Dead Island 2 goes gold, will release a week early

Deep Silver has announced that Dead Island 2 will now ship a week early.


After many years in development, Dead Island 2 will finally be launching this year. While the game was set for a February 2023 release when it was re-revealed in August of last year, the game was later pushed back to the end of April. Now, publisher Deep Silver has shared an encouraging update on the state of the zombie survival game. Dead Island 2 has gone gold, and its release date has been moved up by a week.

In a tweet earlier today, Deep Silver announced that Dead Island 2 has gone gold. A common term in game development, going gold means that a game is essentially ready to be printed on discs and shipped to stores. Essentially, the game is finished. While it’s always good news for fans and developers alike when a game goes gold, you could argue that it’s even more of a significant milestone for Dead Island 2. Originally announced all the way back in 2014, Dead Island 2 has had a long, tumultuous development cycle. After extensive delays and a change in developer, Dead Island 2 will finally be in the hands of players soon.

The tweet also shares that Dead Island 2 will now launch on April 21, 2023. This is one week ahead of the April 28 release date that the game was delayed to in November. The new release date means that Dead Island 2 will no longer share a release date with Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, which is one of the year’s most anticipated games.

After nearly a decade, the release of Dead Island 2 is just over two months away. With the game officially going gold, another delay at this point is incredibly unlikely. As we await more details in the lead-up to launch, be sure to bookmark our Dead Island 2 topic page.

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    February 13, 2023 8:40 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Dead Island 2 goes gold, will release a week early

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      February 13, 2023 8:48 AM

      Neat. I liked the previous game(s?).

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        February 13, 2023 9:01 AM

        yeah. had a blast with the first one. hope they pull this off

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          February 13, 2023 9:07 AM

          For some reason I feel like I played two previous Dead Island games (and not the MOBA Riptide thing). Am I on crack, or was there a second Dead Island game that wasn't "Dead Island 2"? Or a stand-alone expansion?

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            February 13, 2023 9:10 AM

            yeah there was a 2nd one (riptide) and it continued the story right after ending of 1st.

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              February 13, 2023 9:13 AM

              The first game astounded me; the second I bounced hard off of, never tried it again.

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                February 13, 2023 9:18 AM

                same for me, mainly because I tried playing it after Dying Light 1 came out which had amazing movement - going back to Dead Island was a no-go for me after that.

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                  February 13, 2023 9:22 AM

                  I tried playing Dying Light 1 after playing the Dead Island games, and I could not get into it. Practically everything about it aggravated me.

                  I enjoyed Dying Light 2 more, until I got fed up with being kicked to the title screen. I don't know if that was ever fixed.

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              February 13, 2023 9:17 AM

              Ok, it was Riptide that was the sequel/expansion. I'm clearly confused.

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