It was announced that the developer behind LittleBigPlanet 3, Sumo Digital would be taking over development of Dead Island 2.
In an interview with MCV, CEO of Koch Media, Dr. Klemens Kundratitz said that, Sumo showed that they understood the brand, and that they had excellent ideas and a vision that was in line with their own. He also mentioned that they would reveal more information regarding the game at a later stage.
Besides developing LittleBigPlanet 3, Sumo is probably more know for developing Sonic & All Stars Racing.
Dead Island 2 was initially being developed by Yager, but in July 2015 the publisher Deep Silver parted ways with the developer.