Dead Island 2 has gone silent since it was first announced last year. It failed to turn up at E3 2015, and now we have a pretty clear idea why. The development studio behind it, Yager development, has departed from the project. Deep Silver has released a statement, saying that it will continue to work on Dead Island 2 without the team.

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.

It certainly doesn’t look good for Dead Island 2. Even if it does get developed, honestly,the only reason I had any interest in it was because YAGER was involved. The studio is famous for its excellent war game Spec Ops: The Line, and I was hoping to see bits of its storytelling prowess pop up in Dead Island 2. That was probably just wishful thinking.

No comments as to why Yager left development, but chances are it was more wrapped up in its own ambitious aerial combat game, Dreadnought. In all honesty, that looks a lot better than Dead Island 2. Who needs more zombie games, anyway?

Dead Island 2 was pushed back into 2016, but we’ll have to wait and see how this new development affects that date.