Look, I know that’s a silly headline but when you write dozens of the bloody things every week, you just want something to break the numbing monotony of it all. I’m doing that by imagining Deep Silver is staffed entirely by extras from The Bill. Well, they’ve got to work somewhere since the TV show got axed.
Anyway, Deep Silver has denied working with Yager Development on a sequel to Dead Island. They’re not messing about, either. The statement says “we are neither working with Yager on Dead Island 2 nor do we have any contractual agreement with Yager about any project at this point.” See, that statement was drawn up by an extra from The Bill playing a snarky solicitor.
The story came about, in a fancy bit of game journalistic side-steppery, when IGN Germany quoted mysterious, unnamed sources “close” to Yager and broke the “news” that they were working with Deep Silver on a Dead Island 2. Then Deep Silver issued a statement to IGN that they can publish through IGN UK. Two clickable stories for the price of none. Game journalism 101.
Yager and Deep Silver do have a very close relationship, based on personal and professional connections between the parties. There is a legitimate chance that we will – at some point – work together on a title – and I would not even exclude the possibility that this could be something within the Dead Island franchise. We have the greatest respect for this team, we absolutely love what we have seen so far from SpecOps – and we are constantly discussing potential opportunities. However, we have neither something in place or in discussion between the parties that would explain such a news, nor do we have Dead Island 2 in concept or production with external partners.
That’s the rest of the statement. Up there. Pretty definite, right? Except for the “external partners” caveat which allows them to spring from the wardrobe, shout “surprise!” and tell us it was developed in-house. Probably not, though.
Woud you like to see a sequel to the cult hit zombie smash-a-thon? I think they could paper over a few cracks and make a really competent game if they did a sequel. We’ll see though, announcement season is just over two weeks away.