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About a year and a half ago, Spunkify and I did what I swear was a BombLive for Deep Silver’s Dead Island: Epidemic, the self-proclaimed “ZOMBA” (Zombie Battle Arena) by Deep Silver. I can’t seem to find that video on the site or on YouTube, but here’s the First Look if you’ve forgotten what it was about. Strangely, I actually kinda liked it, and it was something I always poked into every few months to see how it was coming along.

I say “was” and “liked” because Deep Silver announced earlier this week that the game, still in beta, would be shut down on Oct. 15. In the meantime, Deep Silver will heavily discount characters and boosts to give you something to spend your currency on. There’s no talk of any refunds being offered.

Back in July, Deep Silver severed ties with Dreadnought maker Yager, which was developing Dead Island 2, so perhaps there needed to be a shuffling of resources and DI:E got caught in the crossfire. It’s too bad, because I thought Dead Island: Epidemic did some clever and unique things to shake up the standard MOBA gameplay, from its setting to crafting to three-team battles. It might have just been a little too niche to, well, survive.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. rottorxxooo on September 19, 2015

    Piece of shit died. So noone cares. I hope there are more trash games like this that gonna die soon. Stop making shit games. I hope they learnd there lesson wasted money wasted time…….

  2. Bic Boi on September 18, 2015

    Back to the grave with it. It was quite shite to be honest.

  3. Skankinpig on September 18, 2015

    It’s a shame, they really ought to have focussed more heavily on the coop / PvE part of the game which by their own admittance they didn’t understand the popularity of.
    I was once going to get in on the closed beta testers team and speaking to the guy who contacted me about it (who did so because of a review i left + feed back on forums etc) he didn’t seem to understand the allure of the PvE which seemed to echo the actual developers thoughts. It’s a shame, they should have focused on that / X-hero style gameplay (from another WC3 mod) than the moba part, which always suffered from having 3 teams as opposed to an equal number.

  4. GamingMaster on September 18, 2015

    Well 0 players online and no one ever played pvp and the heroes where so expensive you would rather pay money to unlock them.

    I uninstalled after 1 hour of playing it and also this piece of garbage will not be missed…

  5. RenzaiKOENN on September 18, 2015

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  6. Sol on September 18, 2015

    I never got latched onto this one. I avoided the MOBA parts like the plague, maybe that’s why.

  7. -GG-TheSecondJoker on September 18, 2015

    I didn’t really like it. It just didn’t run well even with recommended requirements and kinda seemed boring.

  8. Mykal Quinn on September 17, 2015

    I thought the game was very good, except for the giant paywall that halted progression for F2P players. I would have spent money on it too if it wasn’t over $20 to purchase anything.

  9. fab on September 17, 2015

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  10. NGoHT on September 17, 2015

    Very very boring game, not surprised.

  11. Player1 on September 17, 2015

    that happens when you create lots of characters just to block them all

  12. Todoran on September 17, 2015

    1 more moba bites the dust…. hmmm YAY!?

  13. Jafarson on September 17, 2015

    i like this game, game idea and graphic is really nice… but it seems abandoned so i stopped playing it …. now i see why

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