It has come to light that the sequel to the 2011 zombie hack’n’slash, Dead Island, has been removed from Steam, with rumours flying around that the developers have cancelled the production of the game.
The overall development process of the sequel, Dead Island 2, has been very rocky and developers of the series Techland had declined to continue with development of the game, with an intention of working with Warner Bros. on a new IP which was later revealed to be the game we all know and love, Dying Light. However, Yager were brought in to create the sequel and then dropped somewhat randomly from the huge project last July.
Deep Silver then revealed that UK based studio, Sumo Digital would step in to continue development of the game, with the COO, Paul Porter, saying that:
“it is an honour to be charged with the evolution of such an important franchise”
With promises to take the game to an even higher level than before – but now with the game’s complete removal from steam, there are assumptions that Deep Silver are cancelling the game completely after a stubborn 2 years of development stopping and starting in a continuous loop.
The last time we saw anything from the game was at the 2014 Gamescom, and since then we’ve heard next to nothing. It could be a case of the store page being removed in place of a newer one to follow without a cancellation of the game whatsoever however it’s more than likely that the former is the issue, but all we can do is wait and hope to see something from E3 in the coming weeks.
What do you think about the recent news regarding the game? Did you see it coming with the constant issues Deep Silver faced and the jumping ships with developers? Perhaps you didn’t have much love towards the series in the first place? Let us know down below in the comments!