The announcement was made via the game’s Twitter, where the team also explained the reason behind the delay.
We have always set ourselves a big goal for Dead Island 2: to create the sequel that takes Dead Island to the next level. A game that takes what our fans tell us they love about Dead Island – multiple different characters to play with, co-op, and turning a paradise setting into a zombie slaughter melee – and a game that adds a ton more content and combat options on top of that.
And we wanted to have all of that that done for release in Spring 2015.
We have been looking at the game long and hard, and we have decided we didn’t reach that goal we set out to achieve quite yet. This is why we have decided to delay Dead Island 2 to 2016.
Right now we are focusing purely on development, and we will have more info to share at a later stage.
We know that our fans will be disappointed by this news, but by giving Dead Island 2 more time we are confident that everyone will get a better game to play as a result.
If 2016 is too far away and you are in dire need of a zombie-killing fix, there is a more than capable alternative in the form of Dying Light. Our review describes it as a “near perfect zombie experience.”
This delay does not surprise me as we have heard very little about Dead Island 2 recently. With the recent release of Dying Light, it is probably not a bad thing to have more breathing room between zombie games. While a delay can be disappointing, I know that this game will benefit from the additional development time.