MCV is reporting Sumo Digital will take over development of Dead Island 2. The sequel to the survival horror video game has seen a rough development.

Deep Island (the publisher) first tapped Yager Productions to develop the sequel. Ever play Spec Ops: The Line? That was developed by Yager. Deep Silver and Yager parted ways last July. At the time, Yager CEO Timo Ullmann said, “Yager and Deep Silver’s respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which led to the decision that has been made.”

Dead Island 2 was first announced at E3 2014. It skipped E3 2015 with Deep Silver delaying the game to 2016. Fast forward to 2016 and we are just hearing about Sumo Digital taking over development. I’m guessing a 2017 release. Maybe?

Deep Silver isn’t letting another year slip by without something from Dead Island. A Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide collection is coming to Xbox One and PS4 in May. With E3 right around the corner, maybe Deep Silver will give us a sneak peak at Sumo Digital’s vision for Dead Island 2.

Here’s what Dead Island 2 looked like in 2014.

Who is Sumo Digital?

Sumo Digital team

It can be hard keeping up with all the different developers. It’s easy to remember the big studios like Ubisoft, 343 Industries, Blizzard, Sony and others. But what about Sumo Digital? Who are they?

Xbox One owners will instantly recognize one of the games they worked on. Forza Horizon 2. Sumo Digital worked alongside Turn 10 to bring the racer to Xbox One.

Sumo Digital pitching in on AAA games is a common theme for the developer. They helped Media Molecule bring Little Big Planet 3 to life. Disney Infinity 3.0 was developed with their help. And, they are also helping Reagent Games create the next entry in the Crackdown series.

Sumo Digital is no stranger to game development, specifically AAA game development. It will be interesting to watch development progress with the team being the primary developer.

I hope they kill it. I’ve been playing Dying Light: The Following over the past few weeks, and I can’t get enough of open-ended zombie games. Bring it on, Sumo Digital.

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