Deep Silver has once again delayed Dead Island 2 and the game will now be released on April 28th next year.

The February 3rd delay, announced on Dead Island’s Twitter (below), represents at least a 12-week delay compared to the past few years since Dead Island 2’s original spring 2015 release window.

No specific reason was given for the delay, so while it says it understands the irony of Dead Island 2 being delayed yet again, it seems developer Dambuster Studios just needed more time.

“The irony of Dead Island 2 being delayed is not far from us, and we’re as disappointed as you are,” said a joint statement with publisher Deep Silver. “The delay is only 12 short weeks and development is now in its final stages.

“We’re going to take the time we need to make sure we’re able to launch a game we’re proud to launch. For those who’ve been waiting for years, thanks for sticking with us.”

A new trailer and gameplay video will be released during the Dead Island 2 Showcase on December 6, giving fans the first proper look at the game since it resurfaced in August 2022 after years of troubled development.

Dead Island 2 was revealed at E3 2014, but “mutual differences” soon subsided until previous developer Yager parted ways with Deep Silver. It was then moved to Sumo Digital before being moved back to its (presumably) final home of Dambuster Studios in 2019.

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Ryan Dinsdale is a freelancer for IGN. He will talk about The Witcher all day.

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