Dead Island 2

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Dead Island 2 alive

Now being made by the developer behind Sonic Racing.

Dead Island 2 is now being developed by British studio Sumo Digital.

Some fantastic games came out in 2015. Unfortunately, quite a few (hopefully) fantastic games didn't come out in 2015. With the likes of The Legend of Zelda Wii U, Tom Clancy's the Division and Uncharted 4 all pushed back into 2016, I decided to take a look at some of the upcoming games we really ought to own by now.

Dead Island 2 is no longer being made by Yager

UPDATE: "Respective visions of the project fell out of alignment."

UPDATE 15/7/15 1.15pm: Yager boss Timo Ullmann has commented on his company's split from developing Dead Island 2 and explained that the studio's vision for the game had begun to differ from that of publisher Deep Silver.

Escape Dead Island release date announced

Escape Dead Island release date announced

Pre-order then buy for guaranteed access to the Dead Island 2 beta.

Escape Dead Island launches 21st November 2014 in Europe and 18th November in North America, publisher Deep Silver has announced.

The third-person, single-player survival mystery spin-off delves into the origins of the zombie outbreak that sparked the events of the first Dead Island game.

It's developed by Swedish studio Fatshark (War of the Roses), and is set for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Oh Dead Island, how fitting you should stumble through two games before finding new life after being reanimated. As much as Techland's games were loved, there's no escaping the fact they were both a bit 6/10, so it was surely good news that Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager was taking over the reigns for the first sequel proper.

First video of Dead Island 2 gameplay

The first video showing gameplay footage from Dead Island 2 has been released.

It's sunny, colourful and very, very bloody. The emphasis is on creative killing, by the looks of things, and doing lots of it. You can freeze zombies then wrench them to pieces; you can hold a small boat's engine, rev it up and chop zombies apart. It really gets you thinking - an educational game of sorts.

The video doesn't delve deep enough to show what difference Spec Ops developer Yager - new to the series - has really had, but the humour and relentless killing is still there in abundance.

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Dead Island 2 announced

Dead Island 2 announced

PlayStation 4 gets exclusive character and level.

UPDATE 09:15 BST: It turns out that Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager is developing Dead Island 2, as revealed on the official website.

The game is due out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in spring 2015.

ORIGINAL STORY: Mouldy zombie series Dead Island is getting a new entry on next-gen consoles - Dead Island 2 - which will have exclusive content on PlayStation 4.

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