Dying Light 2, your Most Anticipated Game of 2020, has been delayed to an unknown date

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 4:31 PM
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it’s delay season and Techland’s Dying Light 2 is next on the chopping block. Dying Light 2 was recently voted your Most Anticipated Game of the Year 2020 at the Global Game Awards, but sadly we're going to have to wait a little while longer.

Originally pencilled in for a Spring 2020 launch, Techland has now pushed Dying Light 2 back to an undisclosed date.

“It was a busy year for us as we continued working on our biggest project to date. We know you are awaiting the game eagerly, and we want to deliver exactly what we promised,” wrote Pawel Marchewka, Techland CEO.

“We were initially aiming for a Spring 2020 release with Dying Light 2, but unfortunately we need more development time to fulfil our vision. We will have more details to share in the coming months, and will get back to you as soon as we have more information. We apologise for this unwelcome news. Our priority is to deliver an experience that lives up to our own high standards and to the expectations of you, our fans.

“Please stay tuned, and thank you to our fans around the world for your continued support, patience, and understanding.”

I think most people probably kind of assumed that Dying Light 2 was going to struggle to hit that Spring 2020 launch. That would make its launch only a handful of months away and we’ve had radio silence as of late.

With no new release date to share with us just yet it would Techland is going for the it’s done when it’s done approach. Fingers crossed we don’t have to wait too long for GD’s most anticipated game of 2020.

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00:40 Jan-22-2020

Have we not suffered enough with the recent delays??

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12:05 Jan-21-2020

Oh well. On a positive note, I was starting to worry about not having time to finish older games. This changes things

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10:00 Jan-21-2020

Are they all waiting for new console releases?

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06:53 Jan-21-2020

Whose?

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11:13 Jan-21-2020

? If you mean whose most anticipated, links are in the article

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14:45 Jan-21-2020

^ What he said.


This was voted on in the Global Game Awards which is run by this site.

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04:20 Jan-21-2020

I'm not surprised. It looked very ambitious from the gameplay reveal. I hope not too much content will be cut.

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02:23 Jan-21-2020

I'm not surprised. It was just another zombie game.

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02:19 Jan-21-2020

Starting to feel like all publishers announced the games early 2020 just to build hype with the intention of releasing during autumn anyway. First Vampire Bloodlines 2, then Watch Dogs, CyberPunk 2077 and now Dying Light 2. Can't even remember them all. And everyone acts like "yeah it's fine take your time" but this feels like nothing but marketing tactics and it's really sad.


Let them do as they want. Just remember: no preorders.

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18:42 Jan-21-2020

Indeed no pre orders almost pre ordered this game and others they are coming to delay most of the games let them finish.

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20:01 Jan-21-2020

In most cases they have a set deadline for when the game is supposed to be released, but they don't always manage to finish and polish the game in time. IMO It's always better to let game developers take as much time as needed when making games if the end product it's polished and great.

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08:36 Jan-22-2020

I agree but taking into account that all companies do this, especially, all at the same time, makes it sound ridiculous.

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01:02 Jan-21-2020

Based on what little gameplay I have seen, this looks to be quite the significant improvement gameplay wise from the first one.


Graphics wise, it looks about the same. But I would have to play it and do side-by-side comparisons to really tell anything.


I suspect any improvements are minimal at best but it will likely feature RTX for lighting which will really help with immersion.

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23:17 Jan-20-2020

Cyberpunk is showing developers how it should be done

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18:36 Jan-20-2020

If the game comes out better, then delay all you want!

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18:13 Jan-20-2020

Ok

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17:57 Jan-20-2020

Most anticipated of 2020? I don't give a flying fk about this game.

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18:17 Jan-20-2020

same, but there might have been a poll with most anticipated games here on GD and it could have been voted for it, I haven't seen one, but just guessing.

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18:22 Jan-20-2020

Yes, people here voted for DL2 for most anticipated game of 2020.

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01:07 Jan-21-2020

Psycho, there was a page, not an article, but a whole page where you could vote for a piece of hardware or a game for a particular category when the Global Game Awards were live.


I was also one of those who voted for this particular game (or was it Cyberpunk? I don't remember) in that category because I am a sucker for survival (and sci-fi) games.

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12:39 Jan-21-2020

Ahh yeah, the yearly awards. I can't remember every category, or I can, but I haven't XD

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17:16 Jan-20-2020

They should take their time and all false advertising companies should be charged.

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03:33 Jan-21-2020

if you did not or was not able to purchase the game (pre-order or completed product, then there is no false advertising. you have to be able to meet the standard of actually spending money and it has done harm to you....

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03:35 Jan-21-2020

for it to qualify. if you didnt spend money on a service, then there isnt anything that can be done. the date of a product release isnt false advertising if it changes because there are laws in effect to protect companies.

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03:37 Jan-21-2020

there is no if's here. this is all pretty black and white.
unless you can find a poster stating an actual date and not just going by a vague timeframe from an announcement, there is literally no way to prove your case.

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12:40 Jan-21-2020

False advertising is when you say A about your product and then it turns out it's B. It has nothing to do with who spent money, who did this and that.

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13:01 Jan-21-2020

Failure to hit an intended release date doesn't constitute false advertising though, doubly so where there isn't even a product for sale yet.

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13:59 Jan-21-2020

False advertising is the use of false, misleading, or unproven information to advertise products to consumers. That includes release date as it is information about the product.

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14:14 Jan-21-2020

At least here in the UK, that doesn't constitute false advertising. For starters, there aren't adverts for it anywhere, so it's basically a non-starter. Secondly, they haven't deliberately mislead consumers, mistakes are human. Thirdly, the game isn't even available to pre-order yet, meaning the consumer cannot be deceived out of money.

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14:17 Jan-21-2020

Neither of those are a factor and they said early 2020, now it's delayed by 5 months, so yeah. Just do NOT give release dates until the product is in its final state... what is so hard about that?

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15:35 Jan-21-2020

It didn't have a release date it had a target window. But have you ever made plans to meet at a given time but your bus didn't turn up and you accidentally turned up 10 minutes later? Multiply the complexity of that by about a million and that's what I'd imagine it's like for a studio of 400 people (even at a basic human level there will be be holidays, bereavements, bad days, unexpected problems, sick days, kids, births, doctors, dentists) to all get their four years of complex work together and synced by a specific date. Seems pretty difficult to me.


On the subject of why a window was even given, that was probably because they expected to be able to do it at the time, and it's a necessity for getting marketing and publishing in order (all of which will be getting locked in up to a year before launch).

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15:49 Jan-21-2020

You think I'm not aware of how a software team works, or the complexity of delivering and functioning bug free software of big scale? Very well aware of it, considering I've been in software companies and I plan to work as a software engineer. And I very much defend software developers when they need to be defended, like their AAA games needing to cost much more than 60$...


Still this is not an excuse, don't give a release date until at least 95% of it is finished. If a software company gives a YEAR, not a date, not a small time period, a YEAR to another company that is going to use their software and they don't diliver it within that year, then they are gonna be fined or ditched for another... No clauses, no documents, no ads(I mean they don't use ads for that, but stil) VERBAL only.

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17:27 Jan-21-2020

Just to be clear, are you comparing a release window slapped on the end of a game trailer to an agreement between two companies for an service that will have a direct impact on their respective revenues? I'm not really sure why that wouldn't ever be contractual, both would be in the wrong there.


Because that ain't apples and oranges, it's apples and giant pandas that you're comparing. There is no basis in what you're saying about Dying Light 2 that falls under any aspect of false advertising, unless you can enlighten me and point in the right direction?

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18:48 Jan-21-2020

Comparing yes, because it's comparable, it's not as severe. Same idea, but with less consiquences. The severity of something doesn't change the logic behind it.

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19:00 Jan-21-2020

Ok whatever

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04:09 Jan-22-2020

actually in the US, it has to affect health or money. that constitues false advertising. at no point, is there false advertising here. look up the laws before spouting out misinformation.

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04:10 Jan-22-2020

"A false advertisement can further be classified as deceptive if the advertiser deliberately misleads the consumer, as opposed to making an honest mistake."
there are laws to protect companies from things happening and...

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04:12 Jan-22-2020

and "consumers" such as yourself from attacking them over such things.

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09:28 Jan-22-2020

Of course the us thinks only about money... I gave you a translation of false advertising here, but I guess in other places it is all about the money...

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21:23 Jan-22-2020

Of course, it's the whole US law that's wrong now. You gave your interpretation of false advertising, which isn't actually what's considered false advertising by law, in most countries, US included. But of course, it's others who're wrong.

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21:28 Jan-22-2020

It's kinda simple in this situation. Improper release date, or time window cannot be false advertisement, especially so if they're not even selling the product. You often brag how you know intricate details about software companies inner...

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21:31 Jan-22-2020

...workings and the fact that you aim to be a software engineer, so it would be expected of you to know that software if finicky, and sometimes last minute issues can grind a whole thing to a halt even if everything was working perfect...

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21:34 Jan-22-2020

...until then. Unless their goal was to mislead the customers, which would, next to not making sense, be really hard to prove, it's not false advertising. They missed their date, that's just called being late. And being late is not illegal.

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02:46 Jan-23-2020

actually you didnt read anything of the laws because you would see its about consumer protection. but people like you means they had to go back and add to the laws to stop frivolous litigation over mistakes.

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02:50 Jan-23-2020

is it generally conceivable by advertising lawyers in Bulgaria to think that certain information that is placed on a corporate website that is not immediately available upon its opening or actively introduced to the user.....

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02:51 Jan-23-2020

(eg by a pop-up window) but instead requires the user to specifically and actively search for it, does not meet the characteristics of ‘advertising’?


That is actually from a Bulgarian Law Firm

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17:08 Jan-20-2020

Guess the gaming industry has seen from anthem,fallout 76,wwe 2k20 that people no longer tolerate half baked broken games and will get crap for it so they make sure it doesnt need 5 patches to get basic functionality. Turns out people are ok with delays if the game that comes out is good.

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16:40 Jan-20-2020

I knew it!

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