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New report claims chaos and mismanagement at Dying Light 2 studio Techland

Since its 2018 reveal, developer Techland’s highly anticipated Dying Light 2 has been plagued by setbacks, ranging from multiple delays to high-profile staff departures. A new report has now shed additional light on the troubled project, painting a picture of chaotic, unfocussed development driven by an overbearing CEO.

TheGamer recently spoke to former and current staff about the inner workings of Techland, with numerous accounts blaming Dying Light 2’s troubles on an “iterative” design process that is, in reality, as chaotic as it is directionless. One source even when as far as calling it “a production pipeline that changes so quickly and rapidly that it might as well not exist”.

“What is going on in Techland is just total chaos, not iteration,” explained another. “There are plenty of examples where there is someone responsible for a given feature…but [creative director Adrian Ciszewski and CEO Paweł Marchewka] just overwrite this because of some bullshit reason, like they’ve seen something working differently in other games.”

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Since its 2018 reveal, developer Techland’s highly anticipated Dying Light 2 has been plagued by setbacks, ranging from multiple delays to high-profile staff departures. A new report has now shed additional light on the troubled project, painting a picture of chaotic, unfocussed development driven by an overbearing CEO.

TheGamer recently spoke to former and current staff about the inner workings of Techland, with numerous accounts blaming Dying Light 2’s troubles on an “iterative” design process that is, in reality, as chaotic as it is directionless. One source even when as far as calling it “a production pipeline that changes so quickly and rapidly that it might as well not exist”.

“What is going on in Techland is just total chaos, not iteration,” explained another. “There are plenty of examples where there is someone responsible for a given feature…but [creative director Adrian Ciszewski and CEO Paweł Marchewka] just overwrite this because of some bullshit reason, like they’ve seen something working differently in other games.”

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