It seems another game has fallen victim to the inevitable curse of release date setbacks. Deep Silver recently announced plans to push the release for the upcoming zombie game Dead Island 2 all the way to 2016.
In a statement posted to Twitter, the Dead Island 2 team explained that:
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.
The team goes on to say they are “focusing purely on development,” and are “confident that everyone will get a better game to play as a result.” As sequel to the mixed-review Dead Island 1, DI2 promises to deliver eight-person multiplayer, craftable weapons, specialized classes, and trips to places like San Francisco (as if there weren’t enough zombies there already).
While a disappointment to some, this zombie survival sequel is but one of a handful of major titles to see setbacks into the next year (see Uncharted 4: Thief’s End), and it most likely won’t be the last. Dead Island 2 is set to release for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.