Dead Island 2 promises another round of zombie slaughter as we make our way across a version of Los Angeles overrun by zombies. If you're about to set off and cause havoc among the infected, you might be wondering about the game's map size and how many districts you can explore.
Although Dead Island 2's map size doesn't rival that of other zombie games that favor expansive open worlds, it still gives you enough ground to cover.
Dead Island 2 Map Size and Districts
Dead Island 2's map is split into 10 districts which you gradually unlock as you play through its story quests. They're semi-open areas that have clear boundaries and are separated by loading screens.
They're small enough to make traversing them on foot feasible, but hide a large number of collectible items and named zombies you may find tricky to quickly track down.
Side quests see you returning to each area, exploring a new building or corner you've yet do see. In spots like Bel-Air or Bevelry Hills, houses can make up their own mini-levels of sorts, containing valuable loot and zombies whose body parts you can violently remove and use for crafting.
Here are the 10 districts that you'll find on Dead Island 2's map:
- Bevelry Hills
- Halperin Hotel
- Monarch Studios
- The Pier
- Venice Beach
- Ocean Avenue
- Brentwood Sewer
- The Metro
- Hollywood Boulevard
You can explore them during both daytime and nighttime, which you can select between when fast traveling to a new location.
Each area has a different aesthetic, so there's no way to mistake the lavish Bel-Air mansions for the movie sets of Monarch Studios or, indeed, the considerably less aesthetically pleasing Brentwood Sewer.
How Good is Dead Island's Map?
We asked Neil Bolt to provide some insight and personal thoughts on Dead Island 2’s map:
"One of the most refreshing things about Dead Island 2’s map is its balance of scope and simplicity. By chopping it up into separate sections, Dambuster Studios has been able to put plenty of detail into each area, making them distinct places to explore. The nearest competitor Dying Light 2 has a huge world with lots going on it, but arguably, there’s a greater eye for detail to Dead Island 2’s Hell-A. Even the vast expanse of Venice Beach has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore and discover.
The amount of variety for an iconic setting is impressive as well. Having horror and gore in broad daylight in wide open spaces works well, but there’s plenty of opportunity to make things dark and creepy. Whether that be in the depths of Los Angeles’ sewers or at the disintegrating end of the Santa Monica pier at night.
Even though the map is broken up, there’s a clear throughline from place to place, so it soon becomes clear how to travel from Bel Air to Hollywood Boulevard. Landmarks from another area can appear in the distance to clue you into what lies ahead. As such there’s a smart illusion of a larger map than you actually get."
That is what you need to know about Dead Island 2's map size and the number of districts you can explore at launch. For more on the game, check out its system requirements and what we know about fast travel alongside a potential Steam release date.
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Content is written by Bogdan Roberts with input from Neil Bolt.