It has been a hard road for Dead Island 2. First revealed at E3 2014, very little came from publisher Deep Silver after the initial reveal. With no word on the progress of sequel, it wasn’t shocking when it was announced that Dead Island 2 would be delayed until 2016. If a delay wasn’t bad enough, more bad news has hit the internet. Dead Island 2 has lost their developer.
Deep Silver was working with Yager Developments to create the zombie-survival game, but both companies felt that the project “fell out of alignment” with each companies unique vision for the game. Timo Ulmann, managing director of Yager Developments, had this to say: “Our team is made of the best creative minds and tech specialists, who all share a common identity. The team worked with enthusiasm to take Dead Island 2 to a new level of quality. However, Yager and Dead Silver’s respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which lead to the decision that has been made.” Ulmann added that Yager will “focus current efforts on Dreadnought,” a new flight combat simulator with Grey Box.
I personally enjoyed the original Dead Island, bugs and all. However, the sequel, Dead Island Riptide, felt more like an expansion pack DLC than a brand new game. Little was done to fix combat and story flow issues, which left much to be desired. Yager Developments may have added some great ideas to freshen up the formula, but now we will never know. However, Deep Silver still feels that they have a unique vision for the sequel.
“With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve. We will continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life, and we will share further information at a later stage.”
Dead Island 2 is still scheduled for a release in 2016 for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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