Deep Silver releases a trailer for Dead Island: Definitive Collection, which includes remastered versions of the original game and Dead Island: Riptide.
Last year, rumors of a Dead Island remaster cropped up thanks to a listing by a South African retailer. Well, those rumors have finally been substantiated, as Deep Silver has officially announced Dead Island: Definitive Collection for release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 31st.
Dead Island: Definitive Collection includes both the original Dead Island game as well as the quasi-sequel Dead Island: Riptide. The games are being fully remastered, with improved visuals and all of the DLC released for them packed-in. Better yet, players will be able to pick up all of this content at a budget price, as Dead Island: Definitive Collection will retail for just $39.99.
While the remastered versions of Dead Island and Riptide are the meat of the package, fans can also look forward to a bonus game in Dead Island: Definitive Collection. This bonus game is the previously leaked Dead Island: Retro Revenge, which we now know is a 2D side-scrolling beat 'em up in the vein of Double Dragon or Streets of Rage.
Unfortunately, Deep Silver has yet to release any footage of Dead Island: Retro Revenge, but check out the remastered versions of the original game and Riptide in the trailer below:
The original Dead Island was a surprise hit back in 2011, and really helped put Techland and Deep Silver on the map. The game's success resulted in the Dead Island franchise as we know it today, and also directly influenced Techland's followup, Dying Light. Therefore, it makes sense for Deep Silver to try to capitalize on the popularity of the original release by bringing it in remastered form to new-gen consoles.
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However, many fans of the franchise would probably rather see news on Dead Island 2. The last we heard of the game, Dead Island 2 developer Yager Games was taken off the project by Deep Silver, and development shifted to an internal studio. Details on why Deep Silver made this decision are still hard to come by, but one can assume it was due to Yager not finishing the game fast enough. After all, Dead Island 2 has been delayed a number of times, with the latest Dead Island 2 delay pushing the game from 2015 into this year.
The original Dead Island experienced a similar rough development cycle, but Techland's hard work on it did eventually pay off. The game was not exactly a critical darling, however, and it remains to be seen if gamers will be willing to return to it after already playing through the original release. With Dead Island: Definitive Collection dropping in just a couple months time, we won't have to wait long to find out if fans are receptive to it or not.
Dead Island: Definitive Collection will be available on May 31st for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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