I don’t particularly feel that Dead Island and its sequel really need a definitive edition – because Techland made the definitive edition of its zombie basher when they moved on to Dying Light. That was with another publisher though, and Dead Island publisher Deep Silver wants to wring its own zombie franchise for all its worth.
Coming at the end of this month, you’ll be able to get the Dead Island Definitive Collection, which includes Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide and the more intriguing Dead Island: Retro Revenge.
Here’s a look at the latest trailer for the collection, which gives you some cold, Dead (and silly, needlessly glib) facts.
And in case you missed it, here’s what the definitive edition brings:
Higher Quality Textures
Game textures have been redone in a higher resolution and the level of quality has been improved across the board
Photorealistic new lighting system
The lighting system in the game has been vastly improved, providing a much more realistic look to the beautiful sunny tropical setting
Physically based shading
The introduction of new physically based shading techniques due to the latest iteration of the Chrome Engine means a higher quality look to the game models and objects as they react in a more realistic way to various lighting conditions
Image quality enhancements via anti-aliasing
The addition of more sophisticated anti-aliasing means that console players can now experience Dead Island without unsightly “Jaggies,” meaning a much cleaner look throughout
Improved-quality game models and geometry assets
All major geometry assets (for example: NPCs and character models) highlight a marked quality increase
HBAO and motion blur effects
The introduction of Horizon-based Ambient Occlusion adds an extra layer of depth and realism to the world. Through a better implementation of object shadows, while the all-new motion blur effects will provide a much more cinematic feel to the game experience
Updated game UI
Providing a more consistent look between both Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide. Increase to equal quality level for seamless game experience
The Current-gen Console Experience
The Dead Island Definitive Collection will also of course take advantage of the latest console features such as Online 4 Player Co-op, PS Vita Remote-Play (PS4), Share-Play (PS4), streaming and recording
Power Fists Power-up
And last but not least, the fan favorite unofficial PC mod will also now be added to both products. Punch your way through the mayhem with craziest power-up, ever
On a related note, the beleaguered Dead Island 2 is back on track, now in the capable hands of a new developer: Sumo Digital.
Last Updated: May 4, 2016