Dead Island 2 was initially announced last year with little more than a pre-rendered trailer to tease the reveal. Unfortunately, you'll likely not be hearing too much about it anytime soon.
In a statement to the press, Deep Silver has announced that they have cut ties with the game's developer, YAGER, saying:
It would seem Deep Silver was not enthusiastic about YAGER's work on the game, or perhaps there were creative conflicts and possibly other factors involved. Though the publisher looks to be committed to seeing the game to its completion, it will need to find another developer to helm the project, which means it could be another year or two before we hear about a release date; possibly more if the project needs to start from scratch again.
YAGER is best known for their work on Spec-Ops: The Line, a game that was praised for its deep storytelling though many media outlets found its gameplay to be a mixed-bag. The first Dead Island and its stand-alone expansion Dead Island: Riptide were developed by Techland, though they most recently worked on Dying Light for WB Interactive, which released earlier this year.
Might Techland step back in and save Dead Island 2? Only time will tell now.
Source: Press Release
Are you surprised to hear that Deep Silver cut ties with Dead Island 2's developer?