By Jason Venter | 09-18-2012 | 4:00PM
As a simple guitar song plays, a sailboat smoothly makes its way along a placid ocean. A vivid sunset and inky clouds form a beautiful backdrop, and that imagery and the accompanying music are joined by the sounds of water splashing against the vessel. The camera pans smoothly, soothingly.
That scene takes up the opening moments of a two-minute CGI trailer released today by Deep Silver. The trailer is a teaser for Deep Island Riptide, the follow-up to Dead Island that is scheduled to arrive on consoles and PC sometime in 2013.
In the trailer, the guitar fades and a somber piano composition takes over. A man and a woman face each other, held close in an embrace, and the man wipes a tear away from the woman’s cheek as she closes her eyes for just a moment in an attempt to block the painful reality. The affection the two people share for one another is obvious, but they don’t permit themselves bright thoughts of the future they hope to share.
The source of their stress quickly becomes apparent. On the opposite side of the dust-flecked glass panes, hands scrape at the grime. Outside of the compartment where the two lovers are saying their farewells, a horde of zombies is about to break through.
When the end finally comes, it does so explosively. The overturned vehicle where the two lovers sought refuge goes up in a ball of propane-fueled flames, taking zombies with it as the music stops and the game’s logo folds silently onto the screen. No audible words have been spoken and no actual gameplay has been revealed, but sometimes two minutes of CGI are enough to communicate everything that’s important. This is maybe one of those times.
Take a moment and watch the video for yourself. We’ve embedded it above for your convenience. Perhaps it will get you excited for the forthcoming release of Dead Island Riptide next year.