2014 was a simpler time. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One's library was still mostly made up of last generation ports. Nintendo's Wii U appeared to be getting it's second sales wind with Mario Kart 8. And Yager Development excitedly announced their upcoming first person zombie title, Dead Island 2.
Now four years later and a switch to developer Sumo Digital, the game hasn't been seen in action since July of 2015. And yet, much like it's zombie hordes, Dead Island 2's progress has slowly continued while appearing visibly dead. Leading many fans to directly question the current state of the project.
Earlier this week, the official Dead Island twitter produced a trailer for the newly released mobile tower defense spin-off, Dead Island: Survivors. Unimpressed by the series new direction Twitter user @gamergirldelux complained "Don't care not dead island 2 quit bouncing around the subject and tell us what's going on. The longer the wait the more pissed off fans get. Especially with the same copy and paste answer"
Responding to the alleged evasion, the Dead Island account responded "What's going on is that it's in development and we won't be showing more until we're ready. Appreciate the wait is painful, but Dead Island 2 is still coming." Before following up with another concerned user saying "It's still on the way. Dead Island: Survivors was created by a different developer, so there was no impact on Dead Island 2 development." and concluding with "Yes, we will be showing more on this. Make sure you're following us for updates."
So there you have it. Dead Island 2 remains in development.
In related news, Dead Island 1 developer Techland revealed their own sequel Dying Light 2 during E3 with a tenative 2019 release date. Will Dead Island 2 beat Dying Light 2 to retail? Place your bets now.