E3 2021: no Dead Island 2 or TimeSplitters says Deep Silver

Nope, nu uh, nada, no way, not a chance (Pic: Koch Media/Deep Silver)

Koch Media is making an announcement during E3 week, but the likes of Dead Island 2 and TimeSplitters have been ruled out.

Expectations for new announcements always reach fever pitch around E3 time and hopes are high for the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo. Surprisingly, Deep Silver, rather than being as mysterious as possible, has chosen to be extremely open and outright de-confirm some games.

In a Twitter post, Deep Silver revealed that its parent company, Koch Media, will be making an announcement as part of Summer Game Fest (the other major gaming event running alongside E3) on June 11 at 8pm BST.

And in order to make sure fans won’t go too wild with speculating, it added that the announcement will have nothing to do with Dead Island, TimeSplitters, Saints Row, or Metro. Plus, no related announcements will be made at E3 either.

To tune in to the Koch Media event head to https://t.co/CLq5syiLzd – it will start at 9pm CEST/12pm PDT. We can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to their news!

— Deep Silver (@deepsilver) June 4, 2021

As disappointing as this news may be, it’s probably for the best to get it out of the way now, than get excited for an announcement that would never happen. Especially since some of Koch Media’s upcoming projects are highly anticipated.

Dead Island 2, a sequel to the 2011 survival horror action game, was announced back in 2014. But its development has been turbulent and it’s changed hands three times before finally settling with Dambuster Studios. In 2018, Deep Silver had to assure fans the game hadn’t been cancelled despite a complete lack of updates.

A new TimeSplitters game was confirmed very recently and is being helmed by a revived Free Radical Design. It’s been over 15 years since the last entry in the series and fans have been hopeful for a new one ever since Koch Media acquired the franchise.

Plans to revive TimeSplitters were only shared last month, so the new game is no doubt too early in development for anything meaningful to be shown.

As for Saints Row and Metro, new sequels for those series have been confirmed in the past as well, but there have been no updates on either project since then. The remaster of Saints Row: The Third has recently released on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, though, to whet fans’ appetites.

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