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Dead Island: Riptide gets fifth playable character, town of Henderson revealed

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Dead Island: Riptide's return to Techland's open world zombie action survival series will bring with it the ability to take charge of not just the original game's cast of four survivors, but a fifth character: John Morgan, a Navy cook who is a master of hand-to-hand combat.

Morgan becomes entwined in the events of Dead Island: Riptide when the Navy boat he is serving approaches the island of Palanai in the Banoi archipelago, where the game takes place, according to a press release.

Publisher Deep Silver also revealed that the town of Henderson will be one of the new locations in the upcoming game, which takes place on a monsoon-ravaged island in the same archipelago as the original game.

"Henderson is situated on the island of Palanai in the once beautiful Banoi archipelago," according to the press release. "Palanai caters to ultra-wealthy yacht owners and eco-tourists looking to stay nearby to the island's untouched jungle. Palanai's center is the luxurious town of Henderson that has grown into a Mediterranean-looking port town.

"After a monsoon has laid waste the Banoi archipelago the city lies partially flooded and its abandoned buildings are quickly falling into disrepair. The team of heroes will have to find high ground in order to steer clear of the waters, where unknown threats lurk beneath the deceptively calm surface. "

Dead Island: Riptide hits PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on April 23, 2013 and European countries three days later.