Techland Cuts Ties With DYING LIGHT 2 Designer Chris Avellone After Sexual Harassment Allegations
Mechanic: Bartosz Sobczak
Category: Dying Light 2
Techland is officially severing ties with Chris Avellone amid multiple sexual harassment claims made against the game designer and writer, best known for his work on Fallout 2, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment.
The Wroclaw-based Dying Light 2 maker isn't the only company that has already parted ways with Avellone, as Hardsuit Labs (Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2) & Gato Studio (The Waylanders) have also ended their partnership with the artist, who has lately been working on Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms.
Considering that Avellone's "predatory" behaviour was discussed in detail by Waylanders Lead Writer Emily Grace Buck in a recent interview with IGN (via PC Gamer), it's safe to say that many more developers will also distance themselves from the Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords writer in the future.
For those unfamiliar with Dying Light 2's development process, Avellone was its narrative designer, working on the long-delayed title's non-linear story. Although the writer is no longer supporting the studio's latest efforts, the team responsible for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s "Bloody Baron" quest is still scripting the sequel.
The official statement confirming the news also reveals that the Polish developer's original plan for Dying Light 2 was revised at the beginning of the year, suggesting that it might be a good while before any new marketing material for the open-world game comes our way. Thankfully, the first entry in the zombie series will receive a fresh expansion — titled Hellraid — sometime this summer to make the way a little bit easier.
Here's the statement regarding our cooperation with Chris Avellone: pic.twitter.com/ozLXZdVPZw— Techland (@TechlandGames) June 22, 2020
It’s been 15 years since humanity lost to the virus. The last great human settlement exists within an unforgiving, infected world, plunged into a modern dark age. During the day, bandits, factions and starving survivors roam the streets scavenging for scraps - or someone to take them from, by violence if necessary. At night the infected roam free, evacuating their dark hideouts to prey on the living.
Dying Light 2 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (via Steam) in 2020.