‘Dead Island: Riptide’ Is All New, Priced At $49.99

Jun 11, 2012 by  

Dead Island Riptide New Game

While the world’s eyes were focused on E3 last week, publisher Deep Silver quietly announced Dead Island: Riptide. The latest game in the tropical zombie-slaying franchise will be fully unveiled this Summer, but in light of some fan confusion, Deep Silver has issued a few clarifications about the title.

After the official announcement, some players were unsure whether or not Dead Island: Riptide would be a full new game, or simply a remake of the original Dead Island with new enhancements. Deep Silver’s Aubrey Norris confirmed via Twitter (@Chupacaubrey) that Riptide will be a brand new game.

Part of the confusion stemmed from Riptide’s pricing model. As with most new console games, the original Dead Island launched for $59.99, whereas Riptide will be priced at the slightly more affordable $49.99. Why the low price? According to Norris, it has everything to do with the waning of the current console generation.

“it’s the end of a console cycle- we think this price makes a lot more sense given that :)”

Prior to E3, the Internet was abuzz with next-gen rumors, but as promised, neither Sony nor Microsoft announced anything at the show. The emphasis on sequels at E3 2012, coupled with the upcoming release of Nintendo’s Wii U and the inevitable march toward “Durango” and “Orbis,” make it obvious that this generation, however slowly, is coming to a close (though after that Unreal Engine 4 demo, we’re pretty excited to see what the new consoles will bring). In all likelihood, 2013 will end up being the last “big year” for current-gen consoles — does that mean we’ll have to wait until next year for Dead Island: Riptide, or could the game make it out by the end of 2012? Either way, we’ll know for sure later this Summer.

Those who have yet to check out the original Dead Island should keep an eye out for the Game of the Year Edition, which includes three DLC packs: Ryder White, Bloodbath Arena and The Ripper. While the game may not have lived up to the promise of its stunning announcement trailer (read our review), it’s still a fun little zombie-killing romp, and at just $29.99, the Dead Island Game of the Year Edition is definitely the way to go.

Ranters, what did you think of Dead Island? Are you looking forward to Riptide? Let us know in the comments below.

Dead Island: Riptide is currently in development.

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  1. YAY! more Zombies! Hopefully they got better beta testing in and its not as buggy as the first DI.

  2. For the next game

    I wonder if Bath Salt will be the cause of a new zombie virus outbreak in Maimi!!

    • LOL

  3. I am a huge zombie fan and I personally loved Dead Island. My only problem was that I found there was almost no replay value and at one point my game file was set back a few hours and I lost a lot of progress for no reason.

  4. I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!! and i dont know how people didnt like this game, this is one of the most played games ever for me. i still play it pretty freuently. and thank god for this because a. i thought it was a dlc and b. there was alot of talk of there not being a sequel… WRONG! yes

  5. this was always going to happen. with the buzz it recieved, there was no way there wouldn’t be a sequel. i just hope they fix the bugs and put a little more emphasis on the story. you feel a little disconnected in the last game. if these issues are solved, im sure its to become a stellar franchise.

  6. I’m an avid zombie lover. Dead Island was definitely my Game of the Year ’11, even when compared to Skyrim. I was afraid that a Dead Island sequel was to much to hope for, but apparently it isn’t. I cannot wait to see what Riptide has in store for players.

  7. Nice! So when Best Buy updates the price on their site then I’ll be getting the game for $39.99 :D

  8. $30 for the GOTY edition of Dead Island? That’s a steal.

  9. I look foward to the game. the first one was great but with the bugs and small lack of replay value it threw some things off. But as a zombie fan it definitely DELIVERED the intense vibe i wanted. As a gamer i feel they need to step it up a bit on those tweaks and flaws for the next one so it can be more enjoyable as far as gameplay goes and of course game save issues go…

    Fight on!

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