It’s kind of strange for a game company to announce a big title just weeks after the Electronic Entertainment Expo ends, but that’s what developer Deep Silver did on Tuesday. The company has released a trailer for a new game in the Dead Island series called Escape Dead Island. The game is coming this fall to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, but you should know that it’s not much like the original Dead Island at all. In fact, based on what we’ve heard, it looks downright insane — literally.
The original Dead Island was a hectic horror game in which you found yourself vacationing on a tropical island when the zombie apocalypse strikes. Mission by mission, you had to move throughout the island, assembling weapons, raising your stats, helping survivors, and shoving through crowds of zombies to achieve your goals. At E3 this year, the company announced a true sequel, called Dead Island 2, which will come out in 2015 and play similarly to the original game.
So what, then, is Escape Dead Island? First off, the game will act as a bridge between the original Dead Island and Dead Island 2. It’s a “survival-mystery” game that focuses a lot more on stealth than on combat. Along the way, writes Deep Silver senior narrative producer Alex Toplansky on the PlayStation blog, the game “will finally reveal the origins of the virus, and even some tantalizing clues as to where the events are going to lead…but it’s going to be up to you to decide what to believe. That’s because this story-driven single player game is played through the eyes of Cliff Calo, who’s watching his world unravel.”