What will happen to Dead Island 2? It’s a question many gamers are asking themselves today. Yesterday, Deep Silver announced it dropped Yager as the developer of Dead Island 2. The title had already been announced for more than a year and was being developed for even longer.


Deep Silver released a short statement:

“With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve. After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner Yager.”

“We will continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life, and we will share further information at a later stage.”

Yager expanded on the exact reason today in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz.

“The team worked with enthusiasm to take Dead Island 2 to a new level of quality. However, Yager and Deep Silver’s respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which led to the decision that has been made,” said Timo Ullmann, managing director of Yager Development.

That had to be one major clash in visions. You don’t typically see developers dropped after working on a game for several years.

Yager is best known for Spec Ops: The Line, a third-person shooter released in 2012. Gameplay wise, Spec Ops was nothing special. It was your typical third-person shooter. But, it’s narrative and story themes won over many critics and gamers.

Spec Ops: The Line

The Dead Island 2 we won’t play

One thing that is interesting with this news is we already have a good bit of footage of Dead Island 2. The two videos below show how Dead Island 2 was shaping up before the developer was dropped.

As for Yager? They’re still working on a space sim called Dreadnaught. Ullman says for us to stayed tuned for Gamescom.

“Gamescom will be awesome.”

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