Dead Island 2 is still alive, despite no news emerging on the game in over a year.
The last time Dead Island owner Deep Silver piped up about the franchise was in March 2016, when the company announced UK studio Sumo Digital was making the zombie-killing sequel.
That announcement followed a period of development hell for Dead Island 2, which was once in the works at Spec Ops: The Line maker Yager before Deep Silver parted ways with the studio in the summer of 2015.
At the time, Yager said its vision for the game had "fallen out of alignment" with Deep Silver. The developer Yager Productions, which was set up to make Dead Island 2, was forced to file for bankruptcy shortly after, although Yager as a whole is still going strong and working on a new game called Dreadnought.
Dead Island 2 was originally due to launch spring 2015. Now, it seems it won't see the light of day for some time.
I asked Deep Silver for an update on Dead Island 2 in the context of the lack of new information, and was sent over the following statement:
"Dead Island 2 is in development at Sumo Digital, and we are excited by the progress the team are making with Deep Silver's most successful IP. When we are ready to share more information, we will."
I had grown concerned about the status of the project after I'd heard a rumour that the game had once again slipped into development hell. But Deep Silver has insisted work is ongoing, so hopefully we'll see something of Dead Island 2 soon.