Lifeless Island 2 was <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/video games/dead_island_2/b/computer/archive/2014/06/11/five-important-changes-in-dead-island-2.aspx" goal="_blank" rel="noopener">introduced</a> just some years after the discharge of the primary <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/video games/dead_island/b/xbox360/archive/2011/09/04/a-few-missing-limbs-can-t-hold-back-this-undead-romp.aspx" goal="_blank" rel="noopener">Lifeless Island</a> and a bit of over a 12 months after Lifeless Island Riptide – <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/video games/dead_island_riptide/b/xbox360/archive/2013/04/21/zombie-killing-bliss-with-some-rough-edges.aspx" goal="_blank" rel="noopener">the forgettable and repetitive sequel</a> that did, at the least, proceed the story of the primary recreation’s survivors. Writer Deep Silver launched some spinoffs after Riptide, like <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/video games/escape_dead_island/b/xbox360/archive/2014/11/17/game-informer-review-escape-dead-island-xbox-360.aspx" goal="_blank" rel="noopener">Escape Lifeless Island</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/dead-island-epidemic" goal="_blank" rel="noopener">Lifeless Island: Epidemic</a>, and the 16-bit beat ‘em up <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/b/information/archive/2016/05/09/dead-island-retro-revenge-is-a-16-bit-beat-em-up-mini-game.aspx" goal="_blank" rel="noopener">Lifeless Island Retro Revenge</a>, however a full-scale, numbered sequel hasn’t but occurred, regardless of being introduced practically a decade in the past.
The primary iteration of Lifeless Island 2 was helmed by Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager, as Lifeless Island developer Techland had parted methods with the property and labored on Dying Mild. Deep Silver then handed over improvement of the sport to LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital in 2016, however then, in 2019, Deep Silver introduced that Homefront: The Revolution developer Dambuster Studios could be dealing with Lifeless Island 2. And that studio has been engaged on this recreation since 2018. In my cowl story journey to Dambuster’s Nottingham, England studio, varied members on the crew instructed me it began with a recent, clear slate for Lifeless Island 2. However curiously, Lifeless Island 2, due out in April, continues to be set in Los Angeles, California, the setting revealed within the recreation’s first reveal trailer in 2014.
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Regardless of seemingly having the chance to make Lifeless Island 2 exactly what it wished it to be in each approach, Dambuster caught with LA, lovingly referred to in-game and by the studio as Hell-A. I requested recreation director David Stenton about this resolution and apparently, a unique setting was by no means actually on the desk.
“I don’t bear in mind there being a whole lot of debate about doing something apart from LA,” Stenton tells me. “I feel for us, we wished to use actual focus to the sport… to the fight and that additionally extends to the setting as nicely. LA is such a improbable iconic location, we didn’t actually really feel like we would have liked to usher in every other areas.”
Stenton is probably going alluding to the sport’s unique emblem when it was first revealed in 2014. The D in “Lifeless” options the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco’s iconic landmark. Dambuster tells me that Lifeless Island 2 will happen in Los Angeles solely, so don’t plan on making your approach to San Francisco or every other California places in the primary marketing campaign.
“It simply offers us a lot alternative… for the sport that we wished to make, so it wasn’t actually a giant debate,” Stenton says.
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It’s vital to notice, nevertheless, that regardless of what the crew says about sticking with LA, utilizing the identical location from the unique reveal – the placement followers have assumed Lifeless Island 2 takes place in for practically a decade – doesn’t damage the advertising and marketing of this recreation. Whereas the crew feels assured LA is the place for its zombie recreation, it may additionally simply have made the choice to stay with the placement followers have presumed as this sequel’s setting for therefore lengthy.
“We began with a clear slate, completely, with our personal imaginative and prescient,” Stenton says. “We’re not wanting an excessive amount of at form of what occurred previously or too many different video games on the market. We’re simply actually targeted on, ‘How will we wish to make Lifeless Island 2 completely phenomenal?’ and convey it updated and ship a recreation that we predict followers will actually take pleasure in.”
For extra, learn our characteristic about why Dambuster Studios thinks Los Angeles makes for an excellent Lifeless Island expertise, even when the town isn’t an precise island.
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