You can play alone if you want, but it’s better that you don’t.
Dead Island 2 is taking a very different approach to its online co-op multiplayer than the first game or Riptide did. Unlike either of those two games, which had a fairly traditional co-op setup, Dead Island 2 will have up to seven other people seamlessly joining your game world and helping out- quite like the co-op in 2012’s smash hit PS3 exclusive indie game, Journey- unless you choose to opt out of it. This makes co-op the natural state of the game, as opposed to something you need to set up.
“You can play alone if you want,” said game director Bernd Diemer to GameTrailers, “but as soon as you’re connected and you’re willing to play with other people, they will join your world, your server.
“We didn’t want to make a competitive game where it’s about killing other players and racking up a kill count, because that’s not Dead Island,” Diemer said. “It’s mostly about having fun and playing with other people.”
Dead Island 2 will be out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2015. It sounds like it will be a much better game than either Dead Island or Dead Island: Riptide were.