These days, game delays happen fairly often in the gaming industry and already we’ve had several major ones this year, like Uncharted 4 and Homefront: The Revolution. The list continues to grow today with Deep Silver’s announcement of Dead Island 2’s delay.
Originally slated for release this spring, Deep Silver has revealed Dead Island 2 won’t be coming to retailers until sometime next year. Yager is the studio behind the upcoming open-world game, and they previously launched the highly talked about shooter, Spec Ops: The Line.
The studio wrote a message via Twitter today to notify people of the game’s delay. “We have always set ourselves a big goal for Dead Island 2: to create the sequel that takes Dead Island to the next level. A game that takes what our fans tell us they love about Dead Island – multiple different characters to play with, co-op, and turning a paradise setting into a zombie slaughter melee – and a game that adds a ton more content and combat options on top of that.”
Yager and Deep Silver were originally aiming for Dead Island 2 to launch during Spring 2015, but the game isn’t where the team would like it to be. There was no time frame or release date specified for when people can expect Dead Island 2 to launch in 2016.
It’s unclear what sort of presence Dead Island 2 will have at E3 2015, especially when you consider the delay.
Deep Silver already delayed Homefront: The Revolution earlier this year, and with those two games not coming this year, it’s unclear if the publisher will have much of a presence for the rest of 2015, outside of Mighty No. 9, which is scheduled to launch on Sept. 15.
“We have been looking at the game long and hard, and we have decided we didn’t reach that goal we set out to achieve quite yet. This is why we have decided to delay Dead Island 2 to 2016. Right now we are focusing purely on development, and we will have more info to share at a later stage. We know that our fans will be disappointed by this news, but by giving Dead Island 2 more time we are confident that everyone will get a better game to play as a result,” Yager wrote.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest announcements as E3 2015 approaches. The event will be taking place from June 16-18 in Los Angeles, CA. Events kick off with the Bethesda press conference on Sunday, June 14.