Yager Studios no Longer Working on Dead Island 2

Publisher Deep Silver and developer Yager Studios is parting ways, leaving Dead Island 2 with no developer on board.
  1. Sparfire
    Deep Silver revealed their plans for Dead Island 2 at E3 in 2014, with a scheduled release in 2015. Development was assigned to Yager Studios, as the previous developer of the franchise, Polish Techland Studios, moved on to work with Warner Bros. on another game in the same genre, Dying Light. A few months back, publisher Deep Silver announced that the release would be pushed back to 2016, stating that "We have decided we didn't reach that goal we set out to achieve quite yet." Today they announce another setback for the hack-and-slash Zombie-killing sequel. Developer Yager Studios are no longer on board.

    "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."

    There is no explanation given as to why this decision has been made, or how this will affect the game apart from the subtle hints in the statement. However, they do confirm that the game is still being made:

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

    This information will most likely give us an update on which development studio gets to take over the development, and whether or not they will be able to make the planned release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One some time in 2016.

    Update: Yager Studios has issued a statement to explain the sudden change:

    "Our team is made of the best creative minds and tech specialists who all share a common identity, 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."

    Source: Polygon

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  1. Master
    This could either be good or bad. As always, it all depends on the reviews later.
      Dramatic Rebel likes this.
  2. coolbunnymodz
    Now that sucks, I was looking forward to a game similar to Dying Light, as I was hoping for Dead Island to take some notes from its original studios developers most recent zombie game.
  3. Phantom Menace
    People still play Dead Island?

      DeathRGH likes this.
    1. _ _
      I've seen a few around.
  4. BlackFlag
    Hope they find another Developer, I was looking forward to this game!!! :cry:
      Incorporated likes this.
  5. Joshy
    I want to get this one, haven't played zombies in a while.
  6. televisedfool
    it's happening alot now.. Companies parting ways with each other, games left in limbo mid way through development. Maybe that video game industry crash is closer then we think.
    1. Skype
      I was going to post the same thing lol.
    2. mikec28
  7. Arxhive
    This is the literal definition of up a creek without a paddle.
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  8. Skype
    Really? I have been a big fan of Dead Island since it came out. I am really bummed out, but if they can bring this baby back to life, this will be awesome!
      ProverbsIV likes this.
  9. Wavy
    Another example of companies going separate ways... I hope it does not effect the title too bad. Can't say whether this disappoints me or not, because I am not exactly sure what the specifics are that each company did to contribute. I just hope the title turns out well!
    1. Skype
      I know right, what is up with all these companies leaving games.
    2. _ _
      Same with Rockstar, Hopefully they both find good leads.