Dead Island appears to be the sort of “lights off to enhance the experience” game that can draw a player in. That’s all fine and well, but what about the player’s imagination being used to create an even more horrific event, as if viewing just a script? Worry not, for publisher at large Bantam has solved that problem already by announcing a novelization of the game. Even better, the book version will be released concurrently with the game itself – so it’s like getting twice the Dead Island in the same day!
No word yet on the plot beyond a vague description of the game’s basic story, but the author has been revealed. Mark Morris is best known in England for his series of horror novels written during a stint with Thatcher’s Enterprise Allowance Scheme. Oh yeah, he also novelized four Doctor Who plotlines for the BBC and churned out versions of Torchwood and a handful of radio plays for other Who related stories. His Wikipedia entry also mentions a current employment as a bookseller at Borders in Leeds – well, that is assuming the international Borders haven’t been closed.
The novel and game should both feature copious amounts of zombie death and blood – if the book tones it down, then maybe Daleks need to be written in to let Morris feel more comfortable.