Good news, PC gamers! Right now you can pre-order Dead Island from Valve's digital distribution service, Steam. You'll not only get some bonus content, you can also get a copy of the game for FREE! Individual copies of the game are going for $49.99. If you buy the special four pack for $149.97 you and three friends can save about fifty bucks. Since the game supports four player co-op, this is a no-brainer. If you get three buddies together that means you'll each get a copy for about $37.50! Hooray, savings! Or, one of you can mooch a free copy off of your three friends who paid full price. Hooray, friends who are gainfully employed!
As far as the bonus content is concerned, if you pre-order Dead Island you'll acquire "the Ripper," which is a delightful looking baseball bat/buzzsaw combination. You'll also gain access to the Bloodbath Arena, which seems to be yet another survivor mode. Can we make a game without a survivor mode? NO! The good news? Loot and XP will transfer over to the campaign! Read on to see all the arena features.
The Ripper, in all of its bat-y, saw-y glory.
Bloodbath Arena features:
- 4 deadly and hazardous Arenas with endless waves of zombies
- Play in single or co-op multiplayer!
- Loot XP and items and bring them over into your campaign
- Leaderboard to challenge your friends
- New gruesome weapon: Sonic Pulse Grenade
The Bloodbath Arena will unlock one month after Dead Island's release. I'm guessing this content will probably cost console folks 10-15 bucks, but we'll see. Dead Island was our E3 2011 Co-Op Game of Show. Features like strong RPG elements as well as a large, non-linear world make it much more than a simple zombie game. We can't wait for this one to launch in early September. Dead Island features four player online co-op, and is also available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.