Dead Island's Infestation Spreads to PlayStation Home

The zombie strain that strikes the vacationers on Dead Island is so virulent that even advertising the game results in a full-on undead plague, as European PlayStation Home users will discover shortly before the game launches in September.

PlayStation 3 owners will start feeling the effects of the Dead Island infection shortly before the game launches on September 6 in North America, September 9 in Europe. It'll all start with a few zombies shambling through the Home Square. Apparently those zombies will be landscapers and building contractors, because soon enough visitors will find themselves wandering about a recreation of the island of Banoi's Royal Palms Resort.

Then the mini-games start.

Up to four players will be able to take-on a Dead Island-themed challenge in which they must craft weapons and utilize special abilities to repel the zombie horde. Completing all 10 challenges will earn a player a special in-game item for the game proper, something called "exploding meat." Mmm.

Players can also get their picture taken with a zombie, take on a zombie survival quiz for fabulous Home prizes, or preorder the game directly from Home-based kiosks, scoring an exclusive in-game "Exploding Zombie Outfit" for their trouble.

The key element to take away here is that the PlayStation Home Dead Island experience will lead directly to in-game exclusives that can't be found anywhere else. That's a rather aggressive way to get folks to give Sony's virtual playground a try.

Update: This is both U.S. and Europe. Updated the story to reflect this!

Dead Island's Infestation Spreads to PlayStation Home

Dead Island's Infestation Spreads to PlayStation Home

Dead Island's Infestation Spreads to PlayStation Home

Dead Island's Infestation Spreads to PlayStation Home