Dead Island 2, the sequel to Techland’s 2011 zombie-bashing survival game, has given us another reminder that it’s not yet dead. In a recent financial presentation to investors, THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors hinted that the game is still being developed.
“Still being worked on. Stay tuned.”
In a financial presentation first spotted by PC Gamer, Lars Wingefors spoke to investors about a wide variety of topics. For the most part, the video is dry investor talk that’s not very interesting to most people. However, around 19 minutes in, Lars gives another hint that Dead Island 2 is still under development. “Dead Island 2 is still being worked on. Stay tuned,” he said. In addition, Lars also hinted at a few projects from their subsidiaries. The companies mentioned include Volition, Coffee Stain Studios, 4A Games, and Warhorse Studios.
We first heard about Dead Island 2 when it was announced back at E3 2014 and set to release Spring 2015. At the time, YAGER, the studio behind Spec Ops: The Line , were developing the sequel. Less than a year later, the game went into limbo when publisher Deep Silver, who also published the original game, dropped YAGER from development. In 2016, Deep Silver brought Sumo Digital on to develop the game, with release plans for that year. From there, progress on Dead Island 2 has been quiet. The last we’ve heard of it was Sumo Digital tweeting that the game was “still a thing.”
As for Techland, the original developers of Dead Island, they’ve gone on to make Dying Light, another zombie game that released in 2015. Dying Light received an expansion, a battle royale-esque spinoff called Dying Light: Bad Blood, and there are plans for Dying Light 2 in the near future. If it comes out before Dead Island 2, it would mean since they’ve left the Dead Island series, Techland managed to release 2 open world zombie action games, one zombie battle royale, and a major expansion pack.
Other than that it’s still under development, we don’t have much on concrete details for Dead Island 2’s development. Stay tuned to learn more.