Dead Island (series)

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Dead Island
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Genre(s)Action role-playing, survival horror
Developer(s)Techland, Sumo Digital, Fatshark, Stunlock Studios
Publisher(s)Deep Silver
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
First releaseDead Island
September 6, 2011
Latest releaseEscape Dead Island
November 18, 2014

Dead Island is an action role-playing survival horror video game series published by Deep Silver[1] for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and mobile platforms iOS and Android. There are three installments in the series, with a fourth one scheduled for 2017. It is centered on the challenge of surviving a zombie-infested open world island with a major emphasis on melee combat.

Dead Island was originally announced at E3 2006,[2] but was pushed back to 2011. It was released on 6 September 2011 in North America, 9 September 2011 in the PAL regions and 20 October 2011 in Japan. A stand-alone expansion, Dead Island: Riptide, was released in 2013. A sequel, Dead Island 2, is in development.

A spin-off, Escape Dead Island, was released in 2014. A MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game based on the Dead Island series called Dead Island: Epidemic was cancelled during the open beta phase in 2015. The free-to-play title had been available on Steam early access since May 2014, but eventually never saw a full release and was completely shut down.

Dead Island: Survivors, a mobile platform-based game, was launched on iOS and Android in July 2018.[3]

Video games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA: 6 September 2011
  • PAL: 9 September 2011
  • JP: 20 October 2011
Release years by system:
2011 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux

Original release date(s):
  • NA: April 23, 2013
  • AU: April 23, 2013
  • EU: April 26, 2013
  • JP: July 11, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
  • Last game in the series developed by the IP creator Techland.
  • Act as a standalone expansion to the original Dead Island

Original release date(s):
  • NA: 18 November 2014
  • EU: 21 November 2014
  • AU: 28 November 2014
Release years by system:
2014 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Original release date(s):
8 December 2014[4]
Release years by system:
2014 - Microsoft Windows[4]
  • A multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game
  • Act as a spin-off in the series
  • Developed by Stunlock Studios and published by Deep Silver
  • Shut down in September 2015[5]

Original release date(s):
May 31, 2016
Release years by system:
2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
  • A high definition remaster that feature Dead Island

Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
TBA - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Dead Island Survivors

Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
July 4, 2018 - Android, iOS

Related media[edit]


A one issue comic book version of the series was released by Marvel Comics, and begins with Roger Howard, an investigative journalist, as he looks into the illegal exploitation of Banoi Island's resources. He appeared in the game as a voice, leaving behind tape recordings.

The story begins just as Roger Howard arrives. He explains why he is at the Royal Palms Resort, and then begins to target Kenneth Ballard the Royal Palms' manager. After gaining access to his office, Roger finds detailed files on Xian Mei, Purna, Logan Carter, and Sam B. After going through the files, Roger hears a knock on the door. Before opening it, he begins to explain that he was looking for the bathroom. Unfortunately, after opening the door, he comes face-to-face with a zombie. The story then ends, with Roger's fate unknown. In the video game, audio logs of Roger are found, with him slowly going insane from being infected, and when the survivors reach the prison, they find his last audio log, which implies a prison guard killed him once he became infected, with the log found next to (presumably) Roger's corpse.

The audio logs detail his journey, which is revealed that he and a group of survivors tried to escape into the jungle, but crashed. The driver and Roger were attacked by an infected Orangutan, with the driver dying and Roger escaping. Roger makes it to the prison, and he states he is making this log for scientists to see the full symptoms of infection, and starts hallucinating about his son.


On 27 September 2011, Lionsgate has announced that they have acquired rights to develop a film based on the game's announcement trailer, as its portrayal of a family desperately fighting for their lives provided artistic inspiration.[6] The studio will join producer company Occupant Entertainment and the game company Deep Silver with filming to begin in 2015.[7]


A novel based on the events of the first game, and written by Mark Morris was released concurrently with Dead Island.


  1. ^ Purchese, Rob (2011-02-17). "Dead Island published by Deep Silver". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  2. ^ "E3 06: Dead Island Preshow Report". 10 May 2006. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  3. ^ Sholtz, Matthew (7.3.2018) "Deep Silver finally gets around to releasing 'Dead Island: Survivors' on Android". (Retrieved 10.23.2018)
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to Open Beta". Steam. Valve Corporation. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  5. ^ O'Connor, Alice (19 September 2015). "Dead Island: Epidemic MOBA Shutting Down". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Lionsgate Developing Dead Island Video Game Movie". Retrieved 2011-11-26.
  7. ^ "It's Alive! 'Dead Island' Vidgame Movie Rises Again". Deadline. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2014-08-01.