in General | Jun, 7th 2021
It’s less than a week until?E3, and plenty of fans are gearing up for major announcements for some of their favorite games and titles. While many expect news on Metroid Prime 4 or Bayonetta, some hold hope for news on Elden Ring. However, one game managed to stay within the public consciousness during the many years since its announcement in 2014.
Deep Silver’s Dead Island 2 was announced as the third installment in the third-person survival zombie game. Much like a more gruesome version of Dead Rising, the original game placed four players into an open-world setting and let them explore the resort on the fictional island of Banoi. The game did surprisingly well and got a standalone DLC expansion labeled Riptide. After the success of Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide, Techland announced the return of Dead Island in a cinematic trailer in the same vein as the trailer for the first game. However, Dead Island 2 fell into trouble.?
Techland moved from Dead Island to Warner Bros. Games and started work on their new series Dying Light, which would become another massively popular title, with its sequel launching this year. The task of developing Dead Island 2 fell to Yager Development. The game started moving along swimmingly, with gameplay being shown at Gamescom 2014. However, things seemed to not work out for Yager Development.?
Deep Silver and Yager Development had misaligned their visions for the game, and players were let down once again when Yager stepped out of the developer’s chair and filed for insolvency in 2015. Now, the game fell upon another developer. In 2016, Sumo Digital, the minds behind LittleBigPlanet 3, would be taking the helm for Dead Island 2’s development. This continued from 2016 until 2018, where the game announced that it was once again changing hands, from Sumo Digital to an internal studio at Deep Silver: Dambuster Studios. However, Deep Silver says that the game will most likely come out sometime this year. While that may be the case, Deep Silver wants fans to know that they shouldn’t get their hopes up for Dead Island 2 at E3.?
However, Dead Island isn’t the only series that won’t make an appearance. Not only should fans not expect Dead Island, but Deep Silver asks fans not to get their hopes up for Saints Row, Metro, or TimeSplitters as well.
Deep Silver tweeted: “Our parent company @KochMedia_HQ is making an announcement as part of #SummerGamesFest on June 11. To give you a head’s up, you won’t see Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro, or TimeSplitters there (or at any other E3 2021 event). We’ll let you know when we have news to share.”
This falls in line with announcing a new TimeSplitters game coming to the current console generation, headed by a reformed version of Radical Design, the minds behind the first two TimeSplitters games. Metro Exodus is getting an enhanced PC version of their newest title as well. However, the game has only been released on PC, with Xbox Series X|S and PS5 versions coming on June 18. With Deep Silver’s series mentioned that it wouldn’t show up, players could expect a new Metro announced within the year.?
Saints Row also won’t make an appearance during the Deep Silver E3 presentation. Since Saints Row 4’s release in 2013, it’s been almost eight years since the last Saints Row game. Being considered the crazy cousin to Grand Theft Auto, fans wonder when another Saints Row game is coming.?
Deep Silver is being very transparent with their expectations for their upcoming E3 broadcast is a good business practice, as sometimes hype can get out of hand. Consider the angry fans that expected something from Nintendo during their third-party showcases, with anger turned into a meme for all to see. While it’s upsetting that players won’t get any information on the long-overdue Dead Island 2, it’s all but certain that Deep Silver wants their players to know what to expect.