Dead Island 2 is slowly reaching Duke Nukem Forever levels of delays.
After Techland made the first Dead Island in 2011, they also made Dead Island: Riptide in 2013, and they slowly started to look towards next-gen (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at the time), which they did with Warner by releasing Dying Light in 2015. Dead Island was left without a developer.
At E3 2014, Dead Island 2 was announced with Yager (who had a critically successful, yet barely selling game in 2012 with Spec Ops: The Line) in charge. The initially scheduled Spring 2015 release didn’t happen with a 2016 delay, and a few months later, Deep Silver, the publisher, threw the German developers out of the project. In Spring 2016, Sumo Digital, who worked on LittleBigPlanet 3 (and is currently also doing Crackdown 3, another title with several delays… is it a coincidence?), was announced to be the new developer.
Since then, we have silence yet again, but suddenly, Dead Island’s Twitter account started to advertise a new mobile game called Dead Island: Survivors. Fans had a question, and for a good reason: what about Dead Island 2? The answer follows: „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.” Yeah, but what DID they show from the game since the Sumo Digital takeover? Nothing!
Sumo Digital might not even focus on the development until Crackdown 3 is out early next year on Xbox One and Windows 10…
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.
— Dead Island (@deadislandgame) July 5, 2018