Dead Island 2 has been delayed until the end of April. Who could have seen that coming, eh?
If you’re unfamiliar with Dead Island 2’s history, you might wonder what the fuss is – plenty of games hit delays. And if it comes down to delaying a title or having staff work till their souls fizzle out, that first option is infinitely preferable.
But Dead Island 2 has such a ridiculous development history, we can feel the cynicism seizing our bodies. Deep Silver originally announced this open-world zombie game, taking place in a quarantined Los Angeles, back in 2014. Dead Island was a little rough but it was still fun, so the prospect of a sequel was pretty exciting.
Then, in 2015, Deep Silver dropped the developer, Yager Development. It went to another studio, Sumo Digital, but they parted company with it in 2019. It finally ended up with Dambuster Studios, who are currently working on the game.
— Dead Island (@deadislandgame) November 17, 2022
Factoring in pre-announcement development, Dead Island 2 will have been in development for ten years. That’s still less than Star Citizen but this new announcement makes us wonder if this is ever going to see the light of day.
Deep Silver or Dambuster are well aware of how this situation looks. “The irony of delaying Dead Island 2 is not lost on us, and we are as disappointed as you undoubtedly are,” reads their statement, referring to the delay as “just twelve short weeks”. That’s still three months, no matter how you slice it.
Originally set for a February 3rd release, Dead Island 2 is now arriving this April 28th. Apparently. The good-ish news is that there’ll be a new trailer this December 6th, available via the Deep Silver YouTube and Twitch channels.
If you’re feeling optimistic you can pre-order the game on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. Or if you want another undead outing to sink your teeth into, check out out the Best Zombie Games on PlayStation 4.