A fifth playable character will be introduced in Dead Island: Riptide, a burly dude rocking a mullet with a backwards baseball cap, the story of which is darker, showing a metamorphosis of beauty into ugliness.
For example, in Dead Island the beauty of the island was often created by man – the Beach Resort, Hotel, etc. – and the terror was created by the zombies,” Sebastian Reichert, Deep Silver’s creative director, says. “This main design theme has changed. Palanai is an island full of natural beauty, for example, wonderful waterfalls, contrasted by natural destruction caused by storms, monsoons and rain. And of course the zombies.
While not a true sequel, Riptide will take the game in new places that Reichart claims separates it drastically from the original Dead Island. “Plotwise, ‘darker’ is good description of where we’re heading, but of course we stay bright and beautiful on the outside,” said Reichert. “We are taking a very special step in this installment and we are looking forward to see how the fans react to it.”