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Former Dead Island 2 Developer Suggests The Game Has Switched Hands Again

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The mysterious future of Dead Island 2 has been thrust into further intrigue following a tweet from an ex-developer.

The game, which has been in a bit of implicit development hell for the past few years, has switched hands through several developers, from its original studio Techland to YAGER and then to Sumo Digital.

All that has been said about the project is that it remains in development, with the latest reassurance coming in July this year.  Now the following tweet by ex-YAGER developer Jan David Hassel has complicated things:

https://www.twitter.com/JanDavidHassel/status/1076219321708433409

According to Hassel, the project may now be being handled by Britain-based Deep Silver subsidiary Dambusters. The studio has recently put up a number of job listings on its website, including a facial animator, senior level designer, programmers, and a few more experienced positions. Each listing asks for experience with Unreal Engine 4. While the choice of engine proves nothing definitively, CryEngine was used to create Dambusters’s previous game, Homefront: The Revolution, while previous iterations of Dead Island 2 have been built using Unreal.

The level designer listing points to Dambuster working on an “established AAA franchise”, whereas a game programmer listing namedrops the sandbox genre, stating the mission “to deliver immersive experiences and emergent gameplay scenarios.”

While these statements could well apply to a theoretical Homefront 3, they are equally pertinent to Dead Island 2, given what is already known about the latter title.

If this news proves to be true, then Dead Island 2 will have gone through four different studios before its release.

As of now, the rumour is unverified. OnlySP has reached out to Deep Silver and Sumo Digital for comment.

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain ability by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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