For once, Dead Island 2 isn’t being delayed, but its early launch may have been influenced by Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Although its return to the public spotlight made quite a splash at last year’s Gamescom, with new gameplay and a release date, Dead Island 2 has never shaken off its reputation for being constantly delayed.

It was even delayed again last year, just a few months after its Gamescom appearance. So, any subsequent announcement regarding its release date means it’s been hit with another delay, right? Wrong. In fact, the exact opposite.

Not only have developer Dambuster Studios and publisher Deep Silver confirmed that the game has gone gold, but it’s getting reverse delayed and will now release one week earlier than planned, on April 21.

The announcement video on social media even pokes fun at its history of delays, showing a montage of (we assume real) fan comments claiming that it will be delayed again. Other comments include requests for further polish and for it to launch early.

No exact explanation has been given for why its release date has moved up, but presumably development has progressed more smoothly than expected. Or, if we take the official Twitter account at face value, it’s just because a fan asked for it to launch a week early.

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