Dead Island 2‘s Steam page has been removed, prompting speculation that the game is… dead in the water. You know, “dead” like a zombie and “in the water” like an island. Even though the sequel isn’t actually on an island. It doesn’t matter.
The news comes via NeoGAF, although the game’s troubled development history isn’t exactly a secret. First announced back at E3 in 2014, Dead Island 2 has been lurching in and out of headlines ever since for all the wrong reasons, with original developer Yager dropped by publisher Deep Silver in 2015 over a “conflicting visions” dispute. The studio subsequently filed for insolvency and shut down. In March 2016, Sumo Digital was confirmed as the game’s new developer, but we’ve still not seen much of the game in forever now – even though it was expected to ship last year already.
Dead Island: Definitive Edition is out today on PS4 and Xbox One, so it’s also possible that Deep Silver is prepping some sort of re-reveal for Dead Island 2. For now, it’s all a bit dunno.