Dead Island: Epidemic is a newly forthcoming Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena (ZOMBA / MOBA) title from Deep Silver capitalizing on the survival epic franchise in a new genre. Me and Public Relations Editor Josh had a chance to get our hands on it along with a number of other members in the team and the result is a fun experience that you can compare to League of Legends meets Diablo mixed with Zombies. WSAD style movement with mouse aiming and attacking are used while C switches between melee and ranged weapons. Players get to level up one of three characters which gain Hero powers as a session goes on through leveling up and staying alive (teamwork is key for the latter).
Mines, healing, enemies that can incapacitate players or stun them, upgradable skills across characters, parts, blueprints, the ability to buy / sell / repair / boost weapons, consumables, workbench abilities, and shop items are just some of the ways players will step their game up between matches. Although horde mode which sees co-op action taking place against zombies in waves, with friends or strangers, seems to be the most popular at this time there are also other offerings including Player Versus Player content. Currently Mutated Berg, Mutated Amber, and Wanta represent in the cast of characters with character points and coins being side objectives as well as the ability to Unbind XP showing up for those experts looking to re-spec a character their own way.
In the following video PR Editor Josh and myself (Editor-In-Chief Jon) jump in with our own homemade Gameplay Footage (in high definition) as well as our discussion and thoughts upon the game. We will release more gameplay footage as time goes on as well as revisit the title’s final release with even more thoughts. Some of the highlights of Dead Island: Epidemic include the Boss Fights and the Enemy Design which pays homeage to titles like Left 4 Dead 2.
Preview Copy Info: Six digital copies of this work-in-progress game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Preview.