Updated 12:20 AM EDT, Tue, Oct 26, 2021

'Dead Island 2' PS4 Xbox One PC Release Date: New Developer, Gameplay & Everything We Know So Far

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The production process of "Dead Island 2" is not going along smoothly.

The role-playing horror video game, which is the follow-up for 2011's "Dead Island," has transferred hands after developer Techland departed the project due to a creative disagreement with publisher Deep Silver in regards to the sequel's direction, ScienceFiction reported.

Since then, Techland worked on another horror video game titled "Dying Light," while the release date of "Dead Island 2" was pushed to 2016, the news outlet added. YAGER Productions, the development team working on the follow-up since 2012, also reportedly dropped out of the project.

YAGER Productions reportedly filed for insolvency for the team working on "Dead Island 2." However, the developer also stated that the wages of the team behind the sequel are still safe for a couple more months, Breitbart reported.

"The insolvency filing is a direct result from the early termination of the project and helps protecting our staff," said YAGER CEO Timo Ullmann, as quoted by Breitbart. "In the course of the proceedings, we gain time to sort out the best options for reorganizing this entity."

He continued, "We are currently at a good stage of setting up a plan for the reorganization. Unfortunately, I can't get into details at the time being. However, we have a great skilled team that deserves the best solution. The insolvency proceedings provide us with the necessary time to find exactly that. Our group structure ensures that all other parts of YAGER work completely independently and remain totally unaffected, all other projects will be continued as planned."

According to ScienceFiction, Deep Silver thought that YAGER isn't making the game that they expected, while Ullmann remarked that the separation was because the "respective visions of the project fell out of alignment."

Deep Silver, however, assured fans that the team is still committed to bringing their vision of "Dead Island 2" to life, and that they will announce more news about the game "at a later stage," the news outlet added.

The lack of "Dead Island 2" news at the E3 is probably due to Deep Silver's quest for a new developer for the project. Forbes wrote that the follow-up will not focus on a main and structured storyline, but will feature a "roaming" type of game where users find work and missions as time progresses.

"Dead Island" is available for Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game centers on a once beautiful tropical island which became the home of a mysterious zombie outbreak, IGN wrote. Together, the four people immune to the plague must protect the remaining survivors and find a way out of the hellish place.

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