Dambuster Studios has confirmed that their upcoming first-person action game, Dead Island 2, has been delayed by 12 weeks. The release date was previously set for February 3, 2023, but the game will now be released two months later, in April 2023.
Dead Island 2 is the sequel to the 2011 open-world survival game Dead Island. It’s been in the works since 2014 but has had a rocky development as it has changed developers, was delayed many times, and disappeared from the public eye for several years. The game was re-revealed to the world a few months ago with a February 2023 release date, but the game’s launch has been delayed to April 23rd, 2023.
The developers offered a statement via a blog post regarding the game’s delay, clarifying that they understood the irony of the game being delayed again and apologizing for disappointing anyone excited about it. They stated that the delay was just 12 weeks, and the game’s development is now in its final stages. They further stated that they’d be using this development time to polish the game and offer fans a game that the development team could be proud of.
Another potential reason for the delay is that the developers may need to distance themselves from the competition. Many games are set to release in 2023, such as Hogwart’s Legacy and Horizon: Call of The Mountain, which will be bundled with the PSVR 2. These huge releases could impact sales, so it makes sense to push the game’s launch to a later date to get more sales.
Despite the delayed release date, the developers have confirmed that the game’s premiere on December 6th will still happen. The premier will give fans more information about the game and feature a new trailer with gameplay. All we know about the game now is that it’ll be set in Los Angeles and be a co-op adventure that will feature RPG elements.