Dead Island 2, released nearly ten years after the original, has sold over two million copies.
The news came via Embracer Group’s quarterly financial report, Embracer being the company that owns Dead Island 2 publisher Deep Silver. “It is rewarding to see that the decision to give the studio time to polish the game has paid off,” Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors states in the report.
We’re certainly glad Dead Island 2 turned out the way it did. We awarded it an 8 out 10 in our review, calling it, “the ultimate zombie game, dropping you in a setting that’s an absolute joy to explore and spend time in while taking apart zombies in any way you please.”
But the delays did definitely make us sceptical that it would ever see the light of day. Dead Island 2, announced just under ten years ago, has been through three developers. So it’s a surprise that it actually ever saw its eventual April 2023 release. Embracer/Deep Silver no doubt knew how further delays would have been perceived.
Could a sequel be on the cards? We certainly hope so though publisher Embracer Group has yet to say anything along those lines. Though they do seem happier with the game than they were with the Saints Row reboot.
Without spoiling Dead Island 2’s ending, there are at least a couple of story hooks to pick up on. Plus, we definitely want to see Irish zombie-slayer murdering her way around a whole new fecking arena. So here’s hoping Dead Island 3 actually happens.