Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can join the zombie action RPG Dead Island for free this weekend.
Following the reveal of Dead Island 2 at Gamescom Opening Night Live last month, the first game in the comically grotesque zombie series will be free to play on Xbox for a limited time.
According to a 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 accompanied by Hunting Simulator 2. Both games were free for the weekend as part of Xbox’s Free Play Days program, which gives Game Pass and Gold subscribers new games to try every week.
How to get Dead Island on Xbox Game Pass
You can download Dead Island for the weekend via your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One. Load the Store, navigate to the Subscriptions tab, tap the Xbox Live Gold tile and scroll down to the Free Play Days section. There, you should find Dead Island ready and waiting.
You can also download the game remotely via your PC. go to the Dead Island listing page (opens in new tab) in the Microsoft store, sign in with your Xbox account and click the green ‘Install to’ button. A list of all consoles connected to your account will be displayed, allowing you to remotely install the game on any one you like.
Dead Island’s main campaign lasts around 20 hours, so you’ll have to dedicate a large chunk of your weekend if you want to see that. It might not be one of the best co-op games, but its horribly enthusiastic melee violence and four-player co-op campaign is worth checking out. This is also the Definitive Edition, so it includes all previously released Dead Island DLCs.
Beating zombies on the head in a tropical paradise could also get you in the mood for the game’s next sequel, which is due to hit screens on February 3 next year. But don’t expect a complete turnaround. In our hands-on session with Dead Island 2, we discovered that we couldn’t just hit the game button. Fortunately, distracting zombies with Amazon Alexa will give us the edge we need.