All eyes have been on Dead Island 2 in the past week, given the game’s been burdened with the pressure of a near-10-year gap between announcement and release, changing hands no less than twice in that time before finally being taken from fresh start to completion by Deep Silver’s Dambuster Studios and launching last week on April 21st.
While reviews have run the gamut from “above average” to “bloody excellent” from critics, it seems the game has absolutely been a hit with players as Deep Silver Dambuster has announced that it’s already sold over a million copies in its first three days alone. It’s a pretty big achievement for a game that threatened to fall out of the conversation with its hugely protracted development period, and hopefully a sweet victory for the studio.
Some other interesting stats were also released alongside the sales announcement, including some detailed reporting on zombie death and dismemberment – arguably the cornerstone activities in the game:
11 million total hours played
28 million total number of player deaths (over twice the population of Los Angeles)
45 million zombies sliced in half
756 million zombie limbs hacked off
1.1 billion total number of zombies slayed
Over one million Slayers have now touched down in HELL-A since @deadislandgame's launch last Friday.
We can't quite put into words how happy this makes us.
Don’t forget! We’ve teamed up with PLAION ANZ and Allied Gaming to give away a very special, limited prize pack consisting of a custom Dead Island 2 Allied Patriot gaming PC valued at a whopping $3149 as well as a Dead Island 2 HELL-A Edition for PC valued at $139.
You can enter the giveaway right here, with entries closing on May 7th, 2023.
In our own review, we said, “Despite its shortcomings, I still had fun with Dead Island 2. It should grow old quickly on paper, but even playing by myself, I never tired of destroying countless hordes of zombies in exciting and varied ways. It’s by no means a perfect sequel, but it does a great job of channelling the spirit of the original, regardless.”