After a decade of waiting, Dead Island 2 is finally here and of course, everyone wants to know if the zombie-slaying game’s map is open world or not.


The original game featured large open districts to explore, with new areas hidden behind a short loading screen. We’d call it a semi-open world. Does the new game follow that same formula, or has it expanded into a fully open world title?

With multiple regions to explore, the map in this sequel is a large one, and we’ll detail all of that below.

Keep on reading to find out everything there is to know about the Dead Island 2 map, including whether it is open world or not, and to see the complete list of HELL-A’s regions.

Is Dead Island 2 open world?

Dead Island 2 is not open world. Instead, the game has a number of explorable neighbourhoods.

Each neighbourhood is fully explorable but is locked behind a loading screen. That being said, it should still offer plenty of freedom to explore the streets of a zombie-infested LA as you’d like.

This isn’t a game like GTA V or The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but that doesn’t matter.

You’ll find that each area is chock-full of things to discover, including story missions, side quests, locked rooms, and more. There is plenty to be getting on with, despite it not being an open world map – trust us.

Just take a look at its list of trophies/achievements to get an idea of how much there is to do in the game.

List of Dead Island 2 regions

In total, there are 10 different regions to explore on the Dead Island 2 map. Each one should be full of zombies to slay, missions to complete, and more.

The complete list of Dead Island 2 regions is as follows:

  • Bel-Air
  • Beverly Hills
  • Brentwood Sewer
  • Halperin Hotel
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Monarch Studios
  • Ocean Avenue
  • The Metro
  • The Pier
  • Venice Beach

Each of the neighbourhoods listed above will contain story missions, side quests, journals to collect, and more than enough zombies to cater to your blood-spilling lust. What did those poor, hapless zombies do to you?

Now get out there and fight your way through HELL-A.

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