The Dead Island Trailer has premiered. Stuart Aitken‘s Dead Island zombie video game trailer was produced by Axis Animation. Dead Island – for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and the PC – was developed by Techland and is being published by Deep Silver. Dead Island‘s Announcement trailer plot synopsis: “a short story about a family visiting a tropical island retreat and…their destruction using footage that ran forward and back along the narrative timeline.” This is a great trailer period, even if its just for a video game. The piano playing and the somber, heart-breaking mood it casts are buttons most horror movie trailers rarely touch. Like most video game trailers, I doubt the game play will have anything to do with the trailer or if this can be stretched into a two hour zombie movie that doesn’t fall on its face. Others concur: “should ‘Dead Island’ make it to the big screen, we can’t see how it would differ beyond any other zombie movie, aside from a narrative gimmick that almost certainly won’t work as well in a two hour movie as it did in a two minute trailer.” Think about it. If Dead Island is made into a motion picture, it will be just another zombie, isolation flick with internet buzz that has died off years before the film actually hits the screen.
In case you are interested in the game itself:
Gameplay: Dead Island will feature open world gameplay, played from a first person perspective, with up to four-player co-operative play. The focus will be on melee combat, incorporating customizable weaponry and RPG elements. There is an experience system and a skill tree system.
Characters: The names of the four playable characters in Dead Island are Xian Mei (a staff member at the hotel), Logan (a surfer), Sam B (a former rapper) and Purna. All four are in the Hero category. The four characters are immune to the zombie infection.
Game plot: The game is set in the Royal Palms Resort, in fictional Banoi, located in Papua New Guinea. The character wakes up during the night after partying, to find there has been a zombie outbreak. The first mission serves as the tutorial. The character is trapped in a beach hut with other terrified survivors. One person begs the character to go outside and help a lone person fending off the horde. The character then picks up a lead pipe and walks outside.
Sounds like a cool game. Watch the Dead Island video game trailer below and leave your thoughts on it. Dead Island will be released sometime in 2011 on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and on Microsoft Windows. Will you be buying a copy?