Dying Light 2 seems to be in some trouble following a scathing report about its mismanaged developer, Techland. The developer of the beloved zombie series has come under fire for its toxic workplace, lack of vision, and uncompromising CEO.
Dying Light 2 is one of the most anticipated games out there following the meteoric success of the first game, but it’s taking a long time to materialize. After some impressive-looking gameplay footage in 2019, the game has been largely silent. Techland has reaffirmed that the game isn’t in development hell, but there may be some trouble brewing internally.
In a new report from The Gamer, sources noted how poorly Techland is run and explained that it’s one of the reasons why Dying Light 2 is taking so long to release. The sources pointed their fingers primarily at the company’s CEO, Pawel Marchewka, who approves or shoots down almost all of the ideas and has a tough time creating any sort of concrete vision for the studio. “It is 100 percent true that there is nothing written in stone in Techland. Dying Light 2’s story was rewritten like six times or so. It could have worked in Dying Light because the project was smaller, but it makes production for Dying Light 2 – a much bigger project – just impossible to move forward.”
Over 20 people have left the 400 person studio in the last few months, including key people like Dying Light 2’s writer. Sources noted that the game’s writing team has been cycled through a number of times with new people coming and going. One source even said that they “have no idea what the final game will be, or what the story is. It’s changed so much. People kept quitting, getting fired.” It’s clear the game lacks any cohesive vision from start to finish and closely resembles a Cyberpunk 2077-like mess. The CEO of Techland apparently aspires to be like CD Projekt Red, so much so that it may mimic that company’s own failings in the pursuit of greatness.
There’s currently no release date for Dying Light 2 but new details are meant to arrive in 2021. It seems like it could be sooner than later as a recent leak showcased the game’s collector’s edition, meaning there are new assets and marketing materials ready to go. Should everything go well, perhaps the game could release this year. Given the state Cyberpunk 2077 launched in, it’s also entirely possible Techland may take new steps to avoid a similar misfire. The company was supposed to release the game in 2019, which the developers said was impossible following the CEO setting the date. The CEO eventually relented and delayed the game.