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Dying Light 2 has been in development for a number of years now, and it's clear that the development team at Techland want to make this new zombie adventure bigger and better than its predecessor in every way.
Despite multiple reports of a rocky development, Techland has insisted that Dying Light 2 is coming on and that it'll likely release this year. In the studio's first official development update in over a year, it explained why we haven't seen much of the game in action.
"This is a huge and complex project and we needed time to make sure it will live up to our vision," Techland explained in a video just a few weeks back. "All of us here are putting our hearts into delivering a game that you will keep playing for months."
More recently, Techland's senior technology programmer Łukasz Burdka and other members of the team touched on what we can expect from Dying Light 2 in a little more detail. Specifically, he discussed just how large the game's world will be - a topic that always seem to be of huge importance in the build-up to the release of any game with an open world.
"The estimate that the map in Dying Light 2 is four times bigger than that of the original game is the most precise estimate that we can provide," Burdka said in an interview with WCCFTech. "The map of Dying Light 2 is much more vertical and gives many more exploration opportunities, so the city feels even bigger than it is."
He added that the city would be bigger, but the team felt it was important to spend time filling what they had with "unique gameplay challenges, memorable stories, and interesting exploration possibilities". I'd always prefer smaller and substantial than large and empty, personally.
Unfortunately, none of the senior members of the team had much to say about the recent report by The Gamer on the poor working conditions at the studio. When asked about many personnel changes at Techland and stories of troubled development, lead game designer Tymon Smektala simply said that the team was putting their all into making Dying Light 2 the best game it could be.
"We lose some people, we miss them, but at the same time a lot of new energy is joining our team, and it's an opportunity for the whole company to learn new methods and approaches," Smektala said. "Actually, for us, it's more stressful to read reports like that - not many people understand that, but these reports are crushing for the team at the studio, for the hundreds of people that put in all of their hearts to deliver players the best game they can."
Dying Light 2 is expected to arrive on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series consoles, and PC this year.
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