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18 December 2012 – Hampshire, UK/...
Dead Island Riptide – one of the most anticipated
video game titles of 2013 – and bookmaker Paddy Power have
today revealed the odds of a worldwide zombie apocalypse occurring
on 21 December 2012, the day that signifies the end of the Mayan
calendar and, for some doomsday theorists, a date that also
represents the end of the world.
The odds of a mass zombie outbreak on 21 December 2012 as
depicted in the
Dead Island Riptide video game published by Deep Silver
has been set at 2,000/1. Meaning that civilisation as we know is
more likely to come to an apocalyptic end as a result of an
environmental disaster (1,000/1) or a nuclear holocaust (1,500/1).
However, that could be small comfort when you consider that
we’re more likely to be overrun by the living dead than
colliding with another planetary body like a giant asteroid
(3,000/1) or being attacked and conquered by extra-terrestrials
A Paddy Power spokesperson said:
“Punters fancying a cheery 2000/1 flutter that the world
will end due to zombie apocalypse on December 21st are more than
welcome. For those not totally convinced, Paddy Power is also
offering 1/1000* that the sun will rise on the 22nd. Either way,
someone’s going to win!”
Gamers will be able to take on the zombie hordes once again
Dead Island Riptide is published by Deep Silver on 26
April 2013 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system,
for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft and for Windows PC.
*Max bet £10, sorry.
About Dead Island Riptide
Having survived the ordeals of the zombie infestation on the
once beautiful island resort of Banoi depicted in the original Dead
Island game, our group of survivors thought they had finally found
a safe place to escape from this terrifying nightmare. But they
were wrong. Shortly after the battle-hardened team had landed their
helicopter on a military ship, a furious storm hits and havoc
quickly spreads on board. Suddenly they find themselves struggling
for their lives again with all hope drowning in the rising
With invigorating new elements infused into a proven mix, Dead
Island Riptide will reanimate the zombie terror in the original
game. A monsoon has hit the once beautiful archipelago and heavy
rainstorms have laid waste to large areas of the islands. The city
of Henderson and jungle areas on the island of Palanai were flooded
leaving boats as the only remaining way of transportation. Dynamic
weather conditions will force the team members to adapt to changing
In new hub defense missions the coop teamplay skills of the
survivors will be tested to the limit – they need to
strategically place traps, fences and turrets to fend off oncoming
Zombie onslaughts and to protect the humans in these sanctuaries.
New communication features in coop mode also allow players to enjoy
an even more intense and strategic teamplay experience.
For more information, visit one of the following official Dead
UK & Ireland press contact for Dead Island:
Dead Good Media
+44 (0)7780 600 728
About Deep Silver
Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all
platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who
have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep
Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success
while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on
what the customer desires.
Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003,
including own brands like the critically acclaimed zombie action
franchise Dead Island, action role-playing games from the Sacred
world, successful adventures such as the Secret Files series and
the role-playing realms of Risen. Deep Silver has announced
upcoming highlights such as Sacred 3 and Dead Island Riptide. For
more information please visit
Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital
entertainment products (software, games and films). The company's
own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend
throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than
18 years of experience in the digital media distribution business,
and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It
has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and
software publishers: Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, Paradox Entertainment,
Sega, Square Enix, Tecmo-Koei, THQ, and System 3 etc. in various
European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near
Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England,
France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions,
Benelux and the USA.
About Paddy Power
Paddy Power is a leading business in the betting and gaming
sector with over 300+ shops in the UK and Ireland, rapidly
expanding mobile and online channels, as well as gaming and B2B
ventures across Europe and Australia.
Paddy Power takes an unconventional approach to betting and
gaming within the industry, offering customers an unparalleled
experience based on providing maximum entertainment and value.
Headquartered in Dublin, Paddy Power is publicly quoted on both the
Irish and London Stock Exchanges.