Dying Light Dev Making New IP and Possibly Dying Light 2 - Report

First Dying Light has reached 8 million unique players, Techland CEO also reveals.


Polish developer Techland, the creator of the Dead Island and Dying Light franchises, is working on at least two new games. Now, CEO Paweł Marchewka has shed some further light on these projects.

He told Eurogamer that one of the games is a new IP that will developed at the studio's Warsaw office. It is described as an open-world fantasy game that has RPG elements "maybe in a slightly bigger sense than Dying Light," Marchewka said. Though it will have some RPG elements, it is not to be thought of as a true RPG. Additionally, the game will offer co-op multiplayer and a single-player, he said.

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This game is not a repurposed version of Hellraid, which was put on hold last year, Marchewka said. However, it is likely the new IP will share some of the same technical elements of Hellraid, he explained.

As for Techland's other game, which is being made at the company's Wrocław office, Marchewka was much more tight-lipped about this project. However, it's suggested that this is Dying Light 2. The first game was made at Techland's Wrocław office, and Eurogamer reports that Marchewka mentioned "Dying Light 2" in an answer to a separate question about the Dead Island franchise.

Dying Light has reached around 8 million unique players, the executive said, adding that the zombie game has been pirated around 3 million times. Officially, the game sold 5 million copies in its first six months.

Pressed to say if the game in development at Techland's Wrocław office was in fact Dying Light 2, Marchewka said, "Can't say that," and smiled, according to Eurogamer.

In August 2015, Dying Light producer Tymon Smektala teased that Techland had "lots of very ambitious ideas" for a sequel.

As for release timing, Marchewka said he expects both the new IP and the other game to be out "within three years."

Finally, Marchewka provided status updates on Hellraid and Call of Juarez, saying Techland is currently weighing its options for what to do with these franchises going forward, but nothing has been decided.

The next mainline Dead Island game is Dead Island 2, which is in development at Sumo Digital after Spec Ops: The Line dropped out. The Dead Island Definitive Collection, which contains remastered versions of Dead Island and Dead Island 2, comes out on May 31 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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