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Dead Island 2 Features Controversial Weapon Degradation & Durability Mechanic

The development team of Dead Island 2 has revealed some gameplay elements for the title, such as the destructibility of weapons.

It took a while, but Dead Island 2 is back and one of the features that fans have appreciated the least will return with it. As confirmed by the developers of the game, Dead Island 2 will feature the classic weapon degradation and durability mechanic, that will let players to use their weapon for a limited amount of time before it breaks down. Check out the complete details below.

Dead Island 2 Will Feature Classic Weapon Degradation Mechanic

dead island 2 features classic weapon degradation & durability mechanic

Dead Island 2, the action title full of zombies and weapons, returns to the public after many years from its first appearance. Now, as the release approaches, the developers have started to reveal some of the important gameplay systems of the title that can be also remembered in the past by fans of the series, for better or for worse.

According to an interview with VG247, among the various features of the Dead Island 2 game, there will also be one of the most hated ones: weapons degradation and durability.

In the original Dead Island, players had to pay attention to the duration of the weapons that, by dint of being crashed into the infected bodies of the zombies, broke. It is one of the features that Dambuster Studios design director Adam Duckett defended in a recent interview, explaining why it will also be reintroduced in Dead Island 2:

Ranged weapons have ammo, so melee weapons have degradation,” Duckett said in the interview. “We’re generous with it; we want players to explore the full arsenal of weapons—so we have so many great mods, and so many perks, and so many other things in this game that we want players to cycle through. It also helps that players can keep a wide variety of tools in their arsenal, so they’re never going to be without something they can use,” Duckett declared.

The same feature is echoed by art director Adam Olson, who says that the weapons break helps keep Dead Island 2 “grounded in reality,” despite being a game for fighting zombies. In short, you will also have to experience the same gameplay system in Dead Island 2, which was also incorporated by Goat Simulator 3 in a quite surreal way.

Dead Island 2 will release on February 3, 2023, for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Google Stadia.