Dead Island Special Edition unveiled

GameStop-exclusive SKU for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC includes "Bloodbath Arena DLC"; content on sale for all later.

The lurching undead creatures known as zombies are often deemed less than desirable. However, publisher Deep Silver is hoping to attract the masses to its upcoming zombie survival game Dead Island with a special edition of the game.
The Dead Island Special Edition is a bloodbath.

Announced today, the Dead Island Special Edition will be exclusive to specialty retailer GameStop and will contain the Bloodbath Arena downloadable content, which Deep Silver values at $10. As for the content, the Bloodbath Arena pack is composed of both single-player and multiplayer challenges in four distinct areas.

Waves of zombies--each billed as more difficult than the last--will assault players in the Bloodbath Arena content, with players tasked with killing them off and staying alive. Additionally, gamers can display and track their progress via the Bloodbath Arena's leaderboards. And to help gamers in their deathly pursuits, the content will include an exclusive weapon: the "brain wave bomb."

The Bloodbath Arena DLC will go on sale for those who did not purchase the special edition at a later date, said to be "shortly" after launch.

On top of the above-mentioned items, the special edition will include exclusive cover art and a blueprint for an in-game weapon called The Ripper, which is a baseball bat combined with a buzz saw.

The Dead Island Special Edition will be available at no extra charge to "early" preorder customers at GameStop for a limited time and while supplies last. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview of Dead Island.

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decepticondevil
decepticondevil

@Gravity_Slave Yes, it is an extra charge to those that purchase it later (this is how DLC works)... but the Limited Edition didn't cost anything extra. This article here is describing a free add-on which really is completely free for those of us that preordered, that's why I didn't understand your response that they're "finding a way to charge you extra" in an article about something being given away for free. Now, if they'd just release this free add-on...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@decepticondevil: "The Bloodbath Arena DLC will go on SALE for those who did not purchase the special edition at a later date, said to be "shortly" after launch." Because they're going to charge people after the fact when they are including it for "free" in the limited addition anyway. And how much more are they charging for the "Special/Limited Edition"? Usually $10 more. Either way, we're all paying extra. *cha-Ching!*

decepticondevil
decepticondevil

@Gravity_Slave How are they finding a way to charge you extra here? "The Dead Island Special Edition will be available at no extra charge to "early" preorder customers at GameStop for a limited time and while supplies last." Am I missing something?

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

lol they always find a way to charge you extra. And I thought they were trying to get away from the "waves/hordes of zombies" stigma???

Sergeant_
Sergeant_

@OrignalGamer Once again, I don't believe you understand what a "troll" is. Your points are vague as well. Firstly, Dead Rising isn't as big of a "sand box" game as you declare it to be, you're restricted into the walls of a Casino. Dead Island is a...island...please tell me which is bigger. Secondly, driving in a Casino can be fun but once again, restricted by the zones of the Casino..I'd rather have a large...Island...to drive around on, and plus trucks and cars are far superior then dinking around on some dirt bike. Thirdly, I'm not talking about bosses that change the gameplay..what is that every other level or so that you face a boss zombie with extreme amounts of health or their speed is dramatically increased..I'm talking about regular zombies that you encounter on a consistent basis with random perks, whether it be increased health or speed, that in return makes the game play variable at any time. I think you need to further understand internet lingo before you hop on here and start accusing people of being trolls. I was just stating that people can't see the difference between games even when there are significant differences. Is Halo exactly like Mass Effect because they're both set in the future and you're essentially playing as some type of super soldier?..sure they're part of a specifically set "genre" to help categorize the type of game but the physical games are different. Just because there are zombies in a game doesn't mean it is Left 4 Dead.

OrignalGamer
OrignalGamer

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Alucard_rules
Alucard_rules

To everyone *****ing about this special edition costing $10 more, it doesn't. That's right, it does not cost you any extra money to get this special edition from Gamestop. If you pre-order the game there in time you automatically get this version, NO EXTRA CHARGE! Did you get that? No extra charge for those who pre-order this game at Gamestop to get this bonus stuff.

Sergeant_
Sergeant_

@OrignalGamer Oh dear, if you're calling me a troll I don't believe the internet is the best place for you. You might get yourself hurt.

OrignalGamer
OrignalGamer

@Sergeant_ You are wrong on several points. You say Dead Rising doesnt have an open world, but it does. It does not say you must go here and nowhere else. Also, you say that you can't drive in vehicles in Dead Rising, which is also wrong since you can once you get the keys for a bike or car. Thirdly you say Dead Rising has no variety in zombies. Although this is semi true, the bosses make up for this sort of. You have alot of variety in bosses and between zombies there are slight differences (in speed and health too name just two). So before you start trolling a post, get your brain back from the zombies who ate it please.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

This sounds like a mode that should already be in the game...

Jamo12
Jamo12

But I still need to work on my spelling it seems...

Jamo12
Jamo12

Looks amazing, haven't been this exited about a release in a while!

miendude
miendude

game looks awesome, can't wait. I think they have a winner here

Llama345
Llama345

going to get this i think. its always a good time to kill things.

cobrar
cobrar

@ Sensesfail99: That WAS a girl's thumb; they were playing as Xian Mei.

sensesfail99
sensesfail99

i hope they fix his thumb when he holds the paper. it looks like a little girls thumb. wtf

claymore8
claymore8

I had no idea Rachel Maddow was also a game designer. Hopefully the code is better than the shtick

rigzzsy
rigzzsy

@sergeant_, well done both dead rising games were awful and this looks excellent

rigzzsy
rigzzsy

US gets all the deals =[

Red122
Red122

Just hope its not a huge let down

DKnutz187
DKnutz187

the game looks and sounds good i just hope they have strong servers so theres no lag when playing online

lipehique
lipehique

Dead Rising and Dead Island sure have lots of differences, but the crafting system that allows you to create insane and unsual weapons is exactly the same.

kennyyoung6395
kennyyoung6395

Left 4 Dead + Dead Rising + Very Realistic Graphics = Dead Island Hopefully, their execution in making this game is good.

blasterchief
blasterchief

I am really getting sick of this god damn wave-format multiplayer. It's actually just the most boring thing ever.

Lucasrolender
Lucasrolender

for those wondering about the gameplay- watch?v=UDzFzNg0bxk This is a link to a 12 minute demo (not spam)

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Kill zombies? Pre-order.... yeses

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

@darkbuky In the video above, there is a gun being used. It doesn't look too overpowered, but regardless, it's still a FPS. The emphasis is obviously on melee, but same with Condemned and it's most definitely a FPS.

Not that you're arguing and saying it isn't one, just reiterating my previous point that's related to this conversation.

berto64
berto64

gettin this game day 1 of release :D.

dstv
dstv

...Textbook example of greedy game devs half-assing their games ...put the DLC in the game ...i will not shell out cash to unlock something on a disc i already paid $69.99 for

Adenosine
Adenosine

Blood Bath mode doesn't sound too good. It's just your typical "Kill wave after wave" game mode. This kind of game mode is so basic that it should've been included in the normal game already. It's nothing special. I think that DLCs aren't really needed right away whenever a game gets released. When I think of DLCs, I expect new great ideas that the game developers think of but just weren't able to get into the game due to budget or time constraints. DLCs nowadays are just simple things that are taken away from the normal game and just being sold separately for an extra $10 or so. Just imagine if games wouldn't show you the real ending unless you buy it as a DLC. Oh wait, I think some games do that already...

Sergeant_
Sergeant_

@OrignalGamer Are you saying this looks like Dead Rising because its got weapons and zombies in it? I think Medal of Honor looks like Half Life because they both have weapons that kill enemies...see everyone can be vague and still be right but heres a clue, lets open our eyes to what this game has and what Dead Rising doesn't. -Open World -Vehicles you can drive -Darker atmosphere -a variety of zombies(fast to slow to tanks) -Damage over time(If you don't kill the zombie or zombies that you've encountered and just temporarily maimed them then they'll come back later on with a the same damage mark you've injuried them with (along with zombie aging, after awhile the zombies flesh starts to age and slip off their faces giving them a more realistic vibe) - 4 player co-op with a 30+ hour campaign -fatigue (so you can't just go balls-to-the-walls and be an unstoppable killing machine, you must plan your attacks......should I go on? or should I be lazy and just pull a random zombie game out of a hat and say this game looks like it..hmm lets see..ah yes..this game looks a lot like "Zombies Ate My Neighbors."

darkbuky
darkbuky

@RadicalToenail They said in the interview that the game was focused on melee but they will add gun wich will be very OP.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

@Mrlkbob If it were solely focused on melee, it wouldn't have guns. They've said multiple times that guns will be in the game, just not as plentiful as other games. Makes sense considering you probably wouldn't find an armory on a resort island (until you find the secret lab that all this crap started in, if they do it like that).

So, yes, it is a FPS.

OrignalGamer
OrignalGamer

I wonder why this games sounds so much like dead rising on an island :/ Just hope they did a better job with it (in terms of balance).

darkanimne
darkanimne

@Mrlkbob FPM it looks like interesting. is it a gener for real or is it just your invention lol ? i think is something like the condemned but much better

Mrlkbob
Mrlkbob

@elbert_b_23 it's not an fps,it's solely focused on melee combat in the first person, you may call it an fpm (first person melee)

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

Why is there so much hating on zombies? Zombies were people too

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

The goriest, most photo-realistic zombie killing game ever :D

A7Lover55
A7Lover55

Will be the most cool and great bloody killing and zombie killing game ever speacially online playing

wyan_
wyan_

None of the special edition stuff for this game gives me the hardz, but that's fine. It seems like Dead Island will be interesting enough as it is.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

I'm gonna buy it for sure. Why not reserve it and get some extra stuff? ;)

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

The first video of this game that I saw had to be one of the best introductory game videos! I am very excited about this title!! As far as the special edition, well I may opt out of that. 3 kids, mortgage,inflation, etc.., sorry I have to stick with the ordinary game releases.

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

i really wish it wasn't only fps they are so used this gen but this game does looks different

ruhunrocks
ruhunrocks

didnt expect that kind of gameplay :O