Deep Silver had a few things to reveal about Dead Island Riptide today and one of them is the fact that the game isn’t really a sequel but more of a spin-off. The title will focus more on close combat than the latter half of Dead Island which began to focus on gunplay instead.
The company has also added in a new weather system as well as upgrades to the gameplay engine from the first game. The weather system will allow players to float down rivers on boats, though you’ll have to deal with the zombies that are also in those rivers. The game will take place on an entirely new island near the previous island and gamers can import their character stats from the original Dead Island. As for when gamers can expect the title, Deep Silver has currently listed a release window of sometime in 2013.