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Dying Light 2 delayed indefinitely

Previously scheduled for spring 2020

first-person machete combat with a soldier in Dying Light 2 Image: Techland
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Dying Light 2, Techland’s follow-up to its open-world zombie action game from 2015, has been pushed back. The Polish publisher announced on Monday that the sequel will not make its originally scheduled release window of spring 2020.

“We were initially aiming for a Spring 2020 release with Dying Light 2, but unfortunately we need more development time to fulfill our vision,” said Techland CEO Pawel Marchewka in a note posted to the franchise’s Twitter account. He added, “Our priority is to deliver an experience that lives up to our own high standards and to the expectations of you, our fans.”

The statement from Techland did not offer a new time frame for Dying Light 2’s launch, with Marchewka saying instead that the company “will have more details to share in the coming months.” The studio previously said that it has always planned to make Dying Light 2 a cross-generation game; it is currently in development on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

It’s been a rough January for delays, although all four of the games that were pushed back last week — Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel’s Avengers, as well as CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 and Sony’s Marvel’s Iron Man VR — were far enough along that their respective publishers were able to give concrete revised release dates.

Techland announced Dying Light 2’s spring 2020 release window back in June, at E3 2019. The studio revealed the project one year prior, at Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference, with renowned RPG writer Chris Avellone introducing the title as something that would expand on the original game’s first-person parkour gameplay with a new focus on story. For more on Techland’s plans, read our impressions piece from E3 2019.