There is significant concern surrounding Dying Light 2 and its development team. Dying Light 2 saw its debut back at E3 2018 in a rather epic-looking trailer. A year later and Techland released a 25-minute gameplay demo. Originally, Dying Light 2 was set to release in Spring 2020 but Techland decided to delay the game in January 2020. Since the delay, the development progress went silent. Fast forward almost a full year since the game’s delay and we have yet to see or hear anything about Dying Light 2. Thankfully, that may soon change as Techland claims they have “exciting news” to share very soon.
The announcement comes after rumours of the game’s rocky development surfaced online. Last year, the studio lost Chris Avellone after sexual misconduct allegations came to light. Last week, lead writer Pawel Selinger announced his departure from the studio. In addition, reports claimed that the Dying Light 2 art director also left. However, this was false. Techland addressed the fake news in a statement saying:
“We would like to reassure all fans of the upcoming Dying Light 2 that the position of Art Director is not threatened and has been held by Eric Cochonneau since November 2019. Eric has been taking care of every aspect of the upcoming production ever since and the team under his leadership is doing their best to offer players the best game possible.”
In short, the recent departures from Techland, be it due to sexual misconduct or simply leaving the studio, have not affected the company or the development phase of Dying Light 2. However, there is still reason for concern. It has been over a year now since we have seen or heard anything new about the game. Thankfully, that is about to change. Techland claims that they have exciting news to share about Dying Light 2 soon. When is this happening? We have no idea….
We also need to be patient. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy on developers at all. In 2020, studios had to adopt a work-from-home approach which threw a spanner into the works. Dozens of games were delayed and Dying Light 2, even if we don’t know it yet, is most likely affected by the pandemic too. In the meantime, watch the last gameplay down below;