Dead Island 2 Loses Its Developer

Deep Silver has parted ways with Yager; no word yet on which studio will now head up development.


Following Dead Island 2's delay into 2016, publisher Deep Silver on Tuesday announced another major piece of news about the game. The zombie game's developer. Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager, is no longer working on the project.

"With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve," Deep Silver said in a statement. "After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner Yager."

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

Deep Silver did not announce which studio would be taking over development duties.

Dead Island 2 was officially announced during Sony's E3 press conference last summer for PlayStation 4. The game is also coming to Xbox One and PC, but its beta will be held first on PS4.

The game will feature melee combat, role-playing game elements, and "never-before-seen" handcrafted weapons, according to Deep Silver. In Dead Island 2, which is powered by Unreal Engine 4, you'll visit places like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Venice Beach.

There's also "seamless" multiplayer for up to eight players. You can "cooperate, compete, or simply coexist," Deep Silver says. It's all part of this "new-gen multiplayer experience." Finally, Dead Island 2 features a handful of dedicated classes that offer unique gameplay, including the action-focused Berserker and the stealth Hunter.

Dead Island 2 is not the only new Dead Island project in the works. There is also the MOBA Dead Island Epidemic (available now in open beta) and a Dead Island movie, which was recently resurrected.

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