Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can jump into the zombie-thumping action RPG Dead Island for free this weekend.
Following the reveal of Dead Island 2 at the Gamescom opening Night Live last month, the first game in the comically bizarre zombie series will be free to play on Xbox for a limited time.
According to Microsoft blog post (opens in new tab)Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Dead Island Definitive Edition for free from now until Monday, September 26 at 12pm PST/3pm EST/8pm BST/6pm AEDT.
It is associated with Hunting Simulator 2. Both games are made free for the weekend as part of Xbox’s Free Play Days program, which gives Game Pass and Gold customers new games to try each week.
How to get Dead Island on Xbox Game Pass
You can download Dead Island for the weekend through your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One. Load up the Store, navigate to the Subscriptions tab, tap the Xbox Live Gold tile, and scroll down to the Free Play Days section. There, you must have Dead Island ready and waiting.
You can also download the game remotely through your PC. Visit the Dead Island Listing Page (opens in new tab) At the Microsoft Store, sign in with your Xbox account, and click the green ‘Install’ button. A list of all the consoles associated with your account will come up, so you can remotely install the game however you want.
Dead Island’s main expedition comes in about 20 hours, so you’ll have to dedicate a substantial portion of your weekend to it if you want to see it. It may not be one of the best co-op games around, but its gruesome gang-ho melee violence and four-player co-op campaign are worth checking out with some friends. It’s also the definitive edition, so it includes all of the DLC released before Dead Island.
Zombies head-bashing in a tropical paradise can get you in the mood for the game’s upcoming sequel, which is set to hit the screens on February 3 next year. But don’t expect a total do-over. In our practical session with Dead Island 2, we found that we couldn’t just button-mash our way through the game. Hopefully, distracting zombies with Amazon Alexa will give us the leverage we need.