Dead Island 2 Lives

Sumo Digital has taken over development of Dead Island 2, reports MCV, following up on the news from last summer that publisher Deep Silver had removed Yager Productions from the zombie sequel, which lead to the developer's insolvency. Their explanation of the situation includes some relevant quotes:
“Sumo showed so much understanding of the brand, had creative ideas and an excellent, vision that was aligned with our own,” Koch Media CEO Dr Klemens Kundratitz told MCV.

“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.”

Sumo Digital has previously handled triple-A IP including Disney Infinity, LittleBigPlanet and Forza. The studio is also working on Microsoft’s new Crackdown game.

“It’s an honour to be charged with the evolution of such an important franchise in Deep Silver’s catalogue,” said Sumo COO Paul Porter. “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.”