Sumo Digital, the UK studio that brought us LittleBigPlanet 3, will be taking over development duties for Dead Island 2.

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Yager Development, developer of Spec Ops: The Line, was originally pegged to develop the title, but publisher Deep Silver parted ways with Yager in July of last year, citing a difference in vision.

Sumo Digital has not only developed LittleBigPlanet 3, but has also had a part in developing a handful of other big titles, such as Forza Horizon 2, Disney Infinity 3.0, and Crackdown 3. They will also be the developer of the PC version of Rock Band 4 should it succeed in its crowdfunding campaign.

“Sumo showed so much understanding of the brand, had creative ideas and an excellent vision that was aligned with our own,” said chief executive Klemens Kundratitz.

“It just made perfect sense for us to move the project to them. We will reveal more details at a later stage, but for now I’d like to say that we are obviously super excited about the progress that we are making with them.”

The team at Sumo Digital

The team at Sumo Digital

In response to his studios new gig, COO of Sumo Digital Paul Porter said,

“It’s an honour to be charged with the evolution of such an important franchise in Deep Silver’s catalogue. We’re looking forward to exceeding fan expectation with an ambitious design that we’re confident will take bone-crunching, visceral, zombie action to a whole new level.”

Dead Island 2 will arrive first on PlayStation 4 before reaching the Xbox One and PC platforms. No release date has been set.

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