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Dead Island dev promises a 'make up' following Steam blunder

Fixed version now release, full patch notes released

Dead Island publisher Deep Silver has promised to deliver "make up content" as compensation to those affected by the PC Steam blunder that saw a severely broken development version of the game go on sale.


Those who bought the zombie survival horror on its first day on sale in US were greeted with what appeared to be a development version of the game heavily plagued with bugs and glitches. Deep Silver apologised for delivering the 'incorrect version' of the game.

In a new statement today, the publisher says the correct and working version is now available to download, and promises a 'make up' is on the way. "Deep Silver plans to announce a 'make up' to North American fans who were affected by the day 1 PC issues, stay tuned in coming days for those details as internal discussions are ongoing on our end," it said.

It also confirmed the promised patch that fixes a large number of issues has released, the list of changes for which differs from that reported previously. The full official list is below, although Deep Silver warns of compatibility issues that may force you to restart your quest.

"We have a solution to help regain some quest progress: When the game opens, select New Game -> Select the same character as you were using before, and then there will be an option for 'Chapter Select' which will allow the player to jump to the last chapter they were playing in," it said.

Here's the full official patch notes:

Complete list of improvements:

Multiplayer and Matchmaking improvements
Maps are now correctly synchronized when player joins during map loading
Games now filter correctly in lobby
After joining a coop game enemies now spawn correctly

User guidance improved. (Quest guidance, UI, shop)

Additional interface polishing
Map tracking now works correctly after loading checkpoints
Health and stamina bars of enemies now display correctly in coop.
Locations of invisible NPCs are no longer shown
More than one player can now use the same ladder simultaneously
Focus on items in shops is not changing after operation (sell, buy)
Additional Interface polishing
Fixed displaying gather rings near some door

Player death behavior improved
Respawn position now saved when playing in cooperative mode
If player dies whilst inside vehicle, menu will now be hidden

Save game mechanics extended
Added distinction between quest checkpoints and other saves

Minor animation fixes
AI animation now displays correctly after fast travel or travel through portals

AI improvements
Improved enemy awareness (zombies)
Enemies reaction to fire adapted
Enemies are now able to successfully reach player on some arenas
Shooting enemies no longer spawn infinitely

Balancing changes in difficulty, majorly for second playthrough
Item level will be calculated correctly when playing in second playthrough
Kick interrupting reload now adapted, after clip wis inserted reload is treated as successful
Health regeneration is now disabled during grab.
More HP for all escorted NPCs
Removed all instances of Butcher during escorts
Purna can gain bonus rage from both "Grim Inspiration" and "Inspiring Kick"
Only "Walker" type enemies increase the extra XP of the "Combo" skill from Xian's Survival skill tree

Pause Option added
Added information about players requesting pause (Coop)

Looting rules improved
Thrown items now cannot be picked up by another player for 5 minutes.
Items from just-opened containers cannot be picked up by another player for 5 seconds.

Minor graphical glitches fixed.
Rectified occasional graphical glitch with NPC's hands bend
Animations now display correctly when trading
Stomper animation now displays correctly when same target is hit by another player

Sound bugs fixed
Volume of pickup's engine has been increased

Quest bugs removed
All side quests in Laboratory can now be successfully completed
Potential walkthrough blocker removed when quest "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" is completed before talking to Dominik during "On the air" quest