Dead Island 2 hasn’t had an easy production cycle. First announced in 2014, Yager was set to develop it. The studio is mainly known for producing Spec Ops: The Line. However, they didn’t last long. Publisher Deep Silver announced in 2015 that Yager had been dropped.
That being said, however, it would take another while for a new developer to be brought on. It was a year later that the publisher announced Sumo Digital would take over development. However, there hasn’t been much news about the sequel since then. Techland, who developed the original game, has been busy with the likes of Dying Light.
Dead Island 2 Production
That doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been any production on the game. It just hasn’t been very visible. Deep Silver stated that it was still in development last year, but they didn’t confirm anything else at the time. However, last week Dead Island: Survivors was announced. That doesn’t mean it’s a sequel, though. In fact, it’s a mobile spinoff.
That brought into question the state of Dead Island 2. Many took to Twitter in order to question the publishers. And Deep Silver still aren’t giving away many details. However, one thing that they did say is that it’s still in production. On Twitter, the publishers said:
“What’s going on is that it’s in development and we won’t be showing more until we’re ready. Appreciate the wait is painful, but Dead Island 2 is still coming.”
So, it’s still not much more than what we knew four years ago. When Yager left the production, it was put down to “conflicting visions.” CEO Timo Ullman said at the time:
“The team worked with enthusiasm to take Dead Island 2 to a new level of quality. However, Yager and Deep Silver’s respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which has led to the decision that has been made.”
Source: Deep Silver Twitter.