If you've been waiting for an Islanders 2 announcement, you need wait no longer. The Islanders IP has been bought by Swedish holding company Thunderful and its subsidiary Coatsink, and the studios have confirmed that an Islanders sequel and DLC for the original game are in the works.
What do we know about Islanders 2?
In an announcement on the official Coatsink website, Thunderful and Coatsink announce that they've acquired the Islanders IP. The studios, along with developer Grizzly Games, also confirm that Islanders 2 (name not final) is in development, and that you're also getting DLC for both Islanders and Islanders: Console Edition. We don't yet know exactly what form the sequel will take, nor do we know what we can expect from the Islanders DLC, but it's pretty exciting that they're in the works.
Coatsink and Thunderful say they want to hear from you if you've played Islanders and you have ideas for how the game should work. Since Islanders launched, it's received new features like extra buildings and brand new gameplay modes, but now it looks like the devs are thinking of adding more stuff based on fan feedback. The teams are looking into bringing Islanders to more platforms, too, so they want to know which platforms you want to see the game appear on. Over the next few months, new Islanders social media channels will start to appear, so you can get in touch with the publishers that way, or you can head over to the official Coatsink Discord channel to share your ideas. It's an exciting time to be an Islanders fan (as opposed to a New York Islanders fan).
What is Islanders?
Islanders is a calm, cozy, and rather compelling minimalist strategy game that launched back in April 2019. The goal of the game is to build up cities on a series of peaceful islands, but you won't need to worry about the usual resource management or zone allocation of a standard city-builder. Rather, the focus is on kicking back, relaxing, and watching your settlements grow from tiny clusters of buildings into mighty island-spanning metropolises. As Grizzly Games points out, this is "not a blockbuster experience"; it's a bite-sized little slice of Zen calm that serves as a great antidote to stressful city-builders elsewhere.
You can grab Islanders right now on Steam, where it'll set you back just $4.99. It's also available on consoles, and you can play it on current-gen machines via backwards compatibility, too. If you like Islanders, then it's also well worth checking out GrizzlyGames' other title, Superflight. It's a similarly laid-back experience in which you fly around a series of procedurally-generated levels, exploring and trying to beat your highscore (although there's really no pressure to do so). We'll bring you more on further Islanders news as soon as we get it.