Video Game News: ‘Dead Island’ Ships More Than 1 Million in Opening Week

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CHICAGO – The newest action/horror zombie slaughter game, “Dead Island,” has debuted with a bang. The video game, published by Deep Silver, has already shipped out more than a million copies in North America alone. Additionally, the game will have sold 2 million copies globally by the end of this week.

The game, which launched September 6, has been praised by many critics, including Hollywood Chicago’s Brian Tallerico who gave the game a 4 out of 5 rating.

A first-person action bloodbath, “Dead Island” follows the story of a group of survivors who’s lives turn upside down when the paradise tropical island they are on becomes a chaotic mess because of a zombie outbreak. Players must fight for their lives as they are cut off from the rest of the world and need to find a way to escape the island.

The game also contains four customizable classes of characters to play with as well as a four player co-op. In the days of “Left 4 Dead” and “Dead Rising,” “Dead Island” is a very exciting and comprehensive zombie experience.

Chief Operating Officer at Deep Silver, Geoff Mulligan, showed excitement in a statement on Tuesday: “We’re thrilled at the retail reception Dead Island has achieved in its first few days,” Mulligan said. “The critical ‘first week’ of game sales has been an enormous sales success for Deep Silver. We’re working quickly with our distribution partner in North America, Square Enix, to restock shelves as quickly as we can.”

President and CEO of Square Enix, Inc, Mike Fischer, was a little more humorous with his words: “With more than a million copies sold, I feel good knowing that the world is now more prepared than ever for what to do should a real zombie invasion ever threaten humanity,” Fischer said.

“Dead Island” is rated M for Mature and retails for $59.99 for consoles and $49.99 for PC. staff writer Tim Martens

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