Well, this doesn't make for good reading. TheGamer has today put out a very lengthy report about the behind the scenes goings on at Dying Light developer Techland, painting the company in a pretty negative light.
As we say, it's a very lengthy report packed with stories from a variety of anonymous employees at the company, but ultimately it boils down to the suggestion that the team is suffering from "constant iteration, lack of direction, and absence of trust for the experts at the studio", along with "unrealistic deadlines."
Here's what one source had to say about working for the company:
“Company culture teaches you that you will never get anything approved. This is actually a well-known joke at Techland that nothing is ever approved including the name of the game. You can be told to redo some work you had approved for a month just because the CEO changed his mind after seeing something on the internet. Then you are being told that you work too slow and you have no skills to deliver any work on time.”
The report also highlights some bizarre initial marketing ideas for the release of the upcoming Dying Light 2, and in terms of that game specifically, one source stated that they have “no idea what the final game will be, or what the story is. It’s changed so much. People kept quitting, getting fired.”
You can check out the full report on the website if you're keen to read (much) more, but the gist is that according to certain employees, the talent at the company are "being slowly drained of any enthusiasm."
Here's another quote from one of the sources at Techland:
“The amount of passionate people and talent you can meet in Techland is overwhelming. I’m talking mostly about regular staff here since leads seem to be really burned out and tired. Sometimes it even feels like they don’t care anymore, they will do whatever the CEO tells them to do in order to keep their position in the company safe. It is very sad to see this enthusiasm and potential being wasted.”
What do you make of this report? Give us your thoughts down in the comments.
It's a huge shame if these reports are true. Dying Light was such a unique game that really pushed a lot of that genre forward. The sequel has had such a tumultuous development that I can't really say it's shocking to hear things aren't going well.
@Insightful I’m not sure Microsoft can save this company or this game. They’d need to strip the whole company down starting with management and just rebuild the whole thing. Not sure if it’s worth the cost.
Sounds like a talented new studio might be on the horizon chock full of ex-Techland guys & gals...
Good management is hard to come by. I've seen my share of toxicity in the tech industry and while no one's perfect I still never cease to be amazed at how moronic people entrusted with so much responsibility can be. Usually it involves nepotism or charisma.
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