Dead Island 2 finally has a new developer, in the form of Sumo Digital, the studio who worked on LittleBigPlanet 3. Besides LBP 3, Sumo is known for their racing games, such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. It will be interesting to see what they do with the Dead Island IP.
For those of you out of the loop, Dead Island 2 was initially announced during Sony’s E3 2014 press conference. Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager was in charge of development, but in July 2015 publisher Deep Silver (subsidiary of Koch Media) parted ways with the studio in order to deliver “the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve”.
Speaking with MCV, Koch Media’s CEO, Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, said, “Sumo showed so much understanding of the brand, had creative ideas and an excellent, vision that was aligned with our own. 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.”
The original Dead Island is one of my favorite zombie games, so I’m glad to hear development for the sequel is back on track.
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