How to play Dead Island 2 early

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Fans of the widely well-received Dead Island will no doubt be chomping at the bit for the release of Dead Island 2. The game was first announced back in 2014. This left almost a decade for the development team to cram as much zombie-killing brilliance into the release. Finally, as we slowly move closer to the release date, inpatient fans ask, “How can I play Dead Island 2 early?” So, if you really can’t wait for the April 21st debut, there may be one or two options for you to try.

How to play Dead Island 2 early

Dead Island 2 hasn’t come with an early access or demo option, so getting your hands on the game early will be a struggle. However, there are a few methods for accessing the game ahead of time. Some are dumb luck, others require a few years of self-promotion, and one involves time travel. Take a look and see what works for you.


Find a copy in the stores

Sometimes, due to clerical errors, games are sometimes stocked ahead of their release dates. Occasionally they are posted out to pre-order gamers before launch or stocked on shelves early. To improve your chances of this happening, you should perform a sacrificial rite to your chosen deity. Or, you could make friends with your local store clerk.

Become a videogame journalist/influencer

To allow writers and streamers to review games properly, games are given to a select few ahead of launch. Obviously, these early accesses help get the game hyped up and honest reviews to be written up ahead of launch. So, with a few thousand hours of streaming or a degree in a literature-based subject, Dead Island 2 could be yours to play early!

Become a Kiwi to play Dead Island 2 early

For anyone outside New Zealand, a clever little time skip can be utilized to play Dead Island 2 early. This only works on Xbox though. Simply pre-order Dead Island 2, change your console time to the New Zealand timezone, and there you have it. You can now play Dead Island 2 at the New Zealand midnight release time. This translates to 5 am PDT which gives you a full five hours of early playtime.

Leo Gillick
About The Author
Leo is a Freelance Writer for PC Invasion. He has a degree in English Literature and Film Studies and more hours buried into videogames than he cares to admit. He has worked extensively in the Videogame and Travel writing industry but, as they say, get a job doing something you love and you'll never work a day in your life. He uses his writing as a means to support indefinite global travel with the current five year plan seeing him through Latin America.