Deep Silver had recently announced the release date for its upcoming game – Dead Island: Riptide. Now, according to Strategy Informer, the company has also announced a new character that is being added to the current roster of four characters. The new playable character is named John Morgan. Along with Morgan, Deep Silver has also shown the city of Henderson.

Morgan is described by Deep Silver as a master of hand-to-hand combat, “His career in the US Navy has not taken off as he originally had envisioned, so he spends his time as a cook on a military ship. Little does he know that soon he will have to bring his skills into practice when the ship nears the island of Palanai.”

The four heroes with a new character

The fifth character will be John Morgan

The new city, Henderson, is a hub that was once a pit stop for the wealthiest of travellers. Now, thanks to the zombie outbreak and the destruction caused by the monsoon, the area is flooded and falling apart.

Earlier, along with the release date, Deep Silver had also announced the pre-order bonuses for the game. Those who pre-order will get a version of Dead Island Riptide that will include an exclusive pack of weapon mods that allows manifold ways to dispose of the ghastly zombie hordes on the island of Palanai.

Riptide will be set right after the events of the original Dead Island, with the four heroes having their escape put to a halt by a tropical storm. The heroes find themselves grounded on the island of Palanai facing the same zombie horde as they did in the first game. The new zombies have also been affected by some unknown mutations. The game is also getting a mysterious fifth playable character.

According to the announcement, the game will also have a game mode similar to the Horde mode from the Gears of War series and Mann vs Machine mode from Team Fortress 2, where the heroes will be put in arenas and will have to survive against waves and waves of zombies. To survive, players will have to build defences and traps. There is no indication of whether these defences will require raw materials like the weapons do in the first game.

The first Dead Island is a zombie survival game set on a tropical island. The game has the player pick one out of four characters and then go running around the island saving people, killing zombies and all sorts of other stuff heroes in zombie apocalypse stories are supposed to do. You can either play the game solo via the single player campaign or team on with four of your friends to take on the undead co-operatively. Dead Island combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customisation of a vast array of weapons. All of these gameplay features are presented in a dark story inspired by classic zombie movies with a gritty and engrossing campaign that can be played with up to four players in co-op mode. The game also features a crafting system where you can make crazy weapons to use against the undead horde, provided you have the materials and the blueprints required for the weapon.

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