Techland have stated they announced Dying Light 2 too early and will be issuing a development update this Wednesday.
That’s not to say the company will be explaining exactly where they are in Dying Light 2’s troubled development cycle, just that they have “a few words to share with you about the Dying Light 2 development process”.
However, after tweeting out their initial announcement, the Dying Light Twitter account went on to state that, while they denied the game was in development hell, they’d announced the game too early:
Afaik the definition of a dev hell requires the game to not make any development progress, while DL2 keeps moving forward, we announced the game too early but it's far from being in a dev hell 😛
— Dying Light (@DyingLightGame) March 12, 2021
However, it’s a little more complicated than that. Dying Light 2, a follow-up to zombie-slaughtering parkour game Dying Light, was announced in 2018 but has run into more than a little trouble. Art director Pawel Selinger left Techland (who are publishing and developing the game) and writer Chris Avellone left around June last year. Avellone’s departure was in response to sexual misconduct allegations, but we’re still curious as to why Selinger left, whether it was simply his time to move onto pastures new or whether there was something about the project itself that lead to his departure.
We’ve always said we’d rather a game be delayed than released in an unfinished state, though we’re still a little worried about state that Dying Light 2 is in. We won’t be the only ones with concerns and this new announcement will, we presume, be an effort to quash those concerns. We’ll have more details this Wednesday.