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Dead Island

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: Techland
Release Date: Sept. 6, 2011 (US), Sept. 9, 2011 (EU)

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'Dead Island' (ALL) Steam Launch Botched, Save Game Issue Workaround, Patch Details

by Rainier on Sept. 6, 2011 @ 4:18 p.m. PDT

Dead Island is a first-person shooter that combines elements of the survival-horror genre and adventure games. The game tells the story of a couple being tossed ashore onto the sandy beaches of a desolate, zombie-infested island.

When Dead Island pre-loaded and launched earlier today on Steam, a nasty glitch was discovered. The game being provided was not the correct version; instead, it was a developer's build that was not completely functional. However, Deep Silver informed us that the correct version of the title is now available on Steam, and fans can now download it.

Techland has also issued a day 1 patch (details below) but wanted to notify fans that due to the botched launch on Steam, this update may cause incompatibilities between the incorrect version of Dead Island that was released and the fixed version and cause a wipe of saved games.  However, here's a solution to help regain some quest progress:  

When the game opens, select New Game -> Select the same character as you were using before, and then there will be an  option for "Chapter Select" which will allow the player to jump to the last chapter they were playing in.

Deep Silver plans to announce a “make up” to fans who were affected by the day 1 PC issues, stay tuned in coming days for those details as internal discussions are ongoing on their end.

The Bloodbath DLC is still on schedule as planned – fans who preordered the title will still receive the Bloodbath DLC when it launches (date TBA shortly!) as stated previously.  

Deep Silver is also aware of The Ripper activation bug, which will not load as a result of the version update, and this will be fixed in the next game update, coming soon.
Dead Island Patch Notes

Multiplayer and Matchmaking improvements
·        Maps are now correctly synchronized when player joins during map loading
·        Games now filter correctly in lobby
·        After joining a coop game enemies now spawn correctly

User guidance improved. (Quest guidance, UI, shop)
Additional Interface polishing
·        Map tracking now works correctly after loading checkpoints
·        Health and stamina bars of enemies now display correctly in coop.
·        Locations of invisible NPCs are no longer shown
·        More than one player can now use the same ladder simultaneously
·        Focus on items in shops is not changing after operation (sell, buy)
·        Additional Interface polishing
·        Fixed displaying gather rings near some door

Player death behavior improved
·        Respawn position now saved when playing in cooperative mode
·        If player dies whilst inside vehicle, menu will now be hidden

Save game mechanics extended
·        Added distinction between quest checkpoints and other saves

Minor animation fixes
·        AI animation now displays correctly after fast travel or travel through portals

AI improvements
·        Improved enemy awareness (zombies)
·        Enemies reaction to fire adapted
·        Enemies are now able to successfully reach player on some arenas
·        Shooting enemies no longer spawn infinitely

Balancing changes in difficulty
·        Item level will be calculated correctly when playing in second playthrough
·        Kick interrupting reload now adapted; after clip is inserted reload is treated as successful
·        Health regeneration is now disabled during grab.
·        More HP for all escorted NPCs
·        Removed all instances of Butcher during escorts
·        Purna can gain bonus rage from both “Grim Inspiration” and “Inspiring Kick”
·        Only "Walker" type enemies increase the extra XP of the "Combo" skill from Xian’s Survival skill tree

Pause Option added
·        Added information about players requesting pause (Co-op)

Looting rules improved
·        Thrown items now cannot be picked up by another player for 5 minutes.
·        Items from just-opened containers cannot be picked up by another player for 5 seconds.

Minor graphical glitches fixed.
·        Rectified occasional graphical glitch with NPC's hands bending awkwardly
·        Animations now display correctly when trading
·        Stomper animation now displays correctly when same target is hit by another player

Sound bugs fixed
·        Volume of pickup's engine has been increased

Quest bugs removed
·        All side quests in Laboratory can now be successfully completed
·        Potential walkthrough blocker removed when quest "Knockin' on Heaven’s Door" is completed before talking to Dominik during "On the air" quest

Dead Island combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customisation of a vast array of weapons. All of these gameplay features are presented in a dark story inspired by classic zombie movies with a gritty and engrossing campaign that can be played with up to four players in co-op mode.

Set in an open world tropical island, hordes of different festering zombies await players around every corner while they embark on a variety of thrilling missions through the holiday resort. With firearms and ammunition being scarce the player must rely on utilising found items as weapons for self-defense and fight off zombie hordes in intense melee combat. A diverse range of items can be collected and will later serve to transform the player’s ordinary makeshift weapons into serious instruments of destruction.

In addition to satisfying even the most bloodthirsty action fan’s fantasy, Dead Island also features role-playing elements which allow the player to develop one of the game’s unique character classes according to their preferences, all the while learning new skills and fresh tactics during their journey through the perilous environments of the island. What’s more, anytime during a game up to four players can seamlessly join together and experience the intense combat and immersive story with cooperative gameplay.

Features :

  • Ultra-realistic combat
    • Intense and amazingly realistic hand-to-hand combat based on dynamic character moves and camera angles
    • Realistic physical reactions of opponents to hits
    • Exceptionally faithful and detailed damage model, showing damaged skin, muscles and even bones
    • Innovative system of targeting and hitting the opponents gives you precise control and a realistic combat feel
  • Advanced Artificial Life System
    • AL system allows you to take advantage of instinctive behaviors of groups and individual opponents
    • Living, breathing and dynamically changing ecosystem faced with the destructive influence of a spreading epidemic
    • Realistic and spontaneous NPC behavior
    • Through your actions, actively influence NPC reactions
  • Non-linear gameplay
    • Explore a vast, open world of a tropical island, on foot or in vehicles
    • Freedom of choosing your allies and completing tasks that bring you closer to the finale
    • Player decisions influence the way in which the game progresses, making it a multi-threaded story
  • Fully Interactive Environments
    • The ability to use all elements of the environment as weapons
    • A liquid, gas and electricity physics simulation system, which allows you to create your own unique ways of eliminating enemies

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