After nearly five years of uncertainty, THQ Nordic has given fans of the first Dead Island a glimmer of hope that its very long awaited sequel is still a thing – and best of all, there’s news to come. The company, which holds a stake in the survival horror game’s publisher Deep Silver, has confirmed that Dead Island 2 is still in active development.
The publisher’s CEO, Lars Wingefors, said in a financial presentation this week that Dead Island 2 was “still being worked on”, and told people to “stay tuned”. Tantalising for sure, but precious little for us to go on, given the mysteries and issues that have surrounded the project’s drawn out development since its announcement trailer dropped at E3 back in 2014.
However, as Gamesradar+ noticed, the slides accompanying the presentation suggest that the publisher may have changed the game’s logo. The one used so far has been replaced by the first instalment’s graphic of a man hanging from a tree, now with an added ‘2’ underneath it. This could just be a symptom of a work in progress, but could equally back up Wingefors’ reassurance that the game’s development is ticking along.
The last time we heard any news was a year ago, when Dead Island 2’s Twitter page fed fans some juicy nuggets of news that the game was still in production, but there has been nothing very substantial until now.
With little to sustain us at this time, we’ll just have to keep hoping that our hunger to take out some zombies, sunny California style, will be satiated sometime soon. If and when it does arrive, remember – remove the head, or destroy the brain.