There is Nothing Permanent Except Change
Dying Light 2 is a hotly-anticipated upcoming zombie game, set apart from the rest of the shambling hordes by its focus on player choice and an ever-changing world that those choices can impact. Unfortunately, the game is also ever-changing behind the scenes: Techland cut ties with the game’s narrative designer after accusations of abuse and sexual harassment, COVID-19 led to indefinite delays, and now writer/art director Pawal Selinger has announced on his LinkedIn that he’s departing from the Polish studio after working with them for 22 years. Selinger said that he “would like to express my gratitude to the company that has allowed me to develop and fulfill myself for half of my life.” He also added his best wishes, stating that he hopes “Dying Light 2 and subsequent projects will become world hits. Good bye and good luck!”
We were hoping that Dying Light 2 would come out in 2021, but this latest complication may impact its expected release date. Fingers crossed that Techland has a replacement lined up and their schedule doesn’t take too much of a hit. Reportedly, the game is almost complete, so maybe we’ll be lucky. Then again, Cyberpunk 2077 also claimed it was almost done, and we all know how that turned out.
For those of you who are new here, Dying Light 2 takes place 15 years after the first game and focuses on a world that has adapted to zombies. Mostly, this involves a lot of rooftop running and parkour. Players will step into the shoes of Aiden Caldwell, a zombie infected who manages his symptoms with medication, and who uses the heightened agility given to him by the virus to his advantage. But don’t go assuming that this will be a fun, black comedy romp–if these trailers are anything to go by, Dying Light 2 is going to be incredibly brutal and unrelentingly dark, so check it out if you’re into that kinda thing.
Dying Light 2 is being developed for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It is currently set to release sometime in 2021.