Yager Dropped From Dead Island 2, Publicly Responds


When it was announced earlier in the year that Dead Island 2 was being pushed back into 2016, there were two very notable, strong reactions. The first was surprise that the game existed in the first place. Progress on the development on the title had been almost silent since its initial E3 2014 reveal, and announcing a delay a month into that Spring 2015 release window acted to remind us that they were still working on the game. The second was a sense of dread, that the project might not be completed. The fact that Yager Development has been dropped as developers doesn’t do much to renew hope.

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Deep Silver has dropped Yager as the developer of Dead Island 2, Game Informer reports, while making it clear that the game hasn’t been canceled. “With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve,” Deep Silver said in a statement. “After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner YAGER. We will continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life, and we will share further information at a later stage.”

Yager Development responded to the Dead Island 2 news on their Facebook page.

"Our YAGER team is fully committed to the development of AAA quality titles. We work closely with international publishers and partners and have at the same time always remained an independent development studio. Our team is made of the best creative minds and tech specialists who all share a common identity. The team worked with enthusiasm to take Dead Island 2 to a new level of quality. However, YAGER and Deep Silver’s respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which led to the decision that has been made. We’ll focus our current efforts on Dreadnought together with Six Foot and our publisher Grey Box as well as on new projects. More details will be disclosed soon. All I can reveal at this point is that gamescom will be awesome for Dreadnought."

This news about Dead Island 2 comes after Homefront: The Revolution was delayed earlier this year, marking yet another high profile Deep Silver game to change production staff mid-development.

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