Originally revealed in 2014, Dead Island 2 has notoriously had a bit of a rough going with its development, going through several release date delays and development studio baton hand-offs since then. However, despite it already being over a decade since the release of the series' first game, it appears the long-awaited sequel is still on the way and could be making its return to the spotlight very soon.
According to prominent gaming insider Tom Henderson Tuesday, sources have indicated that the re-reveal for Dead Island 2 is scheduled for this year. Moreover, a showing at The Game Awards in December would "make a lot of sense."
Henderson went on to add several details for the unannounced game, from it having a "big focus" on cooperative play to the cast being completely new with 5-6 new characters.
The report also mentions that one source who had played Dead Island 2 said, "it’s probably my most anticipated game after playing it," and that it takes place across several different locations including Hollywood and San Francisco.
Ultimately, this report does seem to line up with the cookie crumbs that parent company Embrace Group dropped in February suggesting the game could release in 2023.
During Embracer's Q3 FY2021/22 report, CEO Lars Wingefors hinted that they have one unannounced AAA title releasing in the company's next financial year that they're particularly excited for.
Embracer's 2023 fiscal year closes on March 31, 2023.