‘Dead Island 2’ Publisher Deep Silver Parts Ways With Developer

By July 14, 2015

Seems as though Dead Island 2 is having a hard time getting off the ground…so to speak.

Since the actual announcement of the game at last year’s E3, and not hearing anything at this year’s E3, this can be viewed in one of two ways: they’re hard at work, or they don’t have squat. But, even if they’re hard at work, you’d think that they would’ve brought something to the table to show fans the game’s progression in the development cycle.

Here’s last year’s extended teaser for the game:

Earlier today, your humble narrator (and the video game industry at-large) received the following email from Deep Silver:

With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve. After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner YAGER. We will continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life, and we will share further information at a later stage.

And that was all she wrote. Cryptic as hell. No one knows why Yager (Spec Ops: The Line) and Deep Silver are no longer BFFs, but I’m sure whatever happened, it’s scandalous as hell and the fur will fly soon enough.

To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of the first Dead Island game — friggin’ having to kill every zombie at a beach resort and being forced to gather things for the survivors? EFF THAT. I’ve never screamed “Get off your ass and HELP ME,” at my TV so much in my entire life. It’s been four years since that game’s release, and the subsequent add-ons released normally doesn’t spell complete doom. But, then again, the last Duke Nukem game took 15 years, four developers and played like s**t.

Here’s what DI2 looked like with Yager at the controls back in 2014:

It’s not looking like Dead Island 2 will meet their 2016 release date, but stranger things have happened; when I know more, you’ll know more.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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