It has been five years since Dead Island 2 was revealed at E3 2014. The game has gone through some serious development hell since then, prompting some scepticism whether it will ever release. But Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media, the company responsible for the zombie hacking sequel says the delays merely shows their commitment to “getting it right”.
When asked by GamesIndustry.biz on the subject, Kundratitz insisted the game is coming, and that it is going to be great:
Look, Dead Island is a very important brand for us and we’ve got to get it right. It’s just a testimony of our dedication to get it right. It’s a great story to tell everyone that it’s on its third studio, but we like to be judged on the end result and we’re really confident that when it comes out it’s going to be a kick-ass zombie game. We’ll certainly give it all our power.
Koch Media has been doing reasonably well over the last few years, with games. They are a media company that’s part of THQ Nordic and games publisher Deep Silver is a division of Koch Media. Games released by Deep Silver in recent times include Kingdom Come Deliverance, Metro Exodus as well as the upcoming Shenmue III.
Long and drawn-out development times usually don’t bode well for video games though, especially if the work keeps changing hands from developer to developer. Hopefully Dead Island 2 can come out and prove the norm wrong and be something good. Because we never want to see games fail.