mode features 3 teams of 12 battling it out in a competition to grab supplies, hold key points, outsmart the competition and blast through hordes of zombies.

Booming Action: 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!

Craft Deadly Weapons: Fan favorite crafting is here from Dead Island, helping you get the edge (pun intended) on the competition and build an arsenal to suit your playstyle!

So jump in and give it a whirl, be sure to let us know what you think and you can help to shape the future of this game!

Have fun,
your Dead Island team.

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