How many folks are surprised by this?
Today (publisher and Dead Island IP owner) Deep Silver announced that they were kicking Yager to the curb, and moving on. Given how little we've seen of the game and it's nonexistence at E3 this year, it's not a shock to imagine it's not quite up to snuff. Here's Deep Silver's statement:
"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"Translation:
"It turns out Techland, who created the Dead Island series and went on to do incredible things with this year's Dying Light, are actually a super-awesome development studio. We didn't understand that when we hired the crew that created a thoughtful but middling third-person shooter to carry on the Dead Island legacy after Techland got uppity about wanting to own the name of the next game they created and we kicked them to the curb.
We were really, really stupid to have broken up with Techland. They are amazeballs, and we killed our golden goose by being assholes with them about their independence.
We suck, and this is our comeuppance.