Dead Island is an upcoming open world horror action adventure video game in development by Techland for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Released September 6, 2011 in the US and September 9, 2011 Worldwide, It is centered on the challenge of survival on a zombie-infested island with a major emphasis on melee combat.
A holiday paradise gone mad. A tropical island turns into total chaos after a mysterious zombie outbreak. Dead Island combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customization of a vast array of weapons.
There is an experience system and a skill tree system. There is also a stamina bar, meaning that after a set amount of action with a weapon, the character will need to stop to regain their stamina before continuing to attack. It has also been confirmed that there are "special class" zombies, which are more powerful than the standard zombie. Players will need to use flashlights in dark areas, adding suspense to the game. Night time and changing seasons have been confirmed to not take place during the game, although a weather system is in effect. Because of the ESRB rating system, there will be no children zombies in the game.
Dead Island will feature open world gameplay, played from a first person perspective, with up to four-player co-operative play (online only) in a sandbox environment, including a heavily interactive environment. The focus will be on melee combat, incorporating customizable weaponry, vehicular customization/combat, and RPG elements.