Since the unveiling in 2018, developer Techland’s long – awaited Dying Light 2 has been plagued by setbacks, ranging from multiple delays to high-profile staff departures. A new report has now shed further light on the troubled project, drawing a picture of chaotic, unfocused development driven by an overbearing CEO.
TheGamer recently spoke with former and current employees about Techland’s inner workings, with many accounts blaming Dying Light 2’s problems on an “iterative”
“What’s going on in Techland is just total chaos, not iteration,” another explained. “There are many examples where there are some who are responsible for a given function … but [creative director Adrian Ciszewski and CEO Paweł Marchewka] just overwrite this for some silly reason, as if they’ve seen something work differently in other games. “
Another source called it “a well-known joke at Techland that nothing is ever approved, including the name of the game. You may be told to do some work you had approved for a month just because the CEO changed his mind after seeing something.” on the Internet. “
In fact, Marchewka’s “autocratic” leadership style is repeatedly cited as the reason for the setback in the project. “It can also be something like spikes on the enemy,” one source explained, “how [a certain] AI kicks the player, or a visual aspect where Marchewka will give his famous feedback such as, ‘It just looks bad’ or ‘This character looks gay’.
“It’s 100 percent true that there is nothing written in stone in Techland. Dying Light 2’s story was rewritten as six times or so. It could have worked in Dying Light … but that makes the production for Dying Light 2 – a much bigger one. project – just impossible to move forward. “
According to TheGamer, at least 20 people – around five percent of Techland’s 400 employees – have left the studio in recent months, but efforts to hire more producers to bring order to the chaos are also said to have failed, with the “old guard” blocking any attempts to implement change. “As soon as they start challenging it,” said a source, “they are out the door.”
TheGamer’s comprehensive report addresses a wide range of other issues within Techland, including in particular a number of responses from Marchewka himself, and addresses at least some of the allegations made by current and former employees. It’s well worth reading.
As for Dying Light 2, Techland made the decision to postpone the game indefinitely in January 2020, and the studio has said little else about the project since then. However, it denied reports in May last year that the game was in a sad state, and recently promised, earlier this year, that it would soon “share exciting news about Dying Light 2”.