Dead Island 2: Plot, Storyline & Gameplay

Take a look at what to expect in the story and plot of Dead Island 2!

Dead Island 2 is set to be released on April 21, 2023, and the plot of the game is set in Open World San Francisco and Los Angeles. It has many similar features to its predecessor in gameplay and Crafting System. However, we do see a significant change in combat mechanics. Dead Island 2 is set about ten years after the events witnessed in Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide; therefore, we will get to explore a vibrant world full of different elements in the game.

Key Takeaways
  • Dead Island 2 is set 10 years after the events of Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide. 
  • The setting of the game is in Los Angeles and California, where players will be able to access locations like Beverly Hills, the Santa Monica Pier, Monarch Studios, and Venice Beach. 
  • Dead Island 2 is set on a similar plot as Dead Island, where the players are immune to the plague that broke out in Los Angeles and have to make their way through a zombie outbreak to survive. 
  • For now, the only details revealed are that Los Angeles is under a heavy lockdown and the resources are scarce. 
  • Players will have to fight hordes of zombies and pair up with other survivors to survive until the very end and solve the mystery behind it all. 
  • A notable detail of Dead Island 2 is the Flesh system it has introduced. 
  • Players can also make use of skill cards that will allow them to equip several abilities at once. 
  • There are a lot of weapons like bear claws, guns, and even katanas that make the combat of Dead Island 2 very interesting. 

Plot Of Dead Island 2 

The plot of Dead Island 2 is set 10 years after the event that is covered in Dead Island. In Dead Island, we saw that after a high-profile party, the survivors were informed that most of the population had been affected by the plague that had turned them into zombies or flesh-eating monsters.

Dead Island 2 Plot, Storyline Gameplay
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As the events uncover, the survivors are required to find and use different supplies to make contact with other survivors outside. The resort in which they are located does not have many supplies for them to last long. 

For now, we don’t know much about the story of Dead Island 2 except for the fact that Los Angeles and California are under full quarantine, and the zombies this time are much stronger as compared to the ones we faced in Dead Island. 


Before we go on and take a look at The plot of Dead Island 2, below are some main events that happened on Dead Island. 

  • We had four survivors and four playable characters in Dead Island. 
  • They were informed by a mysterious voice that the majority of the population has been infected by a plague and had become zombies. 
  • Apparently, these survivors were immune to the infection, and their first task was to locate the source of that voice. 
  • After a lot of struggle, they managed to break out of the resort and fight many enemies in their way. 
  • The survivors soon make contact with the voice and come to know that it is Colonel Ryder White. 
  • He states that he can create a  cure using the immunity of the survivors to end the plague. 
  • After that, the players go to the prison to find Ryder White. 
  • However, they soon come to know that he has different intentions and is preparing to flee with the cure. 
  • In an attempt to save his wife, he tries to flee but is soon infected himself. 
  • He then kills his wife and injects the cure, only to find out that it is actually an enhanced version of the plague that transforms him into a special infected zombie. 
  • However, after that, the survivors managed to escape safely using the Ryder White helicopter


The main setting of Dead Island 2 is Los Angeles. You come to know that the whole city has been infected, from Venice Beach to Beverly Hills, and the virus just keeps on spreading.

Dead Island 2 Plot, Storyline
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  • The military has retreated, and the whole city has been put down under a full quarantine as the situation becomes much worse. 
  • When you first start in Dead Island 2, you come to know that you are bitten, and for now, you seem resistant to the pathogen. 
  • For now, the story has not been revealed entirely, except for the fact that you have to make your way through the zombie outbreak and keep moving forward to uncover the truth behind it all. 


Looking at the trailers, we can safely say that the combat system that Dead Island 2 has to offer is way more complex than Dead Island.

Dead Island 2 Plot
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Following are some gameplay features to look out for in Dead Island 2. 

  • In the combat system, the players will be able to make use of well-timed dodging to help them protect themselves against incoming attacks. 
  • The counterattacks are also much more effective, and there are skill cards introduced that add much more depth to the gameplay. 
  • The skill cards that you collect will be added immediately to your deck, with each skill card indicating a different ability to use in the game. 
  • These skill cards will allow you to customize your abilities and change them the way you want them in your deck. 
  • Furthermore, you will be able to exchange these skill cards and get a new set of abilities anytime you want in the game. 
  • Your dodges will also be able to stun enemies to help you get away stealthily. 
  • Dead Island Two also uses a new gore system called FLESH which makes Dead Island 2 way more better than its predecessor. 
  • You will be able to enjoy unique kills with every enemy depending upon the muscle, bone, or organ you hit and the weapons you use. 
  • The target will be dismembered in different ways depending on the weapon you choose and the area of the body you hit. 
  • The flesh system definitely makes some of the most detailed skills seen in any game. 
  • In addition to that, the players will be able to explore the open world solo or in co-op mode as the story progresses. 
  • They will also be able to make use of a wide range of weapons, each performing a different function in the game. 

Dead Island 2 Setting 

The main setting of Dead Island, though, is in Los Angeles, also called Hell-A. 

  • The players will be able to explore the world to get in one-on-one fights with zombies and flesh-eaters. 
  • They will also be able to find heavy weapons lying around, including guns and sledgehammers. 
  • These can be very helpful in crowd control and facing hordes of enemies. 
  • Guns can be used against enemies like suicide, which will help you kill them without coming in direct contact with them. 
  • While exploring, many players prefer to look out for ranged weapons as they can help them out a lot in different ways, like igniting certain items or triggering traps whenever an enemy is nearby.
    Skill Cards
    Skill Cards (Image Credits: eXputer)
  • Just like in Dead Island, the resources in Dead Island 2 are also very scarce, so make sure not to waste them. 
  • In the setting of Dead Island 2 the players will also come across different items like car batteries that can be used as a sort of bomb or to create traps for enemies. 
  • Furthermore, the players will also be able to collect items in different areas of Los Angeles to craft useful items. 
  • One of these items is called a curveball which can distract zombies away from the player’s location. 
  • There is also a fury mode introduced, which will temporarily allow the players to become a zombie themselves. 

Summing It Up 

With this, we conclude our detailed guide on the plot of Dead Island 2, along with other important features to look out for.

The most important detail in the plot of dead island 2 is that it will be set in open-world Los Angeles, where the players will be able to excess different locations, including Beverly Hills Venice Beach, monarch studios, and the Santa Monica Pier.

You will also get to choose between different heroes, including Jacob, Amy, Ryan, Carla, and many more. The players will be able to make use of different weapons like Katana, metal pipe, and even bear claws to fight zombies and survive in Dead Island 2. You can also check out our guide on the one-piece Odyssey plot. 

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Kashaf Ul Khair

Kashaf has a knack for CRPGs, and she is always on the hunt for creating content after exploring dungeons, defeating waves of enemies of crushing down bosses with flawless strategies. When not writing at eXputer, Kashaf can be seen playing King Arthur: Knight's Tale.

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