After years of delays and doubts about whether the sequel would ever be released, Dead Island 2 was finally made available yesterday on PC and both Xbox and PlayStation generations of platforms.
Nevertheless, Dead Island 2 players on PS4 and Xbox One will have to wait even longer to use a feature included in other game versions. To be more precise, players on PS4 and Xbox One cannot currently host co-op sessions.
Although the creator, Dambuster Studios, acknowledged that a fix is being developed, it has not yet specified an implementation date. Due to the game’s graphic requirements, the host must play on a console from the newest generation (PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X|S) or a generation 8+ (PlayStation 4 Pro/Xbox One X).
At launch, base Generation 8 consoles (PlayStation 4/Xbox One|S) won’t be able to host the game, but they will be able to join it. However, “We’re working on giving the option to host on all consoles in the future,” says the developer. PC users can host and participate in co-op sessions.
Dambuster Studios is vague about what these “graphic requirements” actually are. We will update the report if it offers any additional information about the issue or provides an update on when it will be rectified.
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The platforms for Dead Island 2 are PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X. Dead Island 2 is $69.99 instead of $59.99, as are many recent AAA titles. As you may already be aware, many games began to have their prices changed around the beginning of the current console generation.
The first line of our official review of Dead Island 2 is, “Dead Island 2 is far from a perfect game, but given everything it took to get here, it’s damn close to a miracle that it turned out as good as it did.”
“It’s pretty difficult to make a zombie game that feels like it has something new to offer after all of these years, but Dead Island 2 largely manages to succeed. After a zombie virus tears Los Angeles apart, a bunch of otherwise ordinary citizens are left stranded and forced to find their own way out of the blood-soaked streets of sunny California. You play as one of six different selectable characters (though this doesn’t seem to directly impact the story) and seemingly immune to the virus, making you a potential candidate for a vaccine. It’s up to you to figure out how to get out of this apocalyptic hellhole and also possibly stop this infection from destroying all of humanity.”