Around a month ago there was a surprising move when Deep Silver dropped Yager from developing Dead Island 2. The studio had been given the license to work with after Techland, the series creators, moved on to the Dying Light IP. Speaking to VideoGamer Techland’s Tymon Smektala addressed Yager’s departure from the Dead Island 2 project, and also stated Techland would be willing to take up the mantle if asked.
“When something like that happens in the game dev industry it’s always sad news. You’re never happy that some other developer failed, because it could have been us, basically. 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 and we still have a very strong connection to that IP. I personally would love to go back to Dead Island because I really love that game. I think there is a place for both franchises to strive in the market.
As long as someone would be able to find something that would make them different, that would draw a clear line, ‘Okay, here’s Dead Island, here’s Dying Light’, and I think that’s doable, then why not?”
Tymon Smektala also spoke about a possible Dying Light 2 stating that it was too early to go in to details, but there were ideas floating around for what a sequel may entail. Techland have got to test their concepts and check that they will be doable on the current crop of consoles, or whether they’ll have to chop and change things should a Dying Light 2 get the go ahead.