Dead Island 2 is back in development at a new studio, says publisher Deep Silver.

The zombie sequel is now being put together by UK-based developer Sumo Digital.

"Sumo showed so much understanding of the brand, had creative ideas and an excellent, vision that was aligned with our own," said Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media.

"We will reveal more details at a later stage, but for now I’d like to say that we are obviously super excited about the progress that we are making with them."

Sumo Digital's back catalogue includes LittleBigPlanet 3 and support on Disney Infinity 3.0; the studio is also providing supplemental work on Crackdown 3 for Microsoft and Reagent Games.

"We’re looking forward to exceeding fan expectation with an ambitious design that we're confident will take bone-crunching, visceral, zombie action to a whole new level," said Sumo COO Paul Porter.

Original developer Yager Productions lost the game in July 2015, due to a creative vision which "fell out of alignment" with those of Deep Silver, before filing for insolvency.

Dead Island 2 was originally set for a 2015 release, but was delayed to 2016 last year; no release date has been formally set.