Dead Island 2 shambles onto systems with exclusive content, beta [Update: trailer]

Sony announced today that Yager's Dead Island 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 with an exclusive character, level, and a pre-release 30-day beta. A release date is not yet known.

Update: Deep Silver's press release notes Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager is developing the new Dead Island - we've amended the post to reflect that. Also, the Unreal Engine 4 game is coming to Xbox One and PC as well and the release window is spring 2015.
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E3 Greetings!

Deep Silver is pleased to announce Dead Island 2. Full details are below. Stay tuned for a separate email with a link to download the assets (trailer, logo, box art).

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California Dreamin': Deep Silver Reveals Dead Island® 2 at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo

- Surf's Up! The outbreak has spread to the Golden State -

Larkspur, Calif. – June 9, 2014 - The zombie apocalypse has hit the iconic, sunny realms of California as Deep Silver announced Dead Island® 2 today. Building on the strengths of the multi-million best-selling hit Dead Island, Dead Island 2 delivers a shared survival, open-world zombie experience set in a clash of natural beauty and bloody horror and violence: paradise meets hell once again!

Developed by award-winning studio Yager, Dead Island 2 is scheduled for release in spring 2015 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC.

Several months after the events on Banoi, the United States military has put the Golden State under full quarantine. Now a restricted zone, California has become a bloody paradise for those who refuse to leave their homes and an action-packed playground for renegades who seek adventure, glory and a fresh start. Combining the classic Dead Island elements of immersive close combat, action and role-playing, Dead Island 2 features crazy, never-before-seen handcrafted weapons and over-the-top characters in taking players from the iconic Golden Gate to the celebrated beachfront boardwalk of southern California’s Venice Beach.

Developed in Unreal Engine 4, Dead Island 2 brings back its acclaimed, seamless multiplayer for up to eight players who cooperate, compete or simply coexist in a truly social, new-gen multiplayer experience. Dedicated classes offer a variety of gameplay: From the action-oriented berserker to the stealthy hunter, every character offers a different style of play. An in-depth skill system allows the player to handcraft their own heroes and weapons.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.