Original Dead Island Developer Explains Why It's Making Dying Light Instead of Dead Island 2

"There were a lot of moments where we would disagree on the creative vision of the project."

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Polish developer Techland, which created the first Dead Island, is making another open-world, first-person zombie game, but it isn't called Dead Island 2. Instead, it's making a similar game under a new IP, Dying Light, and a new publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

According to Techland game designer Maciej Binkowski, the developer didn't stick with Dead Island because of its relationship with publisher Deep Silver. "They had a lot of ideas about how they wanted to run the franchise," he told Eurogamer in an interview. "Even with Dead Island there were a lot of moments where we would disagree on the creative vision of the project, so this might have been one of the factors."

Binkowski said that Dead Island was Techland's idea, but the Deep Silver has owned the rights to it since the beginning because it was the best deal the developer could get at the time.

As to the similarities between Dead Island 2 and Dying Light, Binkowski doesn't sound concerned. "They're out to create something different: it's Dead Island, it's a different experience," he said. "It's all very colourful and I guess kind of goofy. So I think we're pretty safe, because our game is much more mature and dark, and we're aiming at different unique features such as freedom of movement [and] the day-night cycle."

Dead Island 2 is being made by Spec Op: The Line developer Yager and is set to release spring 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Dying Light's release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC was recently moved up to January 27 in North America, January 28 in Australia, and January 30 in Europe and Asia.

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Dying light for me

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Both for me. Let ALL zombies in!

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Honestly, Dead Island 2 sounds like it will be more fun. The game is being rebuilt from the ground up. Given how many problems the first had, it probably needed the new treatment, plus "goofy" seems to be the only way to make classes play differently. Dying Light looks so similar to Dead Island that I swear the AI for the zombies looks exactly the same except now there is some parkour.

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"It's all very colourful and I guess kind of goofy. So I think we're pretty safe, because our game is much more mature and dark..."

That's...kind of an immature thing to say.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> What? People on the internet have lost the meaning of the word immature. In no way that statement you quoted is immature.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Sure it is. He's taking a snarky off-hand potshot at Deep Silver while simultaneously touting his own maturity. How is that not like some pouty teenager?

(Not particularly interested in either game, just couldn't help but notice that one bit in his interview.)

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> watch the teaser trailer for dead island 2, it really is colourful and cartoony looking... he's not just pulling that out of his ass to have a shot at deep silver..

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I think he was just trying to separate their games by tone. I do see what you mean though.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's entirely possible. The way he worded it just made it sound like a disparagement.

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I'm excited for both, I like what Dying Light is doing with their MP, the 4 player co-op, being able to invade other peoples games at night time as a hunter. And I like what Dead Island 2 is doing with 8 players in their game world. Each game will have a unique experience.

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Have to say Dying light looks way more interesting, so I think they made the right choice!

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Not interested in Dead Island but i am in Dying Light just hope the FOV is not terrible like all of the games they make.

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Looking forward to both games.

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Looking forward to this.

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looking forward for both Dead Island 2 and Dying Light. Goofy mindless zombie mashing in DI2, and serious dark and mature Dying Light

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2 more games even better, dying light is insta buy in january

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Well I'm glad Techland left Deep Silver and pursuit there own Dead Island like game which is Dying Light. Dying Light looks much better then Dead Island 2 from the trailers I seen and it's nice that Techland move the release date to January 27 which is good cause GTAV PC is also on January 27 so I'll pick both of these games up :-D

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<< LINK REMOVED >> i thought PC Gamers don't care about GTA V after the delay :)

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Only console fanboys and the PC masterbaters care about delays. Real gamers will get every system that has games they are interested in, which means no waiting and no signing petitions.

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Honestly, I'm just mostly into my consoles then my PC. My PC is primarily use for PC game exclusive and very little 3rd party games. Also I'm a patient man.

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