Dead Island 2, a zombie action game, has gone through three different studios over the last decade. It was announced in 2014, and many players have missed it from their radar, but maybe they shouldn’t, because apparently the game is going well, and it could be out this year.
So says insider Tom Henderson in a short YouTube video (via VGC), who has spoken with people close to its development, and who say the game is in good shape, and could get an announcement soon with a gameplay trailer.
In addition, they state that they expect the release date for the last quarter of 2022, with the possibility that it will go next year if problems arise in its development. But it looks like it’s coming, and third time’s a charm.
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According to Henderson, the game will take place in an open world distributed in three cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco and an unconfirmed third city in California. It starts with the protagonist on a plane, suffering from a zombie outbreak. The plane crashes in Hollywood, but you manage to survive and now you must survive.
The current Dead Island 2 is being developed by Dambuster Studio and published by THQ Nordic. Dambuster is an in-house team at Deep Silver, who also worked on the 2016 shooter Homefront: The Revolution, and collaborated on the recent space shooter Chorus.
It was originally in development by Yager Productions , and a 2015 version was leaked two years ago. It was announced at E3 2014, with a striking CGI trailer, although it also showed gameplay, as we told you at the time, from the LA Convention Center.
But only a year later, Deep Silver announced that Yager would stop be the developer studio, presumably due to creative discrepancies. Sumo Digital picked it up in 2016 for two years, until Dambuster picked it up in 2019. It’s unclear how much, if any, of the original work has made it into the current version of Dead Island 2.
No Let’s lose hope: Dying Light 2, a saga that was born precisely when Techland refused to make Dead Island 2, also had a long and complex development, but it has finally come out and is being a great success.