Dead Island 2: back in development at new studio

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10 Mar 2016 - 21:10

Following a stint in development hell, Dead Island 2 is back in development at Sumo Digital...

Latest news: zombie-based action RPG Dead Island 2 has already had a strange and unfortunate history. Passed over by Techland, the studio behind the original Dead Island, the sequel was handed instead to Yager Development, the developer that brought us the philosophical blaster Spec Ops: The Line. Then Yager had a mysterious creative disagreement with its publisher Deep Silver in 2015. As a result, Yager sadly filed for insolvency just months later.

The good news for Dead island fans is that the sequel is still very much alive. MCV has revealed that development on the game has passed over to the UK's Studio Digital, previously known for its work on the ports of such games as OutRun 2 and Disney Infinity 3.0. 

“It just made perfect sense for us to move the project to [Sumo]," Koch Media boss Dr Klemens Kundratitz told MCV. "We will reveal more details at a later stage, but for now I’d like to say that we are obviously super excited about the progress that we are making with them.”

As for Sumo, they've said they're "looking forward to exceeding fan expectation with an ambitious design that we're confident will take bone-crunching, visceral, zombie action to a whole new level."

More news on this as we get it.

Dead Island 2 gets gruesome trailer

Looking more like a first person Dead Rising, the second proper outing of Deep Silver's Dead Island isn't going to be afraid of going over the top on the blood-spilling front. The new trailer for the game demonstrates the myriad ways player will be able to take out the undead in the lush climes of California.

Hammers, machetes, maces, guns, hedge trimmers and more can be used to turn zombies into so much finely tenderised giblet meat, and it's all presented in full current gen loveliness, the kind that delights in covering your screen with finely-rendered blood, gore and bone. Tasty.

The original Dead Island was a surprise, being very enjoyable, and a unique mixture of Left 4 Dead and Borderlands, but it had plenty of faults. Let's hope Dead Island 2 addresses these, and polishes the title into what could well be the best zombie apocalypse title yet. Have a look at the trailer yourself and see what you think.

Dead Island 2 is set to arrive in spring 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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