After a surprise announcement three years ago at E3 2014, things have since fallen apart for Dead Island 2 over the past couple of years. Without any news appearing over the past year for the open world zombie title, most assumed the game slipped into some sort of development hell or even quietly cancelled by publisher Deep Silver. According to recent reports however, it appears that the troubled open world title is still progressing along under the radar.
When asked for an update on Dead Island 2 considering the lengthy time between announcements, a statement from Deep Silver was provided as follows:
Dead Island 2 is in development at Sumo Digital, and we are excited by the progress the team are making with Deep Silver’s most successful IP. When we are ready to share more information, we will.
Originally scheduled for release back in 2015, relations between Deep Silver and developer Yager Productions quickly fell apart ultimately resulting in the game being pulled from the developer entirely and the contract between the two companies cancelled. The loss of work was catastrophic for Yager who had no choice but to file for insolvency soon after, though things have started to improve once again for the studio.
After relative quiet for a year, it was then announced that UK studio and former LittleBigPlanet 3 developer, Sumo Digital had been tasked with taking over the project. Unfortunately for fans, that’s where the news regarding Dead Island 2 stops, though with E3 a little over a month away, it’s possible Deep Silver is planning on revealing the work that has taken place over the past year.
What are you hoping to see from the game at this point? Would you like to see the lighter tone kept intact? Let us know below in the comments.
Dead Island 2 currently does not have a release date, but it is expected to launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.