Not too long ago we wrote up in regards to the returning Left 4 Lifeless 2 crossover to the primary Dying Mild. Instantly, the feedback about “what occurred to Dying Mild 2” swarmed following a number of main adjustments taking place behind-the-scenes. Following the in-depth take a look at the anticipated sequel throughout E3 2019, Techland has parted methods with key members of its staff and positioned the upcoming sport underneath the ‘delayed indefinitely’ label. This begs the query: what is happening with Dying Mild 2?
The indefinite delay was introduced again in January of this 12 months the place Techland revealed that the staff’s imaginative and prescient wanted extra time to make it a actuality. CEO Pawel Marchewka later promised that there can be extra information following the delay reveal, however then the world was thrust into chaos following large wildfires, a world pandemic, and just about the whole lot else this 12 months might throw at us. With ‘work at home’ orders in place, the strenuous improvement progress presumably felt the warmth of the occasions surrounding COVID-19, solely to later lose an vital a part of the narrative staff a number of months later.
Again in June, sexual assault allegations arose in opposition to accredited video games author Chris Avellone. “We deal with issues of sexual harassment and disrespect with the utmost care, and don’t have any tolerance for such behaviors – it applies to each our workers in addition to exterior consultants, Chris amongst them,” Techland wrote in an announcement following the information. “This is the reason, along with Chris Avellone, we’ve determined to finish our cooperation.” Other companies Avellone was working with on the time additionally distanced themselves from the author, together with Paradox Interactive surrounding the corporate’s work with him on Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
Through the public departure from his function as a author on Dying Mild 2, Techland confirmed that the sport was nonetheless very a lot in improvement, pushing again in opposition to rumors that the sequel was caught in improvement hell. The preliminary rumor started when a report from a Polish media firm cited that the sport’s improvement was a “complete mess” and that the longer term regarded grim. This resulted within the following assertion to Escapist Journal:
The article contains many inaccuracies which we tried to rectify within the supplies we offered the creator. Bbecause we imagine in transparency, we gave its creator the chance to speak to a few of our workers, so they might present a distinct perspective to the story offered by the nameless sources, and even dismiss it altogether. We offered the creator with an excessive amount of data — sadly, not all of it was used within the article.
Following the PR assertion, lead sport designer Tymon Smektala from Techland added that the sequel was in its “final stretch” of improvement, although there was no phrase on whether or not or not Dying Mild 2 would see a 2020 launch. On condition that it was slated for a Spring 2020 launch and we’re heading into November with nonetheless no information, a 2020 launch appears extremely unbelievable. That being stated, an increasing number of Dying Mild followers, particularly with the Halloween occasion returning, are questioning what’s going on with the sequel and if it has hit one too many roadbumps.
The primary sport made its launch debut again in January 2015, so a Janruary 2021 launch date for its sequel would make sense. That being stated, there isn’t any proof to assist that it’s close to prepared sufficient for that window, and nothing from the staff has supported that risk at the moment. With the following era of gaming upon us with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Sequence X/S, it is seemingly that it will likely be awhile earlier than we see the fruits of Techland’s labor.
What do you consider Dying Mild 2 and its journey to date? Do you assume we’ll see its launch right here quickly or will we be asking this query this time subsequent 12 months? Pontificate together with your theories within the remark part beneath.