Dead Island 2 reaches 2 million in sales to become Deep Silver's biggest launch ever

While critical reception was lukewarm, Embracer Group revealed that Dead Island 2 has still sold incredibly well.

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Dead Island 2 was, by most critical reviews, not the worst game, but not a great one either. That hasn’t stopped it from selling quite well according to Embracer Group. The parent company behind Deep Silver shared that Dead Island 2 has actually done quite well in sales, crossing 2 million units sold. That reportedly makes it the best launch Deep Silver has ever had.

Embracer Group shared the details about Dead Island 2’s sales in its recently released Q4 & 2023 Full Year Report. It was there that Embracer CEO Lars Wingefor shared that the company is pleased with the sales performance of Dead Island 2 so far:

Dead Island 2's sales shared in the recent Embracer Group financial report.
Embracer Group shared in its Q4 & Full Year 2023 Report that Dead Island 2 had managed to cross 2 million units in sales.
Source: Embracer Group

When we reviewed Dead Island 2, we found it to be not bad, but not great praising the gory graphics and co-op, but criticizing the poor story, entirely uninventive action-RPG mechanics, and inconsistent voice overs. Nonetheless, the game has seemingly caught the interest of players and racked up quite some sales. It’s a win Embracer very likely needed, as elsewhere in its financial reporting the company revealed that it had an unannounced $2 billion USD deal fall through.

Nonetheless, while Dead Island 2 might not recoup that loss, its surprise financial success seems to bode well for Deep Silver and Dambuster Studios. Perhaps the next Dead Island thing won’t take a decade to come out. Stay tuned for more updates and news on the Dead Island franchise and more, right here at Shacknews.

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