Dead Island 2 will now be released in 2016, developer Yager has announced.

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The follow-up to Techland's zombie shooter (and its sequel, Dead Island: Riptide) was originally set to arrive this spring for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Announced at E3 last year, the game sees the survival experience move to the mainland US - rather than an actual island.

But Yager will need more time to complete the project, the developer explained in a new announcement posted to Twitter.

Read the full statement below:

"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.

"And we wanted to have all of that that done for release in Spring 2015.

"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. -Team Dead Island 2"

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