Dead Island 2 has been delayed from its original 3 February 2023 release date to 28 April next year. Publisher Deep Silver made the announcement recently, confirming that fans will have to wait a couple of months longer in order to play the very long-awaited sequel to Dead Island, which was announced almost a decade ago.
The official Dead Island Twitter account stated that the delay is just “12 short weeks” and development is on “the final straight now.” The game received a recent re-reveal following years of radio silence and several reported development problems. It’s now finally scheduled to release next year, but not as early as some might expect. Then again, February is an absolutely stacked month for game releases in 2023, so this delay might be a good decision.
The full statement from Deep Silver on Dead Island 2‘s delay reads:
“We have some important news to share, so let’s rip that band aid off straight away. We are delaying Dead Island 2—the new release date will be April 28, 2023. The irony of delaying Dead Island 2 is not lost on us, and we are as disappointed as you undoubtedly are. The delay is just 12 short weeks and development is on the final straight now; we’re going to take the time we need to make sure we can launch a game we’re proud to launch. For those of you who’ve been waiting for years, thank you for hanging in there with us.”
Deep Silver confirmed that it will host a Dead Island 2 showcase on 6 December which will feature an exciting new trailer and some concrete gameplay.
The reception to the delay from fans has mostly been supportive as the game has been in and out of development for several years. Another 12 weeks aren’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
Dead Island 2 now releases on 28 April 2023 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Deep Silver