Dead Island 2 is Somehow Still in Development Confirms THQ Nordic


Remember Dead Island 2? Deep Silver’s follow-up to last-generation’s Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide? Well, after being first revealed all the way back in 2014 only for news surrounding the project to essentially flatline, apparently, Dead Island 2 is still alive and kicking and is set to release at some point down the road.

In a recent financial call going over the publisher’s earnings from the past quarter, THQ Nordic, the owner of Deep Silver and the Dead Island IP, looked to the future and talked about some of the upcoming titles that it has in the pipeline. In the process, Dead Island 2 specifically was mentioned by the company’s CEO Lars Wingefors. “Dead Island 2 is still being worked on. Stay tuned,” was all that Wingefors had to say about the project though before moving on.

It’s also worth noting that during THQ Nordic’s presentation, Dead Island 2 was still slated to come to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This means that if the game is actually going to release, you’d imagine it’ll come out before we make the jump to next-gen hardware, which many expect to occur in fall 2020. Still, with how long this title has been in supposed development hell, it’s really hard to make any judgments on when it will finally release.

I’m just hoping that assuming Dead Island 2 does eventually end up coming out, it’ll be even halfway decent. More often than not, games that are trapped in development like this end up being less-than-stellar once they finally hit store shelves. Maybe this won’t be the case here, but I definitely can’t say I have a lot of hope in whatever this final product of Dead Island 2 will be.

If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll finally hear more about Dead Island 2 next month at E3 2019, but I wouldn’t cross my fingers too much given the track record for this game.

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Sumo Digital: “Dead Island 2 is Still Coming” Despite Lack of News


It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard anything about Dead Island 2. As in, the last substantial piece of news on the survival zombie game was in 2015 when the troubled title picked up a new developer. However, both Sumo Digital and publisher Deep Silver seem determined to assuage fan fears that the game is in development hell.

After plugging the upcoming Dead Island mobile game (Dead Island: Survivors) some more-aggravated members of the community sounded off, asking on the status of Dead Island 2.

The underscoring message of this tweet is obviously that they understand that the wait for more information is not pleasant, but the game is still in development.

With that said, there is no wonder that some fans have reasonable concerns over the game. The game was initially announced at E3 2014, with the Spec Ops: The Line developers Yager Development at the helm instead of the original Dead Island developers, Techland. Despite a Spring 2015 release date, the game was delayed into 2016 citing setbacks on development goals.

Delays are not nearly the sign of poor development health that they once were, so things didn’t strike fans as odd until publisher Deep Silver dropped Yager Development from the project altogether. While little was known about the specific issues, Yager later went on record citing creative differences with the publisher over Dead Island 2. Following the departure, Sumo Digital — the creators of LittleBigPlanet 3 and Crackdown 3 — were drafted to finish up the project. However, little news of the game has permeated since then.

Dead Island 2 will supposedly be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime in the future, however we will have to wait for more news to know when. If you want to support the development or liked the early trailers, feel free to put your money down on a pre-order via Amazon.


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