For the longest time, Dead Island seemed to be... well, dead.
The intriguing zombie game was first revealed back in 2007 by its developer, Techland, with a subpar teaser trailer that compared it to already shelved games in the Resident Evil series and the upcoming Left 4 Dead. But since then, it's been a ghost, thought to be abandoned—until now.
Dead Island's newest trailer has resurrected interest in hopeful gamers, with a release date set for late 2011 by its publisher, Deep Silver.
But who cares about the game itself? The trailer alone is a masterpiece—something that can even be appreciated outside of the video game world. Its 3D graphics (probably done in Maya) are flawlessly amazing, and the reversed sequence from death to life sends chills down your spine.
YouTube user TheKittenJedi quipped "Someone show this to Roger Ebert."
It pretty much beats anything I've witnessed in horror movies from the last decade. It's bone-chilling and harrowing, obviously not for the squeamish, so be warned.
PS: Check out the other videos for the first 2007 trailer, along with the new one un-reversed, in chronological sequence.
Information about Dead Island from the official website:
The player is drawn into the world of Dead Island on the brink of a mysterious zombie epidemic, that suddenly and with no warning breaks out on the fictional island of Banoi. As a guest of the Royal Palms Resort, the player's stay was supposed to be a dream holiday, a get away from daily grind into the idyllic beaches of a tropical paradise. But suddenly and faced with unimaginable terror, there is only one thing left to do: survive...
—First-person melee combat
—4 player co-op
—Set on an open world tropical island
—RPG elements for character development
—Hordes of gruesome zombies
For PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC - Release Date: 2011