Dead Island ships 1 million

Techland-developed, Deep Silver-published survival horror action game expected to go double-platinum by week's end.

Dead Island may not benefit from a widely known developer or the deep pockets of a massive publisher, but that isn't stopping the zombie-infused title from posting impressive first-week sales figures. Deep Silver announced today that the Techland-developed survival horror action game has shipped more than 1 million units to North American retailers within its first week of availability.

Zombie outbreaks often lead to gangbusters sales.

Deep Silver expects worldwide shipment figures to hit 2 million units by the end of this week. Those predictions are due in part to Dead Island's top-selling position in foreign markets such as the UK and France, as well as the game's No. 1 chart slot on Valve's digital distribution platform Steam. The game has also seen headline-grabbing controversy in the form of sexist content embedded in the game's development code.

Set on a secluded resort, Dead Island tells the brutal story of everyday civilians caught up in a zombie apocalypse. Gamers can choose among four character classes, which break down into the leader, tank, jack-of-all-trades, and assassin archetypes. Every single character starts out the same way--suddenly attacked by zombies at the island's hotel, knocked out, and dragged to a nearby pool house converted to a shelter.

Dead Island is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more information, check out GameSpot's review.

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lexika
lexika

I totally love this game. I think it's intense and a rush to play, wouldn't have a problem playing it through a couple times. You totally get your money's worth I think. :)

anyjabroni
anyjabroni

Poor zombie fan fool's. buying a game just because it has zombies in it. who wouldn't want a short boring zombie RPG with breaking weapons? Shipped 1 million? wonder how many of them were returned.

Taix34
Taix34

i Hope this game gets a sequel, This game rocks!

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@noturfangirl: You can. You can replay the campaign with your original character and all his/her stats and equipment from when you completed the game. But I'm not surprised. Despite some unpolished flaws and some bad voice acting...Dead Island was a well done zombie game. Too bad most people are hung up on the intitial teaser trailer to enjoy it for what it is. It was never meant to be the basis for the story. It was just a brief snapshot of what happend to one family at the resort. I'm just a little disappointed there wasn't more variety of zombies. Some zombie kids and animals would have been more disturbing. meh, political correctness sucks I guess.

noturfangirl
noturfangirl

The game is ok.......would have been great if i could level up my character to the max but alas....................

F4Remix
F4Remix

I So Want This Game!!!!! Looks Epic,But Hope Not A Let Down Been Waiting Ages For It.

Connor728
Connor728

shipping out loads of product doesn't necessarily mean you'll be able to buy it. I couldn't today, unfortunately, because all gaming stores were sold out. I went online and some sites were asking for £50 for the ordinary version of the game. Luckily though I tried HMV (online) they were in stock and were selling the game a little lower than its RRP (recommended retail price). Should be here within 5-8 days, hopefully. HMV=Lifesavers!

iocasiones
iocasiones

I really enjoyed this game! Anyone looking for a copy should look at steam. Always available and no need to wait for stocks and disappointments that it's sold out.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

It is a heavily demanded game that's for sure! I finally got m copy today! I went to Gamestop tuesday and they were sold out, as was Bestbuy, and WalMart. I went by Gamestop today and they were still sold out. Checked Walmart and they were also still sold out! Luckily Bestbuy was heavily stocked today. Whew!

muzza93
muzza93

The game is awesome, sold out in lots of places in australia, which is a good thing! Still dont like the extremely cheesy australian accents in the game lol but i know its a joke

Sendmn23
Sendmn23

I totally dug this game! It was fun... still can't wait for Gears...

orb_03_2006
orb_03_2006

My gamestop was sold out of this game for a straight week. Glad to see this game selling as well as it is!! :D

thekrazybaby
thekrazybaby

Left 4 Dead + Dead Rising = Dead Island ;) Congrats and keep it coming!!!

keech
keech

Great, now they need to fix the game to where it deserves the sales numbers. The minor "rough around the edges" problems I can deal with. But I've had several problems to the point where the game nearly unplayable online. Such as the game freezing my Xbox entirely ever time a load screen comes up and rare cases where the game just decides to stop allowing players to respawn.

Kingjames11
Kingjames11

Great game. It deserves the sales and more people should experience it. There's moments in this game that had me on the edge of my seat with one life bar left and five undead chasing me. That's what gaming should be about--immersion.

mogwart36
mogwart36

hopefuly they will come out with a second dead island and fix the problems from the first game.

mogwart36
mogwart36

great game.luckily havent had any problems since they patched it.had a buddy who had a few problems with quests disappearing or not being able to turn in...but not having that problem now.only thing i really dislike is thrown weapons disappearing into walls and floors and not being able to retrieve. still great game and a must have.i think its best zombie game available.

lamprey263
lamprey263

it's a really-really fun game, though it's also glitchy, and I'm not nit picking at all the glitches the reviewers pointed out, my gripe is I'm one of the few unfortunate ones that suffered from a game save crash coming out of online co-op which corrupted my character that I spent dozens of hours working on to achieve level 50, and now I no longer have that character, the inventory and weapons, the leveling, very unfortunate... but damn it really is just a fun game anyways, I'll probably play through it all over again anyways and have a blast doing it, I'll just remember to back-up my game save file on my memory card from time to time, just as a precaution

jomijohn
jomijohn

All the wishes for the game to sell 5 million+ copies.......

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

This is a great game, especially playing with a couple buddies. I'd strongly recommend picking this up as soon as they get more copies in.

boogie25
boogie25

@kennythomas26 So it looks like not only europe had sold game out. Honestly i was just kidding about everything had gone to US. In the local bockbuster they told me, they order new copies but publisher couldnt tell them when they will get them for sale.But since they will ship 2mio copies, as the news says, worldwide by the end of the week, it may show up soon again. Techland has even moved release of bloodbath arena dlc to later date since they want to fix the game first.

littlejordan23
littlejordan23

the game is great and alot of fun but still not sure if its worth buying because im renting it right know

chingchingbrown
chingchingbrown

proves that story doesn't really matter in some cases. As long as your having fun.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Looks like a great game. Sadly more games are coming out that are more important.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

I need to pick this up. Being unemployed became something in the past as of yesterday. This title will be in my console in the coming weeks.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I'm looking forward to picking this game up soon.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@boogie25 Hey man I know how you feel, I went to buy on day one and it was sold out at my local EB games and I live in Canada and the store near me usually has a good stalk but this time they didn't and I had no cash to go next door to the Wal-Mart where they were having a day one sale, and my point is now SOL until the end of the year or something.

miendude
miendude

my only gripe with this game is that it's wildly imbalanced; you're basically the only hope for all these survivors, not to mention their personal lapdog, yet they charge ridiculous amount of money for the weapons, and maintaining it and upgrading it cost even more. I liked this game up until act 2 and I was like wtf.... thank god for trainers:)

Alvaro_20
Alvaro_20

luckily i pre-ordered this as it was selling out pretty fast :)

toddx77
toddx77

I haven't played the game yet, but this is great news. Once I'm done with the witcher 2 I'll be moving on to this game.

smoman5000
smoman5000

Good news, Its a very promising first title so I imagine dead island 2 will be just amazing.

OgreB
OgreB

I shouldn't like this game...but I do. Sure it can be " Fed Ex" for the most part , however there is just something about beating the stuffing out of zombies on a beautiful island paradise. And it's one the first zombie FPSs I have ever played where I don't shoot them...I get bash their brain pans to goo..or dismember them piece by piece. In games like L4D..melee was not really a viable option , but here it's portrayed more realistically. ( Except for the whole upgrade part ..lol ) I have guns but rarely use them. People are holed up more realistically, fighting zombies and each other. I shouldn't like it ( Hated Borderlands and the like..more of a STALKER type FPS fan myself )...but again ...there is just something about this game. Like L4D meets Tropico or something...

Metalshin0bi
Metalshin0bi

It's great to see the unknown devs and not so rich publishers make such a great game. Because of this solid game, attention to their customers (patching soon rather then later is always welcome), I wonder how Dead Island 2 will be? Hopefully much much better on an already promising title.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

Congrats on a shooting game with zombies selling!!!!

holtrocks
holtrocks

60 million bucks already always nice to see a newer dev get alot of money like that means new ideas and games

boogie25
boogie25

ship 1 million copies to USA. Now i know why we cant get it in shops here in danmark where i live, everything goes to States :-P every store i visited, there is few weeks wait time and they not sure if months. I cant buy it anywhere and without creditcard i cant buy it outside my country :-(

cipo89
cipo89

Its great, only infected they are damn annoying when they're in groups. Game needs a bit more balancing

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

I hear a lot of people like it. I will have to check it out soon. Gameplay looks fun. I passed on it based on the pre-launch footage I saw where it looked really bland. But I have seen otherwise since launch.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

@KaBo0m "This is bad. It just shows smaller studios t hat to succeed they can't be creative. They just have to make a shooter zombie game" lol kiding right? find me some game thats like dead island...

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

GOOD this is one game that deserves it.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

so why did GS give this game a 7.0 again? oh that's right, because of annoying characters.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

That's good love to see the smaller studios succeed. And this is so much fun to play in co-op.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I wish I would have skipped Dungeon Siege III and Brink and waited on this......I could have saved some money..... I own the game and it's a blast, it's one of the better games of 2011, so is New Vegas provided you have the updates.

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

At first i was like meh, another shooter. But then people started comparing it to borderland and fallout, now i have to own it. Promise not to pirate, even though the temptation is great.

Wolf-5
Wolf-5

Kudos to them!! The game is extremely fun... especially in co-op!! They took a long time developing and did very well. Congrats Techland!!

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

This is the first new game I have picked up since RDR. I love it, really want to play online with people, it's a blast!. But currently the auto-save mechanic is broken! U have to play offline and in Single player mode to ensure you never lose a save. It's such a great game idea, but they really need to fix this issue. Losing a save is one thing, but this game is one you want to continue and it get tiresome to constantly play in one little area because you lose your progress and have to do it all again so soon. Hope they use the cash from there great sales to fix this issue. Love it otherwise.

luc11044
luc11044

Playing it alone, it's great.... playing in co-op, even better!

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

This is bad. It just shows smaller studios t hat to succeed they can't be creative. They just have to make a shooter zombie game