Dying Light 2 lead producer Eugen Harton explained that the decision to delay the game from its Spring 2020 release date has helped the team to grow the world significantly and nail down the story part of the game among other things.
Earlier this year, Polish developer Techland officially confirmed that their highly-anticipated survival horror action-adventure will not release in early 2020 as planned. The developer did not set a new release date but have confirmed the game as a cross-gen title, which suggests that it should still arrive this year.
The developers usually delay games for bug fixing and optimisation but in Techland's' case, it helped the team create a much bigger game. Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine, Dying Light 2 lead producer Eugen Harton said the delay was the best decision they could make at that time.
"Delaying the game opened opportunities to nail down the story part of the game, choices our players can make, as well as up the level of open-world opportunities that player will face," Harton explained and added that the sequel is supposed to be a proper evolution of what the studio created in the original. "Building this world takes time and we want Dying Light 2 to be the evolution of what we started within the first game."
Furthermore, he promised that Dying Light 2 world has "grown significantly" thanks to the delay that gave the developers a lot more time to expand the game and its features.
As expected, Dying Light fans were disappointed to hear about the delay but it is safe to say that many will appreciate the developers' efforts to bring the best possible zombie-slaying experience to everyone. "Coming when it's ready" is increasingly becoming every developer's favourite release date, and that is a good thing.