Deep Silver announced yesterday that they would no longer be working with independent developer YAGER on Dead Island 2. They released a statement on the matter via press release:
“With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve. 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.”
YAGER has posted a slightly more elaborate explanation for dissolving the partnership on their Facebook page, with a statement from their CEO, Timo Ullmann:
“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.”
Though there was a conflict in visions, it appears that this was a relatively peaceful parting of ways. Deep Silver has yet to announce which developer they will be handing the Dead Island 2 project to. We’ll keep you updated as more information surfaces.