Dead Island 2 Still Shambling, Says Deep Silver

Dead Island 2 Still Shambling, Says Deep Silver

You may have forgotten it, but Deep Silver says it's still in development.

We haven't heard anything about Dead Island 2 in more than a year, but Deep Silver insists that the game is still in development. Sumo Digital, the studio behind LittleBigPlanet 3, Xbox Fitness, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, is currently handling the title, but the studio and publisher have been mum since the new status quo was announced in March of 2016.

"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," Deep Silver told Eurogamer when asked about the title.

Dead Island 2 is the sequel to Deep Silver's successful zombie action game. The first game was developed by Techland, who went off on its own to develop and release the parkour-heavy zombie game Dying Light. Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager was signed to work on the sequel and the game was announced at E3 2014.

At some point, Yager and Deep Silver disagreed on the direction of the game, causing the publisher to pull the game from the studio. Sumo Digital was announced as the game's new developer shortly afterward.

"Yager and Deep Silver's respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which led to the decision that has been made," Yager managing director Timo Ullmann said in July 2015.

"Sumo showed so much understanding of the brand, had creative ideas and an excellent, vision that was aligned with our own. It just made perfect sense for us to move the project to them," Koch Media CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz said during the reveal last year.

The game was initially planned for Spring 2015 release. It currently has no release date.

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