Dying Light 2 art director and writer Pawel Selinger has announced that he's left Techland, ending a career spanning more than 20 years at the developer.
"After over twenty-two years, I decided to end my cooperation with Techland. I would like to express my gratitude to the company that has allowed me to develop and fulfil myself for half of my life," Selinger wrote on his LinkedIn page (via Gamespot). "Techland, I will always be rooting for you, as well as the great people I have met thanks to you. I wish you that Dying light 2 and subsequent projects will become world hits," he continued. Selinger worked on games such as Dead Island, Call of Juarez, Dying Light and many more titles in his time at the studio.
Although Dying Light 2 is still in development, it's been quite a while since we've heard anything concrete on the open-world horror game. Dying Light 2 was slated for a spring 2020 release, but in January 2020, Techland announced the game would be delayed indefinitely, with the developer citing that it needed more time to fulfil its vision. In June, lead game designer Tymon Smektala reassured fans that the game was on its way and the team was in the "last stretch" of the project.
With any luck, we'll start hearing more news from Techland on Dying Light 2 soon. The Dying Light Twitter account posted on New Year's Eve, "Get ready for 2021," so maybe this year we'll finally get the long-awaited sequel.
Update: Techland has issued the following statement:
In connection with the information about the departure of Techland’s Art Director, we would like to reassure all fans of the upcoming Dying Light 2 that the position of Art Director is not threatened and has been held by Eric Cochonneau since November 2019. Eric has been taking care of every aspect of the upcoming production ever since and the team under his leadership is doing their best to offer players the best game possible.
Pawel Selinger, who has been the Narration Designer for the last two years, decided at the end of 2020 to end his cooperation with Techland and to pursue his further career elsewhere. Pawel spent most of his professional life at Techland and he, among others, takes credit for the success of the series Call of Juarez. He left a large piece of himself with Dying Light 2, as he worked on the project from the very beginning. His duties, i.e. the narrative department, were taken over by Piotr Szymanek in October 2020.
We will be sharing exciting news about Dying Light 2 soon!