Techland’s closure of its Polish distribution business won’t affect the development of the upcoming Dying Light 2.
While better known for undead open world titles as of late, Techland had a side business in distributing third-party physical copies of games in its home country. But while Techland has now decided to cut that side of its operations, it doesn’t ring poorly for its wider development efforts.
"After months worth of market analysis we have started the process of shutting down the Polish publishing and distribution department," said Techland founder Pawel Marchewka. "The process will last until the end of 2019.”
“This only applies to third-party boxed goods on the Polish market. For several years, physical distribution has not been the core of our strategy, which is to develop the best triple-A action open-world games.”
As part of the closure, 13 employees in logistics and trade departments will be made redundant. Techland said it has provided ample forewarning, and promised to help laid off staff find new work alongside their severance packages.
Dying Light 2 was announced at last year’s E3, with writing provided by RPG veteran Chris Avellone. The firm is also working on an unannounced open-world fantasy game at its Warsaw office.
"These changes have no impact on our global publishing plans and the development of two triple-A games we are currently working on, one of them being Dying Light 2."