You’ll have to wait an extra 12 weeks before catching some sun with the undead, as Dead Island 2 has been pushed back to April 2023.
Originally announced in 2014, Dead Island 2 is the long-awaited follow-up to its 2011 predecessor. Dead Island is an open-world hack n’ slash adventure featuring hordes of the undead, riffing on popular titles like Left 4 Dead, and undoubtedly laying the groundwork for future products. from developer Techland, Dying Light and dying light 2🇧🇷
The sequel was set to release in February 2023 – and what a great Valentine’s Day it would have been. However, the Dambuster development team announced a delay (opens in new tab) via Twitter, stating that they needed more time: “to ensure we can release a game that we are proud to release”.
And honestly? It was probably a smart move.
I’ve had this game pre-ordered since 2014. I might wait a few more weeks just to have the game you envisioned.November 17, 2022
Sometimes dead is better
By pushing the game back to April, Dambuster is hoping to save us from a world of game-breaking bugs and glitches. In an age where games are often released in a chaotic state, only to be patched and fixed for years later – cough, cyberpunk 2077 – you’d be forgiven for missing out on the good old days, when games always arrived in reliable, finished game condition.
Of course, this delay doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the game will be finished when we receive it – or even that we won’t see another delay from the initial eight-year announcement.
Dead Island 2 went through several problems in its long fight for survival. Initial developers Yager Entertainment were dropped from the project in 2015 only to be replaced by Sumo Digital, the creators of the upcoming asymmetrical horror title, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Dambusters took over development on Dead Island 2 in 2019, and since then, things have been more or less smooth sailing. With all the cuts and changes, however, it’s no wonder the game has suffered from so many delays.
According to the Twitter thread that followed the Dambusters announcement, fans weren’t put off by the extra time in the oven.
“Not a huge surprise, but not a bad thing either,” commented one user. “I’ve had this game on order since 2014. I might wait a few more weeks just to have the game you envisioned,” says another.
Some people are (rightly) feeling a little flustered by the news, so Dambusters is softening the blow by sharing new gameplay content on December 6th, which will be streamed on the official website, YouTube and Twitch pages. We know it definitely exists, and the game already wowed crowds at Gamescom earlier this year.
At this point, there’s not much else to do but grab the nearest blunt instrument, snuggle up in your tomb, and wait until the time is right.