Publisher Deep Silver has announced Yager Development is no longer developing Dead Island 2, in doing so revealing a game in more trouble than previously thought. No information regarding a new developer has been revealed.
In a statement, Deep Silver said: "With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve. After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner Yager.
"We will continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life, and we will share further information at a later stage."
The game was first revealed at E3 2014 and first demoed publicly at Gamescom 2014, where IBTimes UK spoke to Yager design director Jörg Friedrich and Carsten Lindner, senior producer at Deep Silver (at the time), about the game.
In April, an announcement revealed the game would be delayed until 2016, one that hinted at problems behind the scenes. This latest news only reveals those issues are worse than first feared.
In their statement regarding the delay, Deep Silver and Yager said:
Yager is yet to comment on the latest development.