Dead Island ships over 1 million in first week, 360 patch live, first DLC may be delayed in favor of more patches

Opinions of Dead Island are all over the place, with some calling it great, others calling it terrible, and the rest calling it the greatest terrible game of all time. Those mixed impressions haven’t hurt the game’s sales, however, as Deep Silver has confirmed that Dead Island has shipped over 1 million copies in its first week. Geoff Mulligan, Chief Operating Officer at Deep Silver, commented that the company is thrilled at the retail reception, while assuring fans that it’s working to restock shelves as quickly as possible.

But even though fans and haters may disagree on the game’s overall quality, they agree on one, important thing: Dead Island is buggy. Very, very buggy. Complaints range from small-scale problems, like the occasional graphical glitch and floating item, to more serious concerns, including faulty missions and AI that are borderline game-breaking. Deep Silver wants to assure its fans that these concerns have not fallen on deaf ears. There was a day-one patch to fix some issues, and another has been made available just yesterday for the Xbox 360 to address these and other glitches. The game’s official Twitter page reports that “Updates include improvements to matchmaking, AI, quest and escort fixes, visual glitch fixes and a ton more.” The patch has not yet been made available for PlayStation 3 or PC players, but the developers have promised that they’re coming. For PS3 owners currently having issues with game saves, they offer a temporary solution on their Facebook page, too.

They’re very serious about these updates, too. Deep Silver confirmed with Kotaku that the updates and bug squashes take a precedent over the pre-planned downloadable content. “There is some awesome DLC content planned for Dead Island, but first we have to put all our focus on the base game experience,” it said. It’s sad that this sort of thing is even news – it should be a given that developers will fix their broken games before asking for more money, but it’s good to see Deep Silver do Dead Island fans right before soliciting them for post-launch extras.

Sept 15, 2011


  • asspills - September 16, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    Why is EVERYONE hating on this game?!? I think its a masterpiece. a slightly buggy masterpiece, but never before have I been so engrossed in such a story-less game, not since Far Cry 2. You really feel the sense of desperation and survival, as you pretty much make up your own game while trying to get from point A to point B in one piece. and its awesome. Yet every single headline I read about, whether the headline is about something good or bad, the article is always slanted on "This game is kinda evil and the developers are incompetent."
  • Yeager1122 - September 15, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Luckily havent had any bug problems yet hope i didnt just jinx myself.
  • EBAX1 - September 15, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    i'll buy it as soon as I know all the game breaking glitches have been ironed out
  • PopePhred - September 15, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    I've got plenty on my gaming plate right now, so I can wait for a game to be patched to perfection. That, and the inevitable insane-o-deal courtesy of Steam, round about the holiday season...
  • ObliqueZombie - September 15, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    I know it's a really, really (really) buggy start, but I adore the game. I've done damn near every side quest given to me, and I can't get enough of the game. It's not perfect, and I wouldb't say it's my favorite game in the world, but it's almost everything I've asked for in a true survival-horror, zombie-slaying game. But, I do scold them for releasing it so buggy. Bad, bad producers!
  • BladedFalcon - September 15, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    Well, I'm playing it for the PS3, and so far, aside from the save thing, (Which I've managed to keep in line by exiting my current game session so it will save itself before shutting the console down.)I haven't really encountered any significantly bad bug in the game at all. And well, aside from the game not being as pretty as it could be, and the fact that the story is not focused on a single main character. I've found the game to be pretty goddamn fun. The setting is original and awesome, the scope is impressive, the zombies are pretty damn dangerous if you get cocky. (Unlike in dead rising, which honestly, you never feel like you're in danger save in broken boss battles.) And despite having played it for at least 10 hours and alone, I am STILL on the island and in the middle of chapter 4. So yeah, it lacks a lot of polish I guess, but the core idea of the game is so bloody brilliant and fun that it's hard not to enjoy it regardless.
  • jackthemenace - September 15, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    Hey, Houghters, Look! MORE PATCHES!
  • slowdrum13 - September 15, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    now if only day one was like this and would patch fear 3 so the co op would work.
  • Crypto140 - September 15, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    I already returned it. It was fun, but after you have to repeat a mission for the 3rd time in that game becasue of a save glitch, it becomes really old, really fast.
  • Mooshon - September 15, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    Good news, meant to be a top game. Might wait out a few more patches before picking this up then.
  • The_Ouroboros - September 15, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    Exactly. I was just on my way out the door to go and pick this up when I read that it wasn't fixed yet.

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