Several months after the events of Dead Island, the armed forces of the United States has put California in a complete restricted quarantine zone due to a new outbreak of zombies. It is unknown how the infection began.
Techland was originally set to develop Dead Island 2, but instead they decided to focus on the development of Dying Light with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Deep Silver went for a developer until the Yager Development has launched the Deep Silver game in summer 2012 and has obtained the agreement. As announced at E3 2014 Sony briefing media, Dead Island 2 will be more dynamic than its predecessors. The game was originally scheduled for a Spring 2015 release, but for now, it keeps a date placeholder on various commercial sites and has been delayed until 2016.
At Gamescom 2014, Deep Silver has shown gameplay from a first version of the game. According to the presented content, the game takes place in California, including landmarks such as the Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood, and many places San Francisco. Similarly, only a fraction of the modifications of the weapon and new zombies were represented on the stage. Also, Deep Silver said the game will feature four playable characters, but only two were shown at Gamescom Demo. It will also feature cooperative multiplayer eight players.
In July 2015, Deep Silver announced that Yager has fallen to develop the game and development will be moved to another anonymous developer. The Chief Yager Development, Timo Ullmann, said later that the departure of the company’s project took place because “Yager and respective visions of Deep Silver project fell out of alignment.” Accordingly, the separate development team of the game Yager Productions GmbH, filed for bankruptcy in July 2015. On March 9, 2016, studio based in the UK Sumo Digital has announced that it has taken over the development of the game.