Banned in China: In certain countries, the logo has been changed with the "I" being a standing zombie instead of a hanging body. The promo for Riptide was shown on Australian TV and its portrayal of suicide had it pulled, and may have contributed to the game receiving an R rating (the first snuck in at MA.) The resin statue of a mutilated woman with the special edition was also cut for Australia.
Doing It for the Art: Given the many intricacies of the game, it's pretty obvious that the game was a labor of love as much as anything else. Dead Island was in development as early as 2007, but had a hard time finding a publisher until Deep Silver picked it up.
Dueling Games: With Left 4 Dead, another 4-player co-op focused first-person zombie shooter. The main difference is that Left 4 Dead is more fast-paced and arcade-like, focusing on large hordes of fast but weak zombies that deal minor damage individually but can be dangerous in large numbers. Dead Island, in contrast, emphasizes melee combat and a Wide Open Sandbox, is slower paced and has RPG elements, and focuses on smaller groups of tougher, more dangerous zombies that can kill you in just a few hits.
Name's the Same: Moresby is a real town in Papua New Guinea where the game is obstinately based. It's less developed than portrayed, not having running water, medical supplies, a school, and corruption is worse than the crime.
Vaporware: Until the "little girl trailer" came out, it was assumed to be this. The first trailer was released in 2007, promising a 2008 release date... and not a peep from the developers for four years after that.