Forgotten RISE FROM THE DEAD zombie game after 11 years in development hell

DEAD ISLAND 2 finally has a release date, nine years after it was officially announced and eleven years after development began.

The original Dead Island game was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 after five years of development.

The face of waiting nine years for Dead Island 2.


The face of waiting nine years for Dead Island 2.Photo credit: Deep Silver

The sequel was revealed in 2014, although development on the game appeared to have started way back in 2012.

Retailer Amazon updated the release date to 31 December 2021, which was a placeholder date February 3, 2023.

Placeholder dates are common for companies that offer games for pre-order before an official release date has been announced.

However, like the previous date, they are often set at the end of a month, so the specificity of the new date makes it seem real.

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The new date has since been removed, leading people to believe that the online store is awaiting an official announcement.

Publisher Deep Silver has changed the development team three times over the years, which has increased the time it takes to create the game.

Dying Light developer Techland turned down Dead Island 2 to focus on its open-world series.

Yager Development then started the project in 2012 but was removed after three years.

Sumo Digital then received the project a year after Yager stopped working, but it would not complete the game.

In 2019, Dambuster Studios received the project, and it’s unclear how much of Yager or Sumo’s work was retained.

Fans were skeptical that Dead Island 2 would see the light of day, but it seems the troubled title is almost ready.

Described as “paradise meets hell,” the game is a zombie action game set in various locations throughout California

Dead Island 2 will be released on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Hopefully we’ll see more official information about the upcoming release soon.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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