See some Dead Island 2 gameplay in the HELL-A showcase

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Some fresh Dead Island 2 gameplay has been revealed as part of an unusual mixed live action showcase video, titled ‘Another Day in HELL-A’. Dead Island 2 is due out on 28th April 2023 across PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC

The live action parts of the showcase follow a trio of survivors as they take sanctuary within an opulent LA mansion – there’s some Zombieland vibes from this set up – intercut with some moments showing off different parts of the game.

When it does cut to gameplay, the showcase runs through some of the core features of Dead Island 2, from its zombified LA setting, which bakes the environment in bright sunshine, to the wacky melee weaponry and over-the-top combat that can often see zombies just exploding into puddles of blood. It’s a good thing that you’re not just immune to the zombie virus, but are actually superpowered by it, eh?

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Previously expected for release on 2nd February 2023, Dambuster and Plaion delayed the game by 12 more weeks, because what does three months mean when you’ve been waiting for basically a decade? The development of Dead Island 2 was troubled from the start, after Deep Silver and Techland fell out following the release of the original game and its standalone spin-off. Announced in 2014 with Yager Development behind the project, development stalled, was moved over to Sumo Digital, stalled again, and then eventually moved on over to Dambuster in 2019. They’ve finally been able to see it through to completion. Well… they’re getting there, anyway.

We got to go hands on with the game at Gamescom 2022 and came away reasonably impressed by what Dambuster had to show at the time. In our Dead Island 2 preview I wrote:

“Having spent a long time shying away from the spotlight, it’s great to see Dead Island 2 reappearing with a newfound confidence and swagger. This isn’t a game that’s still got years of development to go – it’s slated for February next year – it’s not trying to figure out what it wants to be and it’s not looking over its shoulders for what rivals are doing. It’s a straight up, pulpy melee zombie game.”

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