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The Dying Light 2 development story is a bit of a tricky one after conflicting reports that the game was in development hell, but also not in development hell. Either way, the developers Techland recently posted a short video updating us on the game’s development, and even teased a 2021 release date after it was delayed indefinitely last year as well as some brand new gameplay footage.
Dying Light 2 developers, Techland, have revealed they have an announcement to make about the game’s development this Wednesday, March 17th, but have said that they won’t be revealing a new release date. It’s likely it will respond to the recent reports that the game is in development hell, but Techland have clarified it won’t be cancelled.
Well we’re back at this again. According to a new report online, development on Dying Light 2 is “total chaos” at the moment, reflective of the many development struggles it has faced over the years that was reported before. But conflicting ideas paint a confusing picture of the actual story of development for Dying Light 2, as the developers previously said it was in the last stretch of development.
If 2020 wasn’t a bad enough year for development on Dying Light 2, with a major delay as well as Lead Writer Chris Avellone leaving, 2021 hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for developers Techland either after they lost their supposed Art Director and Lead Writer, Pawel Selinger.
Dying Light 2 is still one of our most anticipated games of the year, yet 2020 has proven to be a bit disastrous for the title, and 2021 looks to be no better unfortunately as Techland, the developers behind the game, have lost yet another key developer: this time Writer and Art Director Pawel Selinger.
There was an article earlier this month, describing the state of development for Dying Light 2 within Techland’s studio, and rising conflicts between the game’s director, Adrian Ciszewski, and external writer, Chris Avellone. The Polish report stated that the game has been in development hell and “is a total mess.” However, in a recent interview with the press, the senior PR manager Ola Sondej explained that these reports were inaccurate, and that the game is actually in the final stretch of development.
Before we dig further into this, it’s worth noting that this is a published article from Poland, and as such is in the native Polish language, so translations may be a bit off here, but the core of the story is still there. Essentially, according to some employees at Techland, development on Dying Light 2 has been absolute hell and “is a total mess.” As always though, these are still rumors and we must all take them with a big spoonful of salt.
More developers are taking advantage of ray tracing technology thanks to the upcoming next-gen consoles that will support it. Though it doesn’t always just have to make a game more realistic or ‘prettier’, in fact it can greatly enhance the game’s atmosphere and tone if implemented correctly, and it seems that Techland, creators of the hit Dying Light 2, feels the same way.
Much to the disappointment of Dying Light fans, the highly anticipated sequel has been delayed...indefinitely 
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.
Dying Light 2 is shaping up to be one of the highlights of 2020 already, which is no mean feat in a year which will include The Last of Us 2, Cyberpunk 2077, and Final Vampire: Bloodlines 2. Techland’s had four years to improve on the already great original, but launch day won’t be the end of the journey either; the development team will be sticking with Dying Light 2 for at least four years after its launch.