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Is Dead Island 2 An Open World Game?

Wondering whether Dead Island 2 is an open world game? Read our guide to find out.
Is Dead Island 2 An Open World Game?

Dead Island 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to Techland's 2011's breakout hit Dead Island. Similar to the original, you can craft makeshift weapons, slay hordes of zombies, explore a dilapidated city, complete quests, and just have a bloody good time doing all of these. 

Unlike the original, Dead Island 2 takes place in a fictional version of Los Angeles. Environments include sunny beaches, celebrity mansions, and the vibrant Beverly Hills streets,  to name a few. These are all very detailed, and visually, Dead Island 2 looks incredible on current-gen consoles. 

While there's plenty to explore and do in HELL-A, some fans might be wondering whether Dead Island 2 is an open world game or not.

Dead Island 2 open world explained

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HELL-A is divided into several districts. (Picture: Shreyansh / Deep Silver)

Unfortunately, Dead Island 2 isn't a completely open world game. HELL-A is divided into districts, and there's plenty of freedom to explore all these regions at one's own pace. 
However, not all districts are available to explore from the get-go. Instead, players unlock them as they progress through the main story. Additionally, they will be treated with a short loading screen every time they venture into different districts. 

While the lack of an open world may seem disappointing, Dead Island 2 makes up for it by thrusting players into many distinct and detailed environments that are a sight to behold. Environmental storytelling is also in full swing here, with enough details packed in for players to decipher what may have happened before the outbreak. It's neat. 

Suffice it to say, Dead Island 2 is a meaty experience and offers plenty of substantial things for everyone to see and do.