To say that Dead Island 2 has had a troubled development cycle is a huge understatement. The first numbered sequel to Dead Island was announced way back in 2014. At that time, it was being brought to life by Jager Development, following their work on Spec Ops: The Line.
At a recent investor call with THQ Nordic, CEO Lars Wingefors reiterated that Dead Island 2 was still in development. The thing is, the last we knew was that Sumo Digital had taken over from Yager in 2016. However, Sumo Digital are no longer in charge, and the baton has passed onto Dambuster studios.
Dambuster studios’ last title was the promising but flawed Homefront: The Revolution, which incidentally was caught up in its own development troubles. Whether their experience shipping that game was reason enough for THQ Nordic to call them in is unknown. We’re not sure whether previous work on the game will be taken forward to the new studio, but we hope Dambuster can finally make Dead Island 2 a reality.
In the same amount of time that Dead Island 2 has been in flux, the original game’s developers have launched a new franchise. Dying Light released in 2014, and the sequel is due out next year from Techland.
Are you still interested in Dead Island 2?