by Ben Petchey
Dead Island 2 gets new British developer
Dead Island 2 will continue being developed by Sumo Digital, it was revealed this morning by an article from MCV.
The quirky zombie game sequel had a troubled development back when Yager were at the wheel. After some internal differences of "alignment" between Deep Silver and Yager, Dead Island 2 was stuck in a state of limbo.
It's unclear how long Sumo Digital have been working on the title, but looking through their Twitter account reveals that they have recently opened a new Nottingham based studio and are hiring new staff - which suggests it was a recent score.
"Sumo showed so much understanding of the brand, had creative ideas and an excellent, vision that was aligned with our own," Koch Media CEO Dr Klemens Kundratitz told MCV.
"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."
Sumo's COO, Paul Porter also shared his excitement on the project: "It's an honour to be charged with the evolution of such an important franchise in Deep Silver's catalogue. We're 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."
Dead Island 2 was originally set to release summer 2015 - I think it's safe to assume we'll be hearing more about the slasher sequel in coming months.