Dead Island 2 is having a rough development cycle; originally set to launch earlier this year, the game was hit with a 2016 delay and became a no-show at E3, where it was announced during the year before. Now news has broke that the game’s publisher, Deep Silver, and the team developing, Yager, have parted ways.
A reprisentive from Yager released this statement late yesterday.
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.
No further information was released as of why this decision was made or what it means for Dead Island 2. We do know that Deep Silver is still looking to release the game in the near future as elsewhere in the email Deep Silver promised to “continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life.”
Personally, it is never good sign when a developer leaves a game for any reason, and given the track record with the Dead Island series, which the last game in the series Escape from Dead Island was received poorly by both fans and critics. Yager’s version of Dead Island included a more comedic look at slaying zombies which looked to give the series new breath.