The Most Heartbreaking Zombie Video Game Trailer You’ll Ever See

The Most Heartbreaking Zombie Video Game Trailer You’ll Ever See

It’s been more than three years since we last heard any news on Techland’s zombie survival horror game Dead Island. Now it’s back, with a trailer demonstrating that not even children are safe from the undead hordes.

When last we saw Dead Island it was heading for a 2008 release on the Xbox 360 and PC. Now it’s ready to enter the spotlight once more with one of the most shocking CGI trailers I’ve ever seen. Children being killed is generally subject video games shy away from, but in this piece it’s the main event. Watching a helpless little girl being run down by a gang of shambling zombies is disturbing, chilling, and yes, heartbreaking.

If Techland can evoke these feelings in the game proper, it could have something amazing on its hands.

It’s an event that’s likely to take place on an island resort overrun by the shambling dead, which is exactly what’s happened on Dead Island. Developer Techland is taking a more realistic approach to the zombie survival genre. That not only means that children might die, you won’t have a cache of guns to try and defend them.

It’s a first-person game without guns. The player will have to rely on found objects to survive, and there just aren’t that many guns in a tropical paradise. You’re not going to stumble across a machinegun nest, or a stray rocket launcher. What you see is what you get. You ‘ll battle zombies with whatever is on hand. Eventually, thanks to the game’s experience and leveling system, you’ll get better at it, but even the best guy with a bat is still a guy with a bat, facing down several hundred creatures hungry for his flesh.

Hit up the link below to see what IGN saw when they recently visited Dead Island.

Welcome to Dead Island [IGN UK]


  • Damn. Ever since I became a father this type of imagery churns my guts. I’ve noticed cheap tricks on tv shows and movies where they put the child in danger unsettle me with ease. That being said, this game looks like it could be awesome. I wish I had the stomach for it.

    • Hey, even as a person who has no intention of ever having kids, that churned my stomach watching…

      This trailer has gotten past my zombie-genre hatred, I will be buying this game when I can… and probably importing it, by the way SCAG has been dragging the R18 thing.

      If they can convey that sort of emotion mixed with the horror, then I think this game will be something amazing…

  • That trailer gave me chills. If this was a film I would make sweet love to it while weeping my little eyes out.

    On a more related note, scavenging for weaponry is going to be a nice change of pace from “have this grenade launcher just lying on the ground”

  • I didn’t quite get the sequence of events on the first watch.
    Now I am too sad to watch it again.

    Not sure if I’ll be into this one, looks a bit too heavy for my taste at this stage.

  • For me, zombies have lost their menacing and terrifying touch lately, due to their heavy use in media. From the Zombie Survival Guide to the Dead Rising series, they’ve almost become cliched as a red-shirt-esque bad-ass-rapes-hordes sort of enemy.

    Maybe this’ll bring back the fear I had when I was young of just endless hordes of unstoppable mindless enemies.

    I want to be able to shit my pants when it comes to zombies again. Maybe this’ll do it.

  • I’m buying this just because they killed a kid. Even if all the critics on the planet give it 1.0 out of 10, I am buying it.

    Bout time the snotty little brats get it in a video game.

      • Very true. I’d stop playing video games and start studying up on the issues if I were you.
        This game will probz have a hard time getting through the classifications.

  • Thats a great railer. The sombre tone is an awesome break from the usual zombie fare of hack and smash.

    If the same maturity is given to the game itself, it could be really cool.

  • That’s a great trailer, no question about it.

    But you’d think after 3+ years in development they’d be at the point of showing a bit of gameplay rather than just a CGI movie.

  • Brilliant trailer, never seen the zombie apocalypse presented that way.. great impact

    Also, the art, lighting, rendering and animation are all top notch. Which studio did the trailer?

  • There are three types of people who see this video.

    Teenagers and immature young adults.
    Quarter-life adults

    Being a father, this video is seriously hard to watch and take in. It’s not the characters as much as it is the content. The context of him failing against something he never stood a chance against. The context of me failing my family; they are all I care about.

    • I’m still debating whether or not to watch for this reason, John.

      (I turned off Dead Rising when I found the survivor whose baby had been taken by the zombies. Got physically ill at the thought, and sold the game the next day.)

  • That trailer was not only well put together, it made me want to cut myself it was that depressing. Looking forward to seeing more of the game in the future.

  • So do I trust the engaging, emotional and mature majority of the trailer, or the incredibly cheesy title and logo? There’s definitely a mixed message there, but hopefully the game proper matches the tone of this trailer.

  • Wait its set in Papua New Guinea… =D

    I hope its not a throw away location i.e I want to hear some Toki Pisin when playing the game, and Kundu drums and lots of things. But this absence of firearms, does not sound like any part of Papua New Guinea I’ve ever been too. Then again there arent any major resorts in PNG.

  • Ugh, seriously – this trailer is emo-porn (and totally pathetic IMHO). It’s kind of sad that Zombie flicks/games have come to this – it’s as emotionally and thematically complex as the scene in the ‘put name here’ horror film where the ‘put antagonist title here’ is revealed to be a little girl (OH WOW! A LITTLE GIRL!!!! NO ONE HAS EVER THOUGHT OF THAT BEFORE!!!! LITTLE GIRLS AS VICTIMS OR VILLAINS – WOW!!!! TOTALLY ORIGINAL!!!!!). I am literally bored watching this as it plays – the attempt to elicit emotion by hurling a little girl out a window, having her hunted down by zombies etc isn’t scary/disturbing/horrific it’s just cheap. Wasn’t it George Lucas who said the easiest way to get emotion out of an audience was to wring a puppies neck – ladies and gentlemen… welcome to the gaming industries greatest fulfilment of that statement. Offended? No, I’m not. Am I perplexed by the stupidity of this trailer (so the dev saw memento, ripped it off and slapped some repetitive piano on it – so what)? Am I perplexed by the designers belief that I’ll be suckered into buying this ‘oh so clearly’ original zombie game because it features cheap emo-child suffering porn? YES, yes indeed – I am perplexed. Seriously, this looks to be boring c**p. And as for the dude who said he’d buy it cause it features someone killing a kid – yep, that’s about right, that’s who will buy this because that’s precisely who the dev aimed it at.

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