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.
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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