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Dead Island 2 Arrives On Game Pass, But Only on Consoles

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read
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Microsoft recently unveiled a selection of new titles for their subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.

Among the noteworthy additions are Tales of Arise, Resident Evil 3 Remake, NFL24, and more. But the latest addition that has caught the attention of many is Dead Island 2.

Dead Island 2 quietly debuted on Xbox Game Pass as a "recently added" title without any formal announcement from Microsoft or publisher Plaion/Deep Silver.

This popular game is a welcome boost to the service and offers subscribers a thrilling gaming experience.

Reports from last year show that the sequel has already sold over 2 million copies worldwide across various platforms.

While Xbox Game Pass subscribers were already excited about the lineup for February, the unexpected arrival of Dead Island 2 has added to the excitement.

Despite recent news of Xbox exclusives moving to other platforms, adding new games for February and March keeps subscribers engaged.

However, there is a minor catch with Dead Island 2 on Xbox Game Pass – the game is currently only accessible to Xbox console and cloud subscribers, with no PC version available through the service.

Originally exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, Dead Island 2 was later confirmed to arrive on Steam in April 2024, marking its one-year anniversary.

For now, Dead Island 2 is exclusive to console and cloud subscribers with Ultimate status.


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Moreover, this decision may stem from the game's limited availability on PC and the Epic Games Store until its upcoming release on other platforms later this year.

Despite the lack of prior promotion from Microsoft or developer Dambuster Studios, the addition of Dead Island 2 to Game Pass has been met with enthusiasm.

As a sequel to the popular Dead Island, the game continues to receive updates and keep players engaged.

However, not all Game Pass subscribers can access the game, indicating that certain exclusions may apply.

PC Game Pass Ultimate subscribers may look forward to downloading Dead Island 2 on April 22 once it becomes available beyond the Epic Games Store exclusivity.

The potential release of the Sola Festival DLC later this year could offer additional content for fans to enjoy, with expectations of its launch in Q2 2024.

As Game Pass subscribers await more exciting releases, the debut of Dead Island 2 sets the stage for a thrilling gaming experience.

With future releases such as Maneater, Indivisible, Space Engineers, Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, and Diablo 4, subscribers have much to anticipate and enjoy in the coming months.

Those subscribed to PC Game Pass Ultimate may have the opportunity to download the game on April 22 once the exclusivity on the Epic Games Store ends for Dead Island 2.

However, it should be noted that the game may not still be available on Game Pass by then, although its short lifespan would be quite surprising.

The Game Pass release of Dead Island 2 grants console Ultimate subscribers access to the full base game, with the added benefit of claiming new rewards, such as the Trickster's Smile knife, by linking their account to the game's PROS platform.

Additionally, users who dismember 1,000 limbs can now earn the legendary-tier Malibu Nightstick bat.