Dead Island 2, the long-awaited direct sequel to Dead Island, sounds like it’s going to be a cross-generation game. For those of you who may not understand what cross-generation means, it’s the term used when a game launches for both current generation consoles, so the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for this generation, and next-generation consoles as well, which would be the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for us.
This news comes from a job listing that the game’s latest developer, Dambuster Studios, has put out recently. The listing is for an Art Director, and specifically says that the role will be part of the next big instalment in the Dead Island franchise. There are eight job listings in total for work on Dead Island 2, but this is the only one that mentions that the game will be for both current and next-generation consoles.
This information isn’t completely reliable. It’s possible that the job listing was written a while ago, and now that all of these other ones are ready too, they’ve just put them all out at once. Given how almost everyone has had to shift from working from home, it wouldn’t be had to believe that something like this got missed.
However, it’s also hard to see Dead Island 2 missing current generation consoles entirely. The game has been in development for such a ridiculous time that yes, it’s about to see in the next-generation of consoles, but because it has been worked on for so long, it’s also more than likely that it has been built for current generation consoles first. With that in mind, the developers are probably working to finish the game off, before they then work on the next-generation version.
There are a few games that have already been confirmed to be launching across both generations. Cyberpunk 2077 is one of those, and while it’ll be launching for next-generation consoles as they launch, there are some that are planned to release for both generations in 2021. This generational transition is going to take years, and that’s a great thing! It means that we get to wait for there to be enough fantastic games on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 so that when we finally get one, we can play the games we love from day one.
I’m very excited to play Dead Island 2. Let us know if you are in the comments.
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