Dead Island Preview: Undead Monday

Posted by Grey Monday, February 21, 2011

We make a quick revisit to Deep Silver and Techland's Dead Island not without reason. The trailer of the Survival Horror game set in a Zombie Apocalypse has became an overnight viral sensation so much so that the movie rights to the property has been acquired.

We brought you the overnight internet viral sensation that is the announcement trailer for Dead Island, the Zombie Survival Horror game published by Deep Silver and developed by Polish game developer Techland with a scheduled release some time in 2011. And while we did commended on the well-made trailer, little did we realize the far-reaching memetic effect of the video clip.

So much so that a Hollywood treatment of the property were already in plans with Sean Daniel (the producer of a widely diverse range of films from Dazed and Confused, Mallrats, to The Wolfman and The Mummy trilogy) has reportedly acquired the filming rights.

Purchased under the label of the recently formed Sean Daniel Company, Variety has reported that the producers "have started searching for a writer and are currently in discussions with studios and film financiers about making the movie", while Deadline gives a glimpse of the likely contents of the film:

"Studios and agencies are all over them, suggesting talent packages and story lines to try and make a screen deal. That will likely happen in the next week or so. The film will follow a Memento-like storyline, even though the video game does not."

While a Hollywood treatment of an unrelease video game seems to be indicative of the horrendous creativity black-hole of current state of Hollywood filmmakers, the hype behind the trailer is no doubt beneficial to the source product slated to hit the stores in an undetermined date some time in 2011. However, as expertly illuminated by Jason Schreier of Wired, the game trailer, while extremely gorgeous and well-edited, is not made by Techland and therefore all the hype is about a short film but not the actual game.

And this fact has been highlighted even further with the release of an official synopsis of the game from Deep Silver:

Terror. Violence. Madness. Bedlam. A holiday paradise gone mad. A tropical island turns into total chaos after a mysterious zombie outbreak. Cut off from the rest of the world, the player’s only chance to survive is to fight to the death and find a way to escape from the island.

Deep Silver announced today that it will publish Dead Island, the upcoming gruesome zombie slasher by renowned developer Techland. Dead Island combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customization of a vast array of weapons. All of these gameplay features are presented in a dark story inspired by classic zombie movies with a gritty and engrossing campaign that can be played with up to four players in co-op mode.

Set in an open world tropical island, hordes of different festering zombies await players around every corner while they embark on a variety of thrilling missions through the holiday resort. With firearms and ammunition being scarce the player must rely on utilizing found items as weapons for self-defense and fight off zombie hordes in intense melee combat. A diverse range of items can be collected and will later serve to transform the player’s ordinary makeshift weapons into serious instruments of destruction.

In addition to satisfying even the most bloodthirsty action fan’s fantasy, Dead Island also features role-playing elements which allow the player to develop one of the game’s unique character classes according to their preferences, all the while learning new skills and fresh tactics during their journey through the perilous environments of the island. What’s more, anytime during a game up to four players can seamlessly join together and experience the intense combat and immersive story with cooperative gameplay.

With the all-new Chrome Engine 5 powering Dead Island, the game will use the latest installment of Techland’s acclaimed proprietary game engine, allowing the player to experience the tropical island paradise in graphical splendor with diverse environments like lush forests and detailed city environments.

Dead Island will be released worldwide for the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC later this year.

And here's an alternate synopsis:

"The island of Banoi is a lush, tropical paradise in the South Pacific where its flagship Royal Palms Resort serves as the ultimate getaway for vacationers with money to burn. However, all good things must soon come to an end – and the picturesque resort falls into madness, carnage and chaos after a mysterious and contagious zombie outbreak claims its once peaceful atmosphere. Cut off from the rest of the world, only four individuals who strangely find themselves immune to zombification have the power to protect the remaining survivors from the horrors of the island, to discover what's really going on and find a way to escape before their own fatal ends."

Along with the release of the plot synopsis, Deep Silver has also posted the names of the four playable characters with Xian Mei, the female protagonist being the only with the background story revealed. Check them out right after the jump, followed by some of the screenshots that have been released.


Xian Mei is an employee at the Royal Palm Resort, born and raised in China, she chose an occupation that allowed her to leave her country of birth in order to experience different people and cultures - Banoii is her first placement outside of her homeland.

She is a fast learner, intelligent, and also - as a passionate sportswoman - quick on her feet. Having just arrived at the island, Xian Mei was responsible for a myriad of menial tasks at the hotel, before starting work as a receptionist. This opportunity to meet and greet all the different nationalities that visited the hotel was ideal for Xian Mei, as it provided a perfect source of inspiration for her dreams of travelling the globe.

That is of course, before suddenly the world around her begins to crumble...


To be revealed!


To be revealed!


To be revealed!

Here's some of the screenshots that have been released thus far.

And here's the first wallpaper of the game, featuring Xian Mei.


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