Dead Island fans are in for some particularly good news this afternoon. The zombie craze has not subsided. Deep Silver struck gold with the 2011 release of Dead Island, despite the game“s mixed critical reception. The company followed the game“s retail success with an announcement for a sequel. The next installment for the franchise, Dead Island: Riptide, will wash ashore on April 23 and feature a character import option, new zombies, new locales and a new class. The official release date nears, but Deep Silver has remained rather silent on the results of last year“s community survey, which helped determine the contents of Riptide“s limited edition.
After sifting through "tens of thousands" surveys, the results are tallied and the limited edition is officially detailed. The Rigor Mortis Edition features a few extra digital bonuses like downloadable content and a strategy map, but the meat of this $79.99 Collector“s Edition comes from its physical bonuses. This ”limited“ edition comes equipped with a miniature zombie arm that doubles as a magnetic bottle opener, replica bungalow key, a zombie hula-girl for a desk or car dashboard and suitcase to house all of these goodies. The official press release tags that last item as a replica suitcase, but its picture has all of the hallmarks of a tin lunchbox.
The company did not offer any rough estimate of how many will be made, but noted this edition is quite limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. The physical and digital goods combined with the moderate price tag should have collectors erring on the side of caution, making an early pre-order to avoid missing an undisclosed cut-off.
Will you be picking up Dead Island: Riptide? If so, which version?