Dying Light 2 loses writer and art director as fans fear the worst

2021 was supposed to bring new updates about Dying Light 2, but the departure of a key figure in its development is not what fans will have hoped for.

Ever since it was delayed last January, there have been no real updates concerning Dying Light 2 or when it might finally be released.

But last month developer Techland promised that it would finally be sharing new updates on the game in 2021.

Unfortunately, the first bit of news of the year is that writer and art director Pawel Selinger has left the company.

‘After over twenty-two years, I decided to end my cooperation with Techland’, Selinger wrote on his LinkedIn.

‘I would like to express my gratitude to the company that has allowed me to develop and fulfil myself for half of my life. Techland, I will always be rooting for you, as well as the great people I have met thanks to you.

‘I wish you that [sic] Dying Light 2 and subsequent projects will become world hits. Goodbye and good luck!’

Selinger doesn’t provide a reason as to why he’s leaving, but his choice of words, at face value, don’t seem to indicate any bad blood between him and Techland.

His sudden departure has left fans even more anxious about the state of the game, though this seems to stem from the belief that Selinger was the lead writer, although that’s not how he identifies himself on his own LinkedIn account.

Originally, Chris Avellone was working as lead writer, but he was removed from the project in June 2020 following allegations of sexual harassment. As such, it’s believed by some that Selinger must have taken over, which is possible but not officially announced.

Fans fear this means that the final product won’t be as ambitious as Techland initially advertised, with some worrying that it might not end up being released at all.

Dying Light 2 was originally designed to offer a branching narrative and significant player choices, which would have far-reaching consequences that affect the story and how the player is perceived by other characters.

Some have also compared the game’s troubles to Dead Island 2, another Techland-related sequel that is taking ages to release, even though it’s not being developed by Techland and is instead currently being handled by Dambuster Studios.

Hopefully, the aforementioned new updates Techland promised will arrive sooner rather than later and help alleviate concerns, or at least let fans know what exactly is going on.

Dying Light 2 is in development for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.

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