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Dead Island’s Unfortunately Hilarious PC Release Debacle

by Joey Davidson | September 6, 2011September 6, 2011 8:30 pm PDT

We’ll caution you with this before you watch the video above: don’t judge Dead Island by the technical goofs you see. The game may very well be directly up your alley. Instead, dig a build of an otherwise game the public almost never sees as a treat. And, really, it’s funny, so enjoy it.

Odds are, if you’re a frequenter of several gaming blogs and communities around the net, you’ve already gotten some wind of what went down for the PC version of Deep Silver and Techland’s new zombie FPS title, Dead Island.

In a nutshell, the Steam version of Dead Island that “shipped out” to the Steam digital platform was not the final build of the game. In fact, it is a development test build riddled with a ton of bugs that can be either hilarious or game breaking. Hooray!

Deep Silver responded to the issue by releasing a day one patch and a quote to Joystiq. Here’s their statement:

“We deeply regret that an incorrect version of Dead Island was inadvertently made available to players on Steam launch in North America…We are very sorry for any issues you may have experienced while playing the game – the correct, patched version will be made available to North American players ASAP.”

The game will be fixed, and you can bet both Techland and publisher Deep Silver are downright embarrassed. Here’s hoping the Steam crowd can reserve too harsh of a judgement until the game finally, officially, correctly drops. You can bet the team is working on it right this second.

Until they get it all worked out, take a moment to read on, watch and discover some of the more amusing pre-final release issues. They can be a bit weird.

Anyone snag Dead Island for Steam yet? Notice anything…I don’t know…whacky?

[via Joystiq, Reddit]


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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