As you may already know, back in January 2020 Techland announced that the next Dying Light game has been delayed. And, as we predicted back then, the game was most likely targeting a 2021 release date. Then later on in May 2020, Dying Light 2’s lead game designer, Tymon Smektala, claimed that the game is in its final stretch of development.
Techland then recently issued an update, claiming that it will share more details about Dying Light 2 in 2021. Now according to a recent report coming via GamingBolt, it appears that Dying Light 2 narrative and art director Pawel Selinger has recently left Techland after 20 years of service with the studio.
But the developer has assured that any recent departures from the studio haven’t adversely impacted development of the upcoming Dying Light game. Whether the project is fully finished when Pawel Selinger left Techland is still not very clear at this time.
Dying Light 2 has had a rough development process. First the game was delayed indefinitely so Techland could target next-gen consoles. Then back in June 2020, Chris Avellone, the game’s previous author/writer was involved in some serious controversy regarding company misconduct and behavior, forcing Techland to find a new writer, because of the allegations imposed on him.
Techland has issued a statement to GamingBolt:
“Pawe? Selinger, who has been the Narration Designer for the last two years, decided at the end of 2020 to end his cooperation with Techland and to pursue his further career elsewhere,” the developer said in its statement.
“Pawe? spent most of his professional life at Techland and he, among others, takes credit for the success of the series Call of Juarez. He left a large piece of himself with Dying Light 2, as he worked on the project from the very beginning. His duties, i.e. the narrative department, were taken over by Piotr Szymanek in October 2020.”
According to TweakTown, “The popular consensus is that Selinger is leaving because of Techland’s internal problems, and that Dying Light 2 could be in development hell similar to Dead Island 2. But what if this isn’t the case? What if the game is already written and Selinger is simply moving on because the work is finished? ”
Dying Light 2 will be using the C-Engine, a new generation of Techland’s in-house technology. As the devs have noted, this engine will be ideal for open-world action-adventure and action-RPG games. The game also aims to bring to life a unique post-apocalyptic vision of the Modern Dark Ages.
It’s also worth noting that the game will be using Ray Tracing effects. Since this is an NVIDIA-sponsored game, our guess is that it will also take advantage of DLSS.
Stay tuned for more!