With all of the buzz surrounding Dead Island, publisher Deep Silver needed assistance if they wanted a smooth US and global launch to meet demand. They have just announced that they have teamed up with Square Enix for US distribution:

"Deep Silver and Square Enix, Inc. announced today a collaboration in which Square Enix will be the Americas region distributor for Dead Island™, the highly anticipated zombie action game with role-playing elements for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows-based PCs.

'Square Enix’s impressive distribution and marketing capabilities, combined with their proven success with launching top-notch AAA titles, makes them the absolute best partner for Dead Island,' said Deep Silver Chief Operating Officer Geoff Mulligan. 'We’re thrilled to be partnering with their dedicated and talented team and look forward to collaborating with them in order to bring Dead Island to gamers.'

Developed by Techland, Dead Island combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customization of a vast array of weapons. The engaging survival-focused gameplay aspects are combined with a rich and immersive storyline in which a small group of people find themselves in a tropical paradise turned into total chaos and carnage after a mysterious zombie outbreak. Cut off from the rest of the world, the player’s only chance to survive is to fight to the death and find a way to escape from the island."

Dead Island does not have an official release date, but is expected later this year. If you haven't seen screenshots or the cinematic trailer, check out our previous coverage over here.

Source: Official Press Release