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Does Dead Island 2 have a New Game Plus mode?

The illusion is shattered.

Finishing Dead Island 2 may not be enough for some players. If you’re like me, you’ll be tempted to start your journey again in a New Game Plus to collect all the remaining achievements.

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In most titles, New Game Plus unlocks after completing the main story. The option simply appears on the main menu, and players can start an instance as a new save. That hasn’t been the case in Dead Island 2, however, since the option was nowhere to be found after I finished the game.

Naturally, players who completed Dead Island 2’s campaign would have also found themselves scrolling around the title’s main menu. The lack of a button for New Game Plus caused players to think about whether there was a challenge they had to complete to unlock the game mode, but it turned out to be a mission impossible.

Is there a New Game Plus mode in Dead Island 2?

A character holding a UZI in Dead Island 2.
A second run wouldn’t be that bad. Screenshot by Dot Esports

No, there isn’t a New Game Plus mode in Dead Island 2. If you’d like to continue playing the game, you’ll need to create a new save. Starting a new save won’t allow you to bring your weapons and upgrades with you, however, so you’ll start from scratch.

Will Dead Island 2 get a New Game Plus mode in the future?

Though there haven’t been any official confirmations regarding a New Game Plus mode in Dead Island 2, there’s a chance the feature might still make it into the game. In 2024, Dead Island 2 will receive a DLC, Sola Festival, and it could be the perfect time to finally introduce New Game Plus and give players another excuse to return to the title.

If you were already planning for your next adventure after hitting the max level in Dead Island 2, you might be disappointed, but the lack of New Game Plus doesn’t take away from the engaging gameplay experience of the game. The Dead Island franchise has been known to miss a few key features here and there, like split-screen multiplayer.

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Gökhan Çakır
Gökhan is a Staff Writer and Fortnite Lead at Dot Esports. Gökhan graduated as an industrial engineer in 2020 and has since been with Dot Esports. As a natural-born gamer, he honed his skills to a professional level in Dota 2. Upon giving up on the Aegis of Champions in 2019, Gökhan started his writing career, covering all things gaming, while his heart remains a lifetime defender of the Ancients.