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E3 2014: Dead Island 2 developer had no idea it would kick off Sony press conference

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Posted by: Tate Steinlage

Yager Development and publisher Deep Silver knew Dead Island 2 would get a reveal at Sony's E3 press conference Monday. However, they had no idea the upcoming zombie title would kickoff the show. 

Dead Island 2 game director Bernd Diemer told us Monday in an interview that his team had no idea about where they'd be in the show, adding that he almost missed the reveal to go get a couple beers. 

“I didn’t know they would have it like the first fucking thing at the show," Diemer said. "We were sitting here (Los Angeles Convention Center) because we were still on the show floor because Yager has a second prototype we’re showing off and they were still setting up PC’s, and then it was too late to go over there and we didn’t have enough tickets for all our guys anyways so we decided to stay here. One of the security guys was so nice to turn on a TV downstairs — one of those Twitch things they have in the lobby because everything was closed already — because we said, ‘Ah, please turn it on because we need to watch it because of our game.’

“It started with a, ‘Hey we’re about to start in five minutes,’ and I thought I might as well run up for a couple of beers because we’re third party, we’ll probably be right at the end when they go like, ‘And here’s some other cool games we have: trailer, trailer, trailer, trailer. Thank god I didn’t (get beer) because I sit down and the first thing that Adam said was, ‘And here’s zombies next…’

“We knew they would announce it. We knew they would show the trailer, but I didn’t expect that. I was blown away.” 

Are you surprised that Sony didn't tell developers their lineup? Were you impressed with the Dead Island 2 reveal trailer? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

Tags: Dead Island, Dead Island 2, video games, gaming, Sony, E3, E3 2014, zombies, trailer

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