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Dying Light 2 maker Techland claims it was unaware of studio issues before damning expose

Dying Light 2 maker Techland claims it was unaware of studio issues before damning expose

Polish games studio Techland has said that it was not aware of issues at the developer until they were presented to it as part of an investigation by The Gamer.

In a statement to that site, the developer said that while some of the incidents mentioned took place over a decade ago, it was trying to improve its working culture. The studio also said it took "full responsibility" for how it is perceived by both former and current staff, but stops short of apologising. 

“We emphasize that we respect both the opinions of the journalist and the statements of our former employees,” Techland said in a statement.

“The absolute majority of them were presented to us for the first time when we were asked to comment on the planned article. Some of the described incidents took place, according to the information presented to us, over 10 years ago. We are constantly working to improve internal communication within the company. We pay particular attention to employee’s feedback and suggestions about the company.

“We take full responsibility for how the company is perceived by our former and current employee. We will not stop in our efforts to make Techland the kind of employer that all talents in the industry dream of.”

The expose into Techland painted chaotic development at the studio, with CEO Pawel Marchewka interfering with the design process.

Techland is currently working on Dying Light 2. That title was announced back at E3 2018 and initially had a spring 2020 release date, but was delayed at the start of last year. The game currently doesn't have a launch window. The project's narrative designer, Paweł Selinger, departed the studio at the start of 2021.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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