We recently wrote about the potential adaptation of the best selling zombie video game Dead Island, which, pardon the pun, came back from the dead after it hadn’t been heard from in a long time. In that report, we also mentioned the upcoming sequel, Dead Island 2. Well this morning, game publisher Deep Silver released a new gameplay trailer for the game, and it’s here to show you just how many ways you can kill a zombie, and how much fun you can in the process of bashing, slashing, and blasting the undead to smithereens.
And that’s exactly what you see in this footage. Just a heads up, this game might not be for the faint of heart, there are guns, guts, and gore splattering everywhere. When they say “Come for the sun, stay for the slaughter,” by all appearances they mean exactly that. “Fry ‘em, freeze ‘em, slice ‘em” isn’t just hyperbole, you can do all of that and more. There are hatchets, machetes, clubs, shotguns, and even more improvised weapons, like a weed whacker with spinning blades attached to the base.
I don’t play video games, and consequently don’t know too much about them, but this looks like it could be a lot of fun for those of you who are into such things. Like many people, I first became aware of Dead Island when they released that fantastic, Memento-esque trailer a few years back that shows a family vacation to paradise gone so, so wrong.
The first game takes place on an isolated tropical island, and is super grim and brutal. Dead Island 2 gets rid of the island part and transports the action to Los Angeles, and as this trailer illustrates, they’ve also ditched the bleakness and gone for a more exciting, fun, tongue in cheek approach to the action here. So if you’ve always wanted to see Hollywood burn—they specifically point out that you can engage in a “zombie slaughterfest” beneath the famous Hollywood sign—this might just be your chance. You also have to think that there will be some secret little things where perhaps you get to kill celebrity zombies, or at least some creatures that very closely resemble stars you’d like to hit with a machete.
This video shows “Pre-Alpha” footage, whatever that means, and should give you a good idea of what to expect when the game drops in spring of 2015. It will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs, and will be on display to the public for the first time at Gamescon 2014 in Cologne, Germany.