Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager is not currently working on Dead Island 2, publisher Deep Silver has asserted.
The rebuttal comes after rumours suggesting the game was already at production at the studio. And while Deep Silver has dismissed this, it has not ruled out the possibility of such a project in the future.
"We are neither working with Yager on Dead Island 2 nor do we have any contractual agreement with Yager about any project at this point," the company's development director Guido Eickmeyer toldIGN.
We have neither something in place or in discussion between the parties that would explain such a news, nor do we have Dead Island 2 in concept or production with external partners.
There is a legitimate chance that we will – at some point – work [with Yager] on a title - and I would not even exclude the possibility that this could be something within the Dead Island franchise."
So what of Techland, the studio behind last year's zombie hit, which has already been rumoured to be working on a sequel called Dead World?
"We didn't confirm or deny anything. We can't stop anyone from jumping to conclusions, but we won't comment on rumours,” Techland's international brand manager Blazej Krakowiak told Eurogamer.
"Let's set the record straight. The only thing that happened was that Techland registered Dead World as a trade mark. Let me point out that it's hardly the only trade mark we own.
"While Dead Island is Techland's most successful title, it's not a game changer for us. It's simply another proof that our philosophy of combining proven ideas with innovation and a fresh approach pays off.”