THQ Nordic have had an investor presentation today, with the mega-publisher confirming that the long-awaited follow-up to Dead Island is still in active development.
First announced at E3 2014, the game was originally pitched to publishers from the development team Yager. Following a quiet period, Yager (Spec Ops: The Line) was dropped from the project in 2015 and Sumo Digital (Crackdown 3) were announced as the developer in 2016.
Today, however, THQ Nordic have confirmed that the game is still in development and that Dambuster Studios is now the lead developer. Dambuster is a studio comprised of teams who previously worked on classic shooters like Timesplitters and Goldeneye 007 in the past, however to date the only game they’ve released as a studio is Homefront: The Revolution in 2016.
We’ve yet to receive a release date for Dead Island 2, though THQ Nordic claim to be releasing two AAA games between April 2020 and March 2021 and I’d bet Dead Island 2 is one of them.