Yager is no longer working on Deep Silver’s upcoming action role-playing survival horror game, Dead Island 2.
Update: Yager has provided a statement now:
“We’re sorry to announce the termination of our joint project with Deep Silver. As of now YAGER is no longer responsible for the development of Dead Island 2.”
Timo Ullmann, CEO of YAGER Group, elaborates: “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.”
“Just as the many fans of Dead Island we sincerely hope that DI2 will shape up to be the great experience everyone has been waiting for,” Yager concluded.
Deep Silver sent out a statement:
“With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve, Deep Silver said.
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.”
The publisher will soon make an announcement on the new developer. The title was pushed from spring 2015 release to 2016.
Dead Island 2 picks up “several months after the events of Dead Island, the United States military has put California under a full quarantine restricted zone due to a new zombie outbreak.
It is unknown how the infection started.”
The first game in the series was developed by Techland on their in-house Chrome Engine and then went on to work on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s open-world first person survival horror, Dying Light.
Dead Island 2 will release sometime in 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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