The once-upon-a-time game has also joined the list of titles that have been postponed…
The Dead Island 2 situation is funnier because the game, originally announced at E3 2014, was being worked on by several studios (Yager, then Sumo Digital, then Deep Silver Dambuster Studios). Still, at Gamescom this year, the series started by Techland (whose spiritual sequel was Dying Light, the second part of which officially precedes the Dead Island sequel by more than a year…) was unveiled again. It seemed then that the release date would be on hold. Unfortunately, we were wrong.
Here’s the announcement from Twitter: “We have some important news to share, so let’s rip that band-aid off straight away. We are delaying Dead Island 2—the new release date will be April 28, 2023. The irony of delaying Dead Island 2 is not lost on us, and we are as disappointed as you undoubtedly are. The delay is just 12 short weeks, and development is on the final straight now; we’re going to take the time we need to ensure we can launch a game we’re proud to launch. For those of you who’ve been waiting for years, thank you for hanging in there with us. In the meantime, we will be releasing an exciting new trailer and gameplay at The Dead Island 2 Showcase, which will premiere on December 6 on our Twitch and YouTube channels and the Dead Island website.”
There is a bit of irony: the game has been delayed by Deep Silver several times over the years (and in the process, we’ve gone through a console generation, and Koch Media, which has renamed itself to Plaion, the parent company of Deep Silver, has been acquired by Embracer). So Dead Island 2 is coming on April 28 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC (Epic Games Store) aside from the PlayStation 4/Xbox One duo (will they be cancelled…?).
At least we’ve learned that Dead Island 2 will get a separate stream. We’ll get back to you when they might announce the exact date (because all they said was that it’s coming on December 6).
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