The Chinese company Tencent will soon become the largest shareholder of Dying Light developer Techland.
This step should be a great help for Techland’s new game, which is currently in development, but will of course also influence the further development of Dying Light 2.
Tencent as a strong new partner
The news was recently announced by Techland CEO Pawel Marchewka on Techland’s official website.
Today I am happy to announce the partnership with Tencent who are in the process of becoming Techland’s majority shareholder.
Teaming up with Tencent will allow us to move full speed ahead with the execution of the vision for our games. We have chosen an ally who has already partnered with some of the world’s finest video game companies and helped them reach new heights while respecting their ways of doing things.
According to Marchewka, the partnership with Tencent is meant to make two things possible – making Dying Light the “ultimate zombie game experience for gamers worldwide” and developing the new open world action RPG of an entirely new and proprietary IP that Techland is currently working on.
Techland to retain control
Such a big step, however, is of course not seen positively by everyone, as in the past many a game developer has been “inspired to new ways” by the new partners and the decision-making power over the career path often seemed to no longer lie with the actual developer.
The CEO counters these concerns with the assurance that Techland will continue to have full control over its own brands and creative freedom.
So he is very optimistic.
We will retain full ownership of our IPs, maintain creative freedom, and continue to operate the way we believe is right. I’m also going to continue serving as the studio’s CEO.
I couldn’t be happier about us making this giant step ahead toward the future and sharing this moment with you.
Considering that Tencent is now a global player and holds large stakes in companies like Riot Games (Valorant), Epic Games (Fortnite), Grinding Gear Games (Path of Exiles), Yager (Dead Island 2) or Klei (Don’t Starve) and has not caused any negative changes, one can hope the same for Techland and wish the developers that the new partnership pays off for all sides.
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