It’s been a long time since we last heard anything about Dead Island 2. As a fan of the franchise, even I was surprised to remember that Dead Island 2 was something that was even supposed to be released, considering it was supposed to launch back n 2015.
First unveiled by Yager back at E3 2014, news on the game has since been scarce, and with lots of developmental changes happening behind the scenes, Dead Island 2 seemed to be disappearing faster than a decaying corpse in the tropical sun.
Dead Island was originally developed by TechLand, before its many ideas ended up being turned into the Dying Light series.
After Dead Island 2 failed to make its planned release of 2015, publisher Deep Silver and developer Yager parted ways. THQ Nordic, Deep Silver’s parent company, then passed the Dead Island torch to Sumo Digital, developer of titles like Little Big Planet 3 and Sonic Racing. Probably two of the least zombie-fuelled games in existence.
Yager went on to file for insolvency over the game being pulled.
Then, all went quiet, apart from one final reminder almost 12 months ago that the game was still being worked on. All in all, it didn’t look too hopeful for Dead Island 2.
However, it now seems that the project might not be as dead as we thought, as THQ has confirmed – again – it’s not giving up on Dead Island 2.
During a recent financial presentation, the company assured its investors that the zombie game is still in development, though THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors didn’t give away anything more than that.
There are currently 80 games in the works for THQ Nordic, and we know 48 of them, leaving huge scope for some exciting surprise announcements somewhere down the line.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing something of Dead Island 2 at E3 2019, which is now just a few weeks away from kicking off.
E3 2019 begins June 11.
Featured Image Credit: THQ Nordic