Dead Island development version released by accident

When players downloaded the new Dead Island game from Steam, they were left disappointed. Numerous bugs have crippled the game, forcing fans to get in contact with the developers to see if there was any chance these bugs would be ironed out in a patch. But upon further investigation, players found the game to more resemble a development build than a full game, leading fans to discover that the developers had released the wrong version by accident.

In a thread on the game's Steam subforum, members collected together evidence that points to the game being a developer build. Lines of code referred to the build as an Xbox Live Submission Project Version, and files commonly found in Xbox 360 games raised further suspicions. Forum member Eggtooth decided to get in contact with the developers' support team, who told them that the bugs were being noted and passed onto Techland.

Speaking to IGN, publisher Deep Silver admitted there had been a mistake. "We apologize for any issues you may have experienced while playing the game. The final patched version will be made available on Steam to North American players today." The company added that it "deeply regrets that it was not possible to make the final patched version of Dead Island available to players at launch."

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somehow I think this WAS the right version and they are banging away yesterday and today with the hopes of rolling out a day1 patch.

Skin said,
somehow I think this WAS the right version and they are banging away yesterday and today with the hopes of rolling out a day1 patch.

I have to agree.

Although I'm a big fan of zombie killing games this is just another reason for waiting until they've had the game out for a while. I'll just keep playing Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 on my PC for now. The price will probably be a LOT lower in a few months and from what I've seen of the game play it looks more like a Dead Rising type game from a first person perspective...

it is a left 4 dead game mechanics and zombie ideas split with dead rising weapons and attacks.

basically they smashed two known zombie games into one mismatched mambo-jumbo pot of gumbo... and not the tasty kind neither.

I was so excited when this was announced years ago... a survival horror rpg with zombies creeping up on you and your hideouts... no supplies and simply trying to explore, fortify, scavenge, and survive... and then we got this version after all the L4D and Dead rising hype over the last 2-3 years.

The reviews for this have been so mixed. Some say it's fun, but super un-polished. Some say the un-polished-ness of it completely ruins it.
Are the reviews for the "fake"/beta "Development Version" released originally on Steam, or are these legitimate complaints with the overall game (that can't be fixed with a day 1 patch)?

I gave Left 4 Dead a try after seeing countless ad-banners when loading up other Steam games. WOW. I was blown away! It was like playing a zombie movie! (complete with film-grain). Teamwork was required. Bot AI was amazing. Online play was very satisfying. The characters came alive with all their funny dialog. The only negative thing about Left 4 Dead was the fact that Valve immediately came out with Left 4 Dead 2. Another amazing game, but one that many felt could have just been an expansion to the first.

I haven't played Dead Island yet, but now I'm afraid to. I had no problem dropping $50 to grab L4D2. But Dead Island? Is it worth it? It has a 4.9 score on Metacritic so far. L4D2 has a score of 8.5.

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