Dead Island 2’s gore system slices through flesh, organs, and bone with procedural precision

Dead Island 2 developer Dambuster Studios has created a bespoke gore system for the upcoming zombie killer sequel, and it’s one of the most detailed yet seen in games.

“We’ve probably spent an unhealthy amount of time passionately developing our own gruesome gore technology, which we internally codename FLESH,” Dead Island 2 game director David Stenton told IGN. “It’s short for Fully Locational Evisceration System for Humanoids.”

“[This system] allows players to slice, dice, hack, dismember, melt, bludgeon and shatter zombies in all sorts of spectacular and stylish ways,” he continued. “And it’s all fully procedural, too.”

The new trailer showcases a strong array of gory kills, but Stenton is very excited about the detailed way the FLESH system recreates burning flesh.

“One of the funniest things you can do in the game is melt a zombie,” he said. “You can see [the flames] burn through clothing and all soft tissue and through organs to bone. So yeah, we put a lot of effort into the core combat and the gore that comes with it.”

Dead Island 2 trailer screenshots

Dead Island 2 was unveiled again at Gamescom 2022’s Opening Night Live show, showcasing the zombie game for the first time in eight years. Dambuster is the third developer working on the game after the original studio Yager and the second studio Sumo Digital, and they started working from scratch after taking on the responsibilities on the project. Their new version of Dead Island 2 is scheduled for release next February.

Matt Purslow is UK News and Features Editor for IGN. Dead Island 2’s gore system slices through flesh, organs, and bone with procedural precision

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