The game's set between the original game and the upcoming sequel, and is intended to link both stories together. That's right, the Dead Island franchise has a story.
You play Cliff Calo (excellent videogame character name there), an investigator searching for the cause of the zombie outbreak in the island chain of Banoi. It's a more story-driven experience than its predecessor, but fear ye not - there's plenty of zombie-splatting to do as well. Escape will continue the series' penchant for "visceral melee combat set in a beautiful paradise setting".
Players who pre-order Escape Dead Island will also be given "guaranteed access" to the upcoming Dead Island 2 beta. No info as to when that's going to drop, but Escape Dead Island will be released on November 18 in North America and November 21 everywhere else.