Dead Island Developers on Why They Decided Not to Make Dead Island 2
Techland, Poland based developer, that created the original Dead Island is developing another zombie game called Dying Light instead of making Dead Island 2. Dying Light is quite a similar zombie themed game to Dead Island. Dying Light also has a new publisher – Warner Bros, Interactive Entertainment.
The reason for such Techland decision on not contributing to the development of Dead Island 2 is related to the differences between the opinions of two companies. As Techland game designer Maciej Binkowski said, the company’s relationship with the game publisher Deep Silver were not smooth enough: “They had a lot of ideas about how they wanted to run the franchise. Even with Dead Island there were a lot of moments where we would disagree on the creative vision of the project, so this might have been one of the factors.”
Even though Maciej Binkowski said that Dead Island was originally a Techland’s idea but all the game rights belonged to Deep Silver from the very beginning. As he comments, the reason was that it was the best compromise a company could get at that particular time.
While being asked about the differences between Dead Island 2 and Dying Light, Binkowski answered: “They’re out to create something different: it’s Dead Island, it’s a different experience,” game designer from Techland said. “It’s all very colorful and I guess kind of goofy. So I think we’re pretty safe, because our game is much more mature and dark, and we’re aiming at different unique features such as freedom of movement [and] the day-night cycle.”
Dead Island 2 I being developed by Yager studio (the ones that made Spec Op: The Line) and is planned to be released in spring, 2015. The zombie themed game will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Dying Light is expected to be released on January 27 (North America), January 28 (Australia) and January 30 (Europe and Asia). The game will be available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and PC.