Tencent To Acquire Majority Stake In Dying Light Studio Techland

Published: July 24, 2023 10:14 AM /


Some angry, slavering zombies in the Techland game Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 studio Techland has revealed that Chinese gaming giant Tencent will become its majority stakeholder.

In a blog post titled "Techland's Next Chapter and the Road Ahead", CEO Paweł Marchewka outlines what this announcement means for his studio.

Marchewka says that although Techland's "open-world action RPG in a fantasy setting" is shaping up well, the studio needs to team up with "like-minded friends and strong partners" to make its vision a reality.

As such, Techland turned to Tencent, which is now in the process of becoming the Polish developer's majority shareholder.

According to Marchewka, this move will allow Techland to "move full speed ahead" with development on its projects, including the aforementioned (and as-yet unnamed) fantasy RPG.

Crystallized monsters rushing the player in Dying Light 2 by Techland
Techland is best-known for the Dying Light series.

Marchewka says he and Techland will retain "full ownership" of their IPs, as well as maintaining "creative freedom" over the projects they're pursuing. In addition, Marchewka himself will remain as studio CEO.

In short, it doesn't sound like much is changing in terms of Techland's day-to-day operation, but the studio now has Tencent's considerable financial heft behind it, which could make a serious difference to the studio's budgets in future. The difference Tencent's investment will make in practical terms remains to be seen.

This is just the latest pie into which Tencent is putting its fingers.

Other studios with major investment from the gaming giant include Elden Ring developer From SoftwareBack 4 Blood studio Turtle Rock, and legendary indie outfit Klei Entertainment.

Tencent also teamed up with gaming peripheral company Logitech to release a handheld cloud gaming console, the Logitech G Cloud, last year in North America and earlier this year in Europe.

We'll have to wait and see what Techland has up its sleeve next, but make sure to stay tuned for more news on all things Techland and all things Tencent.


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