Finally, there’s news on Dying Light 2. Well, sort of. There’s news of news coming next week thanks to a Twitter announcement today that has locked in a development update for Wednesday, March 17.
We’ve got a few words to share with you about the Dying Light 2 development process.
Be sure to be with us next Wednesday.
— Dying Light (@DyingLightGame) March 12, 2021
Dying Light 2 is, of course, the anticipated sequel of 2014’s Dying Light, a post-apocalyptic, open-world zombie game that proved hugely popular. The second game was first announced way back in 2017, promising a larger, more ambitious iteration of the same design, though with a far greater emphasis on storytelling and role-playing.
But writer Chris Avallone, an intricate part of the studio’s plan to focus on storytelling, was forced to leave the studio after allegations of sexual misconduct, Dying Light 2’s development continued to falter. First, a delay earlier this year, then the departure Pawel Selinger, the game’s lead art director and writer who had been with the company for over twenty years.
Through all the trouble, though, Techland denied any sort of development trouble. It will be fascinating to see what the team has to share next week.
I know I was hugely impressed with what I saw of Dying Light 2 back at E3 2018, as was a colleague a year later. It’s clear the game has a huge amount of potential, so let’s just hope it’s further along than I’m sure many fear it is.