Dead Island 2 Is Officially on its Third Developer
Dead Island 2 developer Sumo Digital has concluded work on the project, and will not be working with new developer Dambuster Studios as work continues on the long-standing zombie game.In a statement to IGN, Sumo Digital said “As noted in today’s announcement, Dambuster Studios is now the lead developer for Dead Island 2. This transition has been planned for some time and has no impact on Sumo’s business or financial outlook. We look forward to Dead Island 2’s release and we wish our partners at THQ Nordic great success.”
The UK-based studio also confirmed that “Sumo has concluded work on Dead Island 2,” rather than working as a support studio alongside new lead developer Dambuster Studios.
The company offered no indication as to if the progress they achieved on Dead Island 2, which it worked on between 2016 and 2019, will be transferred over to Dambuster Studios, or if the new developer will be starting from scratch.
Dambuster Studios’ new position as Dead Island 2 developer was announced earlier today by publisher THQ Nordic. This is the third developer associated with the project; it was originally in development at Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager from 2012 to 2016, before it was passed on to Sumo Digital.
Dead Island 2, first announced at E3 2014, was originally scheduled to launch in 2015. Since then, Techland – the developers of the original Dead Island – have released Dying Light, a sort of spiritual successor to Dead Island, and almost completed development on Dying Light 2, which will launch next year.
The development of Dead Island 2 has, at least from an outsider’s perspective, been a long and difficult one. Hopefully the end result will be as interesting as the story of its journey to release.