‘Dead Island’ Announcement Trailer Shambles Into View

Feb 17, 2011 by  

Dead Island Announcement Trailer Details

The internet started buzzing yesterday when the official announcement trailer for Dead Island started spreading like a zombie infection. As exciting as the trailer is, the game itself sounds like it’s going to be worth looking out for as well. The zombie phenomenon had finally seemed to be wearing its welcome a little thin, but Dead Island might be able to reinvigorate the neck-biting undead monster within us all.

IGN got an early first look at the game, and have made it clear that Techland are spending all the time and resources necessary to craft a unique and engaging story as well as a fun game. The titular location of Dead Island is luxurious Banoi in Papau New Guinea, and the protagonist is a vacationer lodging at the Royal Palms Resort.

Throughout the course of the game the player, along with several other survivors, will attempt to escape the overrun island by learning the secrets of the outbreak along the way.

In case the resemblance to Dead Rising has started to ebb your interest in the game, the differences in gameplay and tone seem stark enough to make Dead Island an entirely new experience. Your defense against the zombies will consist of items found lying around the island, but don’t expect to see lawnmowers and samurai swords around every corner.

Firearms of any kind will be rare, and household items are vital for survival. Techland described the game as a “first-person zombie-slasher/action-RPG,” and it seems like the pace will be much more deliberate than either Dead Rising or Left 4 Dead.

The success of The Walking Dead might seem like a trigger for a gritty and realistic zombie title like this, but in fact the game has been in development since 2007. The game flew off the radar for almost everyone over the past four years, and Techland has been working on and releasing other projects such as nail’d, but it looks like the wait has paid off.

Watch the VERY GRAPHIC trailer below and see what all the fuss is about:

[Warning: Graphic Violence]

The zombie genre has been stretched very thin over the past decade. Techland and Deep Silver both seem to be fully aware of that, and if the game is as emotionally driven as the trailer, this might be more than just another addition to the growing pile of zombie entertainment.

Are you willing to give another zombie game a chance, or has the genre run its course? Do you think Dead Island might be unique enough to warrant another dip into the genre? Let us know in the comments below.

Dead Island is scheduled to be released sometime in 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Source: IGN

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  1. I want this game inside me… err umm inside me xbox?

  2. I can’t wait to see more of this game! It looks amazing, and the teaser hints at a more emotional gaming experience.

  3. They put together a stunning trailer. This game came out of nowhere and blindsided me with it; really excited to hear more about it now!

  4. I can never get enough zombie goodness. This looks very promising.

  5. I´ve been waiting for this game for years, and now I got all excited about a video, but alas, no gameplay.

  6. If Dead Island’s gameplay is anywhere close to as good as its trailer, it is going to be a hit.

  7. The trailer in reverse, I thought i was gonna feel the climax of fear in the end.. but not. Anyway; yes, this would certainly be an emotionally driven horror game like silent hill ^^

  8. This is one of my favorite trailers of all time. There’s no doubt about that. But I have bad news for everyone. Sorry, I did some research.

    Techland’s only claim to fame is Call of Juarez, a game with a meta score of 77. Everything else they’ve done is absolute garbage, including titles such as ‘Pet Racer’ and ‘Xpand Rally Xtreme.’

    The publisher, Deep Silver, is even more discouraging. They’ve published such successful titles as, ‘Singles: Flirt Up Your Life’ and ‘Wildlife Park 2: Crazy Zoo.’

    Let’s be honest… this game is going to be awful. But hey, that’s one brilliant trailer.

    • I saw their history too, and you’re right, the track record doesn’t excite me. But this might well be both companies breaking free from their unimpressive pasts to make something worthwhile. I’m keepin’ the faith.

    • So you don’t believe that even though a company that has had lets say pretty low rated games can’t make a good one? That is like saying Great game company can’t make an awful one.

      “Let’s be honest… this game is going to be awful” -the Knoa
      I have a feeling im going to be laughing when this game turns out to be a great and pretty fun game to many gamer.

  9. i feel like this is the most artistically amazing video game trailer that I have ever seen. this game has jumped its way onto my radar screen

  10. …it was backwards. :o

    But everyone knows how a track record goes: you make a good one once, and flops afterwards, and then you make Avatar: The Last Airbender. I mean…history has a habit of repeating itself.

    But let’s be positive, it DOES look gorgeous, so let’s give it a chance.

    RENT. THAT. GAME!!!

  11. Cannot wait for this to come out! I’m gonna throw on my favorite t-shirt and go to town on those zombies!!! http://www.crazydogtshirts.com/servlet/the-2551/zombie-killing-t-shirt%2C/Detail

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