Dead Island 2 ‘being worked on’ promises THQ Nordic
Publisher THQ Nordic has once again had to assure fans that Dead Island 2 has not been cancelled and to ‘stay tuned’ for more information.
Dead Island may well count as the most poorly managed video game franchise of all time. Or at the very least it’s giving Sonic The Hedgehog a good run for its money.
The original was a surprise hit in 2011 but since then nobody involved has been able to put out a proper sequel and there’s been little sign that one is even in development.
As a result, this is the second time that THQ Nordic, who own Deep Silver, has had to publicly insist that Dead Island 2 has not been cancelled, telling investors that they should ‘stay tuned’ for more information.
That may be a hint that something will be unveiled at E3 next month, although at this point it’s probably best not to assume anything.
The whole problem with Dead Island 2 started when original developer Techland left the series to work on the similarly themed Dying Light (whose sequel definitely will be at E3).
Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager was then brought in to create the sequel, but were kicked off the project for ‘creative differences’.
British developer Sumo Digital were then announced as making the sequel but nothing has ever been shown of their work and it’s unclear whether they’re still making the game – and if they’re not who else is.
As part of the same investor meeting THQ Nordic did highlight Dead Island 2 in a slide showing their biggest upcoming releases, listing it for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
The company has a whopping 80 projects in development at the moment, with 32 announced and 48 unannounced, so it’s easy to see how Dead Island 2 might have got lost in the shuffle.
As you can see, the other games highlighted on the chart include new titles from Kingdom Come: Deliverance makers Warhorse, Saints Row developer Volition, Goat Simulator creators Coffee Stain, and Metro Exodus developer 4A Games.
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