Dead Island 2 Loses Developer Yager


There’s trouble in paradise. While for the Dead Island franchise that usually means a zombie outbreak, the real world news broke yesterday that publisher Deep Silver was dropping the development studio for the upcoming sequel, Dead Island 2.

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“After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner Yager,” the company announced in a press release. “We will continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life.

The company did not say which studio would take over development, only that they would have more information “at a later stage” adding that they have “always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve.”

For its part, developer Yager said that the move was a mutual decision based on a difference of opinion over the direction of the game. Yager had previously worked on the shooter Spec Ops: The Line.

“Our team is made of the best creative minds and tech specialists, who all share a common identity,” Yager managing director Timo Ullman told “The team worked with enthusiasm to take Dead Island 2 to a new level of quality. However, Yager and Deep Silver’s respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which led to the decision that has been made.”

Dead Island 2 was previously scheduled for a 2016 launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It is not clear if that launch date is possible with the changes in development studios.

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