The game's weird history adds another chapter.
Dead Island 2 development is ongoing, THQ Nordic has today confirmed.
Here’s a bit of a history lesson if you’re unfamiliar: Dead Island 2 was first announced at E3 2014 — I fondly remember checking it out at the conference that very same year. A year later, IP owner Deep Silver dropped developer Yager; at one time Dying Light‘s Techland was rumoured to be attached to the project.
In mid-2016, Sumo Digital was confirmed as the game’s new developer… and then the game dropped off the face of the planet. That’s largely because the Dead Island franchise was acquired in early 2018 by THQ Nordic when it took over Deep Silver’s parent company, Koch Media. This new announcement marks the first time we’ve heard of the game since.
“Dead Island 2 is still being worked on. Stay tuned,” said THQ Nordic CEO, Lars Wingefors, rather matter-of-factly. No further questions were entertained during the financials call the revelation was made in.
It’s as yet unclear if Sumo Digital is attached to the project; we’ll have more on Dead Island 2 as it becomes available.