‘Dead Island 2’ Delayed To Ensure Sequel Meets New Standards

Dead Island 2 has been delayed, much like Batman’s latest adventures in Rocksteady’s version of Gotham City. This could be good news for fans who lamented the glitch-ridden release of the first two games in the series.

Deep Silver’s zombie series was ambitious, giving us one of the most realistic zombie slayers we had ever seen. Your melee weapons broke down as you used them, ammunition was limited to how often you killed marauders who happened to be using it, and various modifications could turn your weapons into something even Zombieland‘s Tallahassee could be proud of.

For fans of Dead Island and its Riptide follow-up, there was little more satisfying than taking a shock mod machete to a Thug and watching him dance as the lightning shot through him, causing more damage than a regular whack would.

Sadly, glitches had some zombies coming to a final rest in midair, and suggested pathways sending you over impassable boundaries.

The official sequel heading for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC is expected to give you far more options, according to a statement made by developer Yager in regards to the Dead Island 2 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. [It will be a] game that takes what our fans tell us they love about Dead Island – [multiple] 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.

“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.”

For most gamers, the Dead Island series didn’t catch on so well, but hopefully Yager will do what Techland couldn’t and make a game that blows away the expectations of not only fans of the series, but those who didn’t care for it initially. Having Dead Island 2 delayed could be just what Yager needs to give it a little extra polish and make it the surprising game of the year for 2016.

Originally slated for a Spring 2015 release, Yager has decided that the new Dead Island 2 release date will give them more time to give it the extra attention it needs to survive the ever increasing expectations of current generation gamers.

We could even see a 1080p 60fps display as a result of having Dead Island 2 delayed. Nobody knows for sure yet.

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