Nearly ten years have passed since the initial announcement of Dead Island 2. And it has faced numerous setbacks and postponements in the intervening period. The good news is that the highly-awaited sequel appeared at Gamescom 2022, indicating the end of the long wait is near. Here’s everything we know about Dead Island 2 early access, release date, and the new gold edition!


Dead Island 2 is a thrilling First-Person Action RPG with a unique formula of horror, dark humor, and over-the-top zombie slaying. Are you ready to explore an iconic Los Angeles submerged in a deluge of zombie contagion and gore?

Dead Island 2 Early Access and Release date

The Dead Island 2 release date is set for April 21, 2023. The game will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series gaming systems. This new date was announced via their official Twitter page. And there has been no news about Dead Island 2’s early access.

  • The game’s release date has undergone numerous changes in the past ten years. But the current delay is relatively minor in comparison to the previous target date of April 28, 2023.
  • Dead Island 2’s release was pushed back to April 21 due to a delay in late 2022, which is still later than the original schedule.
Dead Island 2 Early Access and gold edition
Image Courtesy of Dead Island Official Twitter

The game’s initial release date of February 3, 2023, as revealed during Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022, was postponed by a few months.

What to expect from Dead Island 2?

Embark on a gore-filled journey along the West Coast, exploring iconic locations in the City of Angels and venturing into San Francisco. Although the storyline is currently unknown, one aspect is certain. Similar to the original game, your protagonist will be bitten by a zombie early in the game.

Luckily, you appear to be immune to the virus and can utilize it through the RAGE mechanic to deliver powerful blows.

Will Dead Island 2 have a multiplayer option?

  • Yes, Dead Island 2 will have multiplayer.
  • It’s uncertain if cross-platform support is included. But a maximum of three players can join forces on their adventure through LA.

What new in-game features are there in Dead Island 2?

Dead Island 2 Early Access and gold edition
Image Courtesy of Dead Island Official Twitter

Dead Island 2 introduces a new skill card system, setting it apart from its predecessor. While exploring, you can acquire cards that grant new abilities and skills that can be equipped.

Cards can offer various benefits, such as a dodge ability or additional health upon lighting a zombie on fire. There will also be the RAGE mechanic. This grants players temporary enhanced abilities due to their exposure to the virus, amplifying their power.

Where to get Dead Island 2 Gold Edition?

Dead Island 2 Early Access and gold edition
Image Courtesy of Epic Games

The digital-only gold edition comes with the game, plus the following:

  1. Expansion Pass
  2. Memories of Banoi Pack
  3. Pulp Weapons Pack
  4. Golden Weapons Pack
  5. Character Pack 1 & 2


Dead Island 2 preserves the imaginative and unconventional methods of dispatching zombies that contributed to the original game’s success. While leaning away from the dark, brooding vibes of its predecessor.

That wraps up everything we currently know about Dead Island 2 early access, release date, and the gold edition. Are you excited about the new release date? Do let us know in the comments down below!

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