Dead Island Riptide is one of the most anticipated video game titles of 2013 – and bookmaker Paddy Power have today revealed the odds of a worldwide zombie apocalypse occurring on 21 December 2012, the day that signifies the end of the Mayan calendar and, for some doomsday theorists, a date that also represents the end of the world.

The odds of a mass zombie outbreak on 21 December 2012 as depicted in theDead Island Riptide video game published by Deep Silver has been set at 2,000/1. Meaning that civilisation as we know is more likely to come to an apocalyptic end as a result of an environmental disaster (1,000/1) or a nuclear holocaust (1,500/1). However, that could be small comfort when you consider that we’re more likely to be overrun by the living dead than colliding with another planetary body like a giant asteroid (3,000/1) or being attacked and conquered by extra-terrestrials (5,000/1).

A Paddy Power spokesperson said “Punters fancying a cheery 2000/1 flutter that the world will end due to zombie apocalypse on December 21st are more than welcome. For those not totally convinced, Paddy Power is also offering 1/1000* that the sun will rise on the 22nd. Either way, someone’s going to win!”

Gamers will be able to take on the zombie hordes once again when Dead Island Riptide is published by Deep Silver on 26 April 2013 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

*Max bet £10, sorry.

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