Veteran Pawel Selinger's decision to leave Techland after 22 years has raised quite a few eyebrows, but the studio insists there's is absolutely no reason to worry about Dying Light 2 or its art director.
Selinger's farewell post where he showers praise on Techland did little to stem the tidal wave of rumours about the purported real reasons behind his decision.
It didn't take long before Rumourville rehashed the 2020 report by PolskiGameDev.pl, in which an alleged dev describes the game as a "total mess" and the studio's bosses as clueless. Techland maintain this is nothing but a poor and consequently misleading translation from Polish, but that didn't help either.
As for the game itself, the company insists that Dying Light 2 is doing just fine and that they'll have some "exciting" information soon. According to the statement, the position of the game's art director is not only not under risk, but that it has been vacated by Selinger and filled by another dev back in 2019.
You can read the full statement below.
"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.
Paweł 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. Paweł 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!"