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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: "With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve. After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner YAGER. We will continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life, and we will share further information at a later stage." 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?
Steve Bitto posted a article in Industry NewsEarlier today, Deep Silver announced that they would be letting fans decide what to include in the Dead Island 2 Collector's Edition. A survey has been posted on Google Docs listing 28 Dead Island related items and asks fans to rate them from 1 (Do not want) to 5 (I need this!). The most liked options will presumingly be included in the CE. In addition to the usual content items (steelbook, figurines, digital content) there are some really cool, original ideas. Among them are a Dead Island 2 beach towel, a zombie flag of California, a do-it-yourself weapon crafting kit and oh.. a real zombie. While the real zombie might just be a joke, the other options are legitimate and interesting. This is a great way for publishers to bring their fans the best quality content in a collector's edition and sell more of them at the same time. Dead Island 2 releases on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC in Spring 2015. Did you take the survey? What do you want most?