The Dead Island 2 release date has been brought forward by a week to celebrate the game finally going gold. Deep Silver and Dambuster Studios will now release the long-awaited open-world zombie action RPG on April 21st. You're just showing off now, Deep Silver.
The release date move was announced via a rather cheeky tweet on the official Dead Island Twitter account. The tweet is accompanied by a video which shows lots of disgruntled user comments complaining about delays and polish, before revealing that Dead Island 2 "is now gold...and out earlier". Touche, Deep Silver. Touche.
In responding to a Twitter user asking why the game has been moved forward a week, Deep Silver says "we've all been waiting for too long". It's hard to disagree with that sentiment; Dead Island 2 was announced all the way back in 2014, so when it does finally launch, we'll have been waiting almost nine years.
Originally, Dead Island 2 was being worked on by Yager, creators of Spec Ops: The Line. In 2015, however, Yager left the project. Sumo Digital announced in 2016 that it had taken over work on Dead Island 2, but development changed hands yet again in 2019 to British outfit Dambuster Studios. Since then, development appears to have remained relatively consistent.
A Dead Island 2 release date was eventually announced at Gamescom 2022, with the game then slated to arrive in January 2023. However, Deep Silver and Dambuster subsequently delayed the game to April 28th, citing a need for additional development time. It looks like the two studios are pretty confident that Dead Island 2 is finally done now, though; the game going gold and getting brought forward by a week suggests there won't be any more delays.
Dead Island 2 is now slated to launch on PlayStation consoles, Xbox platforms, and PC via the Epic Games Store on April 21st. Here's hoping it was worth the wait. Stay tuned to TechRaptor for more info on the game.