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Dead Island 2 is coming to ‘another platform’ in the next year

Dead Island 2 is scheduled for release on an unidentified platform in the coming year.

That’s according to Embracer Group CEO Lars Wingefors, who discussed the performance of the game and its future prospects during the company’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

First announced in 2014, the zombie action RPG suffered a series of delays and changes of developer during a turbulent production cycle.

Dambuster, an internal Deep Silver studio, took over development in 2019 and the game was finally released in April for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store.

Dead Island 2 exceeded expectations at launch, selling one million copies in three days and two million in its first month, according to Embracer.

“I think Dead Island had a really strong release window, then we have been seeing more normal performance, according to expectations,” Wingefors said today.

“What we now expect obviously is promotions, but primarily the addition of new content coming through, so there is a significant amount of content coming through for the game in the year, that would improve the sales of the base game as well.

“Then looking a year ahead, we would have a release on another platform that will also drive multiple sales.”

While Wingefors didn’t elaborate on future release plans, he may have been referring to plans to bring the PC version of the game to Steam.

It’s also possible that it could come to a Nintendo system, either Switch or its successor, which is expected to launch in the second half of 2024. VGC has contacted publisher Deep Silver for comment.

Two Dead Island 2 story expansions are in the works. The first, Haus, will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2023, with the second, SOLA Festival, following in the second quarter of 2024. Both are included in the game’s $29.99 / £24.99 Expansion Pass.