Even in the zombie apocalypse, the one constant is the dilution of the Dead Island brand. Deep Silver has announced Escape Dead Island, a third-person singleplayer survival game. War of the Vikings and War of the Roses maker Fatshark is developing the game. It’s set between Dead Island and the upcoming Dead Island 2. The player, as Cliff Calo, (I swear that’s the character’s name) steals a yacht and goes to the archipelago of Narapela off the coast of zombie-infested Banoi to film a documentary but things go wrong. I’m guessing it’s zombies. Again. Presumably Cliff has to then escape the island. Which is dead. Escape Dead Island is cel-shaded which senior producer Alexander Toplansky says helps convey the surreal story.
Cliff struggles with his own sanity as the world around him begins to become increasingly unpredictable. Time distorts and folds in on itself; strange messages appear and impossible events shatter reality. Oceans turn to blood, containers plummet from the clear sky… If Cliff had any thoughts about this being a routine documentary, he’d be “dead” wrong.
Escape Dead Island is slated to lurch onto PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC later this year.