Dead Island News

Dead Island's whopping five million sales proves new IP can succeed at the end of a console lifecycle, publisher says

Dead Island has sold over five million copies, Koch Media has announced.

That's global sales of the retail and digital versions since the game launched in September 2011. Koch, parent company of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver, said the zombie kill 'em up still enjoys strong sales today.

Koch boss Klemens Kundratitz gushed: "While others focus on ever-increasing development budgets and driving brand messages via ballooning marketing expenditures, Deep Silver stands for hitting the zeitgeist, innovation and fresh gameplay.

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Dead Island Game of the Year Edition release date announced

The Dead Island Game of the Year Edition launches in Europe on 6th July 2012, and in the US and Canada on 26th June, Deep Silver has announced.

That's for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The Dead Island GOTY includes the Bloodbath Arena mode and Ryder White storyline DLC, as well as The Ripper weapon blueprint. The original game has sold "way over" three million copies worldwide, Deep Silver said.

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Is Techland not making Dead Island 2?

Amid contradicting reports, Eurogamer speaks to the studio.

Buggy open world horror RPG Dead Island was an unlikely breakout new IP success last year. It became Polish developer Techland's most successful title.

Dead Island Ryder White DLC release date, price

Dead Island Ryder White DLC release date, price

Play as he, the game's villain.

Dead Island expands on 1st February with new story content that lets you play as Ryder White, the main game's chief antagonist.

For 800 Microsoft Points or 7.99 on PSN and Steam, you'll see first-hand the motivations of White - a military man and "loving" husband.

This new story content has twists and turns and should last "several" hours.

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Dead Island Bloodbath Arena DLC release date announced

Bloodbath Arena, the first downloadable content for zombie kill 'em up Dead Island, launches on 22nd November.

It goes live on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In Europe, the DLC launches on PS3 on Wednesday 23rd.

Bloodbath Arena is a wave-based mode that includes four different arenas for single-player and co-op play.

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Dead Island PS3/360 patch date and details

Dead Island PS3/360 patch date and details

O negative experience be gone.

The console versions of Dead Island will be patched this week. The PlayStation 3 version of Dead Island will be updated first on Wednesday, 9th November, followed a day later on Thursday, 10th November, by the Xbox 360 version.

These fixes are already available on PC.

Dead Island developer Techland put the Bloodbath Arena DLC on hold until fixes such as those below could be rolled out.

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Techland trademarks Dead World

First hint at a Dead Island sequel?

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the studio just told Eurogamer, "Techland is not going to comment on [the trademark filing] at this time."

Dead Island PC patch 1.3 released

Dead Island PC patch 1.3 released

These cadaver big effect on gameplay.

Dead Island PC patch 1.3 has been released on Steam.

The headline alterations are a raised level-cap to 60, new weapon blueprints, better rewards from weapon crates and improvements made to enhance subsequent campaign playthroughs.

Gameplay improvements

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Dead Island patch released on Steam

Dead Island patch released on Steam

Less of autopsy-turvy ride.

A Dead Island patch has been released on Steam that fixes levitating zombies and other, less interesting things.

Areas from trading to inventory to corrupted files and co-op games are tackled.

Are these the sum of all changes Techland wanted to implement before Bloodbath Arena can be released?

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Dead Island DLC delayed

Techland still polishing up main game.

Gamers will have to wait for the first batch of Dead Island DLC while developer Techland finishes polishing the main game.

Dead Island film announced

Dead Island film announced

THAT trailer "primary creative inspiration".

Movie company Lionsgate has optioned film rights from Deep Silver to make a Dead Island film.

The game's haunting debut trailer, which went viral upon its release, will serve as the primary creative inspiration for the film, Lionsgate said.

"The film Dead Island will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling," the company continued.

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Dead Island PC patch may wipe saves

Dead Island PC patch may wipe saves

But publisher planning a "make up" offer.

Dead Island's day one title update may wipe some of users' save data, thanks to incompatibility issues thrown up by the game's embarrassing PC launch balls-up, the game's publisher has admitted.

A statement from Deep Silver handed to horror site Daily Dead explained that it had done its best to avoid save files being compromised but in some instances players will lose their progress.

"We tried every avenue possible in order to avoid fans having to wipe their saved games… this update may cause incompatibilities between the incorrect version of Dead Island that was released and the fixed version and cause a wipe on saved games. "

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Dead Island patch for launch

Dead Island patch for launch

A fleshy furlong of fixes.

Buggy horror-action role-player Dead Island will be patched this Friday at launch.

The fix-list, revealed by Destructoid, attends to nearly 40 problems. Everything from game instability, disappearing inventories and inability to finish side-quests are tackled - and plenty more besides.

Eurogamer turned up 6/10 in its Dead Island review.

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Out This Week - 09/09/11

Island! Fox! Resistance! Marine! Shaddai!

Your wallet is no longer safe. The games releases arrive thick and fast this week, with two platform exclusives, two hotly anticipated multiplatform releases and a unique Japanese thing - all fighting for your money.

Dead Island trailer reflects game - dev

Dead Island trailer reflects game - dev

"I don't want to cause any hate."

Deep Silver has denied the accusation from many observers that the eye-catching Dead Island trailer that exploded upon the internet last month misrepresents the game it was designed to promote.

The Dead Island trailer, below, shows a reverse-time account of a young girl on a tropical holiday island being torn away from her parents, become a zombie and eventually be flung out of a window - backed by a poignant piano accompaniment.

It was a huge hit on the internet, trended on social networking site Twitter and sparked live action movie talk. Even celebrities, such as Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg, discussed it.

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Valve on that Dead Island trailer

Valve on that Dead Island trailer

"The violence towards kids is unpleasant."

Techland's eye-catching Dead Island trailer, which shows a reverse-time account of a young girl on a tropical holiday island being torn away from her parents, become a zombie and eventually be flung out of a window, turned heads - but what did Valve, the maker of Left 4 Dead, perhaps the best zombie game of this generation, think?

"It's pretty awesome. It's really good," Left 4 Dead writer Chet Faliszek told Eurogamer.

"I think it's great, but I just had a baby this year and I just had a weird feeling," offered writing partner Erik Wolpaw. "The violence towards kids is unpleasant. I'm not offended by it, but it's unpleasant in a way that makes it difficult to watch.

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Dead Island trailer rouses Hollywood

Dead Island trailer rouses Hollywood

"Big-name directors" on the phone.

That fantastic Dead Island video - which shows a reverse-time account of a young girl on a tropical holiday island being torn away from her parents, become a zombie and eventually be flung out of a window - has sent ripples across Hollywood.

"We had a couple of big-name directors come to us. One of the top directors in Hollywood sent a studio his link to the trailer and said he was interested in this, and the studio contacted us," Malte Wagner, business boss at publisher Koch Media/Deep Silver, told the LA Times blog.

"We've had a lot of inquiries, not only from Union but from other major players for film adaptation. The talks are very early and there's no deal whatsoever. Right now I'd say it boils down to three or four opportunities. Some are studios, not just bonders [financiers] like Union. We'd rather go with a big studio that can bring the creative side.

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COJ dev still working on Dead Island

It's coming along nicely, says Techland man.

Techland has confirmed survival horror game Dead Island is still in development, even though nothing's been seen or heard of it for nearly a year now.