Techland Producer Talks About Dead Island 2 Development
Even though Techland developed the original Dead Island, it seems that this time they will not have a chance to be a part of Dead Island 2 project again.
Techland producer Tymon Smektala expressed his disappointment when he heard news that Yager is no longer working on the development of Dead Island 2. Even though Yager is a competing company for Techland, Smektala states that the fact that other company failed doesn’t make them happy: “For us, that was sad news. When something like that happens in the industry it’s always sad news. You’re never happy that some other developer failed, because it could have been us, basically.”
Smektala also added that the company still has a strong connection with Dead Island games: “And another thing that added to the feeling of sadness and disappointment was the fact that Dead Island is our child. It’s a title that we imagined, we developed. We made this game so we still have a very strong connection to that IP.” Techland producer added: “It’s very bad news. I hope that we will see some more Dead Island in the future and I hope that Yager is not affected [as] much as it may seem right now.”
After the development of the original Dead Island, Polish studio Techland also released another zombie themed survival game Dying Light. Installment of the game, named The Following, was announced in July, 2015. Even though the company moved on to another games, Techland producer Smektala said that personally, he would love to go back to the development of Dead Island 2: “I really love [the first Dead Island]. I don’t know if there is a developer [attached to Dead Island 2] at all.
He also added: “I would [be interested in developing Dead Island 2]. As I said, I love Dead Island and I think there is a place for both franchises [Dead Island and Dying Light]. As long as someone would be able to find something that would make them different that would draw a clear line … I think that’s doable, then why not?”
Later Techland producer Smektala explained that his statement was completely personal, not related to the position of the Techland studio at all: “I’d like to again clarify that all of the statements I made about Dead Island 2 were my personal opinions only and in no way represent the views of the studio,” Smektala stated. “I am a huge fan of the original Dead Island as a gamer and would love the franchise to thrive, but any decisions regarding possible Techland’s involvement in its franchise are not mine to make, and are never as easy as just “asking”.
He also added that now he is more focused on what is going on with another game of his company, Dying Light: “At the moment I’m focusing on Dying Light: The Following hoping to deliver a great expansion to all the fans of the game.”
News about the ending partnership between Deep Silver and Yager were quite shocking. Managing director of Yager, Timo Ulmann, said that the main reason of such split was that the Dead Island 2 project was lost in alignment: “Our team is made of the best creative minds and tech specialists, who all share a common identity. The team worked with enthusiasm to take Dead Island 2 to a new level of quality. However, Yager and Deep Silver’s respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which led to the decision that has been made.”