“When will Dying Light 2 be released ?” is the million dollar question. The game was originally announced in 2018, and it was loaded with exciting in-game material: it was possible to see the city, the narrative direction, as well as the combat and platform mechanics that characterized the first game. But it did not launch in 2020 as announced. In fact, the development seems to have been in limbo, while only worrying news arrives. Some creatives quit, there is speculation about the future of the company, and the ambitions of the project are blurred . Something happens inside the Polish studio.
The development of Dying Light 2 could not be more problematic, with several key figures getting off the ship in the middle of the crossing, and even the dismissal of its screenwriter, Chris Avellone, for cases of sexual abuse . It’s an ambitious open-world AAA, made by a study of 400 people with experience in games of this magnitude. Why doesn’t it seem like it’s progressing?
The Gamer has published an extensive report with statements from its employees in which they denounce poor leadership and worse communication, in which the ideas of the employees. They accuse their CEO, Pawel Marchewka, of an authoritarian attitude that does not accept to listen to any other opinion.
Several sources speak of a work environment that is “total chaos”, in which the work of months can be thrown over the edge by decision of the CEO. ” The script for Dying Light 2 was written about six times, and in a production as large as this it makes moving forward impossible .”
Pawel Selinger, the screenwriter who was hired in June 2020 to replace Avellone, found himself a “Frankenstein’s monster, a story stitched together from several parts, each of five different writing teams.” Selinger left Techland within a few months.
Even worse, many employees feel a climate of toxicity from offensive comments from Marchewka, disparaging his job saying “it’s shit” or “it’s too gay. ” In addition, they also do not trust the human resources channel, since the person in charge is Marchewka’s wife, who seems to have obtained her position without having any experience in that department.
Dying Light 2 has no set date, even though Marchewka was once confident of releasing it in 2019 … with most of his employees knowing that it was a completely unattainable goal.