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Dead Island 2 Appears On Game Pass Without Warning

If you’ve never played Dead Island 2, the 2023 open-world zombie game that spent nearly a decade shuffling between development studios, then now’s a pretty good time to do so. With no fanfare, Microsoft surprise-dropped the game on February 22 on its subscription service Xbox Game Pass. Now, there’s really no excuse for you to not play it.

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On February 20, Microsoft announced the final set of games landing on Xbox Game Pass by the end of the month. The announcement included have the shark-centered RPG Maneater, the Metroidvania Indivisible, the JRPG Tales of Arise, and a few more, all joining the likes of the action-platformer Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and the horror adventure game Resident Evil 4. It did not mention Dead Island 2. Then, just a couple of days later, Xbox game Pass added Dead Island 2 to its library, without even announcing it on its social media accounts. (The Dead Island X/Twitter account did, though).

Released on April 21, 2023, Dead Island 2 is the sequel to the 2011 open-world zombie-killing game Dead Island. The game picks up 14 years after the events of its predecessor, with the U.S. military quarantining Los Angeles because of zombie cooties. You play as one of six characters who, by working with some folks and killing some others, must find a way to end the plague that’s decimating the City of Angels. It’s fine. I had a good time with it, though I prefer the other open-world zombie game, Dying Light 2, a bit more. But Dead Island 2 is still a gory good time, especially considering its incredible brain-splattering physics. We said as much in Kotaku’s review of the zombie game

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