The development of Dying Light 2 has been ‘total chaos,’ according to report

The development of Dying Light 2 has been 'total chaos,' according to report

Dying Light 2 has had its share of struggles since it was announced almost three years ago at E3 2018. Developer Techland made some very big promises regarding the impact of individual player choice on gameplay and outcomes, which would demand multiple playthroughs for anyone who wanted to see more than half of the content it offered. But a planned release for spring 2020 was missed, and a new release date hasn’t been set. The game also lost its lead writer, Pawel Selinger, who departed earlier this year after more than 20 years at the studio.

A new report on Techland published by TheGamer suggests that the project may be floundering largely due to problems at the studio, particularly regarding the “autocratic” management style of CEO Pawel Marchewka. Interviews with ten current and former employees allege problems including an over-reliance on external consultants who lack experience in the games industry (whose advice is often ignored anyway), conflict at the production level, a high rate of staff turnover, and micromanagement that some developers characterized as “the eye of Sauron,” which has collectively had the effect of stripping the game of a “coherent vision.”

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