Dead Island Riptide is certainly now more famous for its grotty "special" edition statuette than anything in the game itself. Which might be why we're now seeing the first ever footage. A dev-narrated video shows the game in pre-alpha, disappointingly on 360.
I'll never get that. You've got a version of your first-person game running in a far higher resolution, with a million billion more graphicsability, and you show the sludgy, tearing, controller-driven Vaseline-fest instead. Madness. Anyway, you can see the not-actually-controversial game running, below.
The addition of boats doesn't quite scream NEW FRESH GAME! But then Dead Island was a lot of fun, so more of the same is by no means a bad thing. And defending a base is always a good time if it's well implemented. But oh, those dreaded words at 6.40. If fellow survivors die in an attack, you fail the mission. Why? WHY?! About which game has anyone ever said, "I enjoyed it, but I wish I'd had to ensure the wobbly, uncontrollable AI didn't suicidally walk into the line of fire."? NONE! NONE GAMES!
So, there it is. Looking very pretty, and pretty similar. Tempted?