Is the game back in the right hands?
Sumo Digital has been tapped by publisher Deep Silver to take over development of Dead Island 2, after the original developers were dropped from the game back in July 2015.
Sumo Digital, whose previous credits include LittleBigPlanet 3, Disney Infinity and Forza Motorsport, will be taking over development, with Koch Media CEO Dr Klemens Kundratitz telling MCV, “Sumo showed so much understanding of the brand, had creative ideas and an excellent, vision that was aligned with our own.”
“It just made perfect sense for us to move the project to them. We will reveal more details at a later stage, but for now I’d like to say that we are obviously super excited about the progress that we are making with them,” Kundratitz concluded.
“It’s an honor to be charged with the evolution of such an important franchise in Deep Silver’s catalogue,” said Sumo Digital COO Paul Porter. “We are looking forward to exceeding fan expectation with an ambitious design that we’re confident will take bone crunching, visceral zombie action to a whole new level.”
Yager Development was originally on board to handle Dead Island 2 after the game was initially revealed back at E3 2014. Since then, after “careful consideration” from Deep Silver, Yager was removed as developers of the project, and little about it has been heard since.
No release date has currently been announced for Dead Island 2.