Techland has revealed that Dying Light 2 is currently planned for a release at some point later this year. Confirmed as part of a very questionable video update, the Polish developer spent nearly half the time reading out mean tweets from “fans” before sharing a few seconds of gameplay. It’s the first time we’ve seen the game in action since August 2019, when it was supposedly on track to launch in Spring of the following year. That quite obviously never happened following an indefinite delay, and Techland recently admitted it announced Dying Light 2 far too early.
Back to the present day though and we now have some semblance of a release window to look forward to as well as the promise of more news “very, very soon”. The team needs its fans to stick by them for “just a bit longer”, so more information and gameplay footage around E3 season sounds likely. “This is a huge and complex project and we needed time to make sure it will live up to our vision. All of us here are putting our hearts into delivering a game you will keep playing for months.”
The studio also completely avoided commenting on the recent workplace allegations from former employees. We’re still looking forward to playing Dying Light 2 — hopefully later this year — but this development update wasn’t it. As the team spends time focusing on “fans” who would rather hurl abuse than support at the developer as well as dodging the question of what it’s like to work for Techland on the inside, the few seconds of gameplay leaves a sour taste in our mouths. Maybe it should have just waited until it had something of substance to actually share with its fanbase instead of putting abusive tweets on a pedestal. This really wasn’t it.