Dead Island 2, the very long-awaited sequel to Dead Island, was first unveiled in 2014. Since then, the game has went through several development issues and setbacks. However, it looks like it might still be in active development and developer Dambuster Studios is planning to release it in 2022.
The report comes from reliable insider Tom Henderson, who recently said that he’s been talking to people close to the game’s development and it’s apparently in a good state. Henderson claims that a gameplay trailer could be shown off sometime this year, as the studio plans to release the game in Q4 2022.
Henderson’s full statement on the current status of Dead Island 2 reads:
“According to everyone that I’ve been speaking to… the game decent state and it could be announced pretty soon with some kind of gameplay trailer. A release date expected to be somewhere in Q4 2022, possibly leading up to next year if there is any problems with the development cycle.”
In addition to the status update, Henderson also provided some details about the game’s plot and the opening. “You’re on a plane and there’s a zombie outbreak on a plane… eventually the plane crashes into Hollywood, you survive and it’s then your job to survive on the ground,” said Henderson.
Dead Island 2 was originally announced all the way back in 2014, but due to numerous development issues and overhauls, kept being pushed back year after year until the game eventually went radio silent. The sequel was originally supposed to be developed by Yager Development, but changed to Sumo Digital. In 2019, Dambuster, an internal studio of Deep Silver, took over development duties.
In 2020, an early build of Dead Island 2 from 2015 leaked online, but it looks like plans have since changed regarding the story and several other elements. The game will also seemingly move to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S platforms only, possibly to avoid a similar situation to Cyberpunk 2077.
Source: Tom Henderson