Dead Island 2 Returns to Life at Sumo Digital

Dead Island 2 Returns to Life at Sumo Digital

With Yager out of the picture, Dead Island 2 moves to a new studio.

Sumo Digital is the new developer of Deep Silver's Dead Island 2, according to a report by MCV. The UK-based studio has previously worked for larger publishers handling ports and offering additional development on recent and upcoming titles like Disney Infinity 3.0, Forza Horizon 2, and Crackdown 3. Sumo Digital has also developed games like LittleBigPlanet 3, Xbox Fitness, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

"Sumo showed so much understanding of the brand, had creative ideas and an excellent, vision that was aligned with our own," Koch Media CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz told MCV. (Koch Media is the parent company of Deep Silver.) "It just made perfect sense for us to move the project to them. We will reveal more details at a later stage, but for now I'd like to say that we are obviously super excited about the progress that we are making with them."

"It's an honour to be charged with the evolution of such an important franchise in Deep Silver's catalogue," said Sumo COO Paul Porter. "We're looking forward to exceeding fan expectation with an ambitious design that we're confident will take bone-crunching, visceral, zombie action to a whole new level."

Dead Island 2 was first announced during E3 2014 with a CG trailer and Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager at the helm. In July of last year, Yager was pulled off the game by Deep Silver after three years of development.

"Our team is made of the best creative minds and tech specialists, who all share a common identity," Yager managing director Timo Ullmann told GI.biz 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 led to the decision that has been made."

Yager filed for insolvency due to the loss of the Dead Island 2 project. The German studio is currently working on multiplayer ship-based shooter Dreadnought for Grey Box.

In the meantime, Deep Silver is offering Dead Island: Definitive Collection by original Dead Island developer Techland. The Definitive Edition includes Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, and new standalone 16-bit game Dead Island: Retro Revenge. The remastered Dead Island is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on May 31, 2016. And if you're really feeling the zombie bug, Techland is also the developer of Dying Light, which recently saw the release of its first DLC, The Following.

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