Techland (the Polish developer behind Dying Light) recently announced a round of layoffs, but the studio's ongoing game projects are unaffected. The layoffs are a part of Techland's decision to close its Polish distribution and publishing department. Techland was in the business of publishing some third-party boxed games in Poland specifically, but that will cease by the end of 2019.
Employees affected by the layoffs are receiving a severance package that Techland says is "above the (video game) industry and the Polish employment legislation standards." Affected employees will receive help finding new jobs, Techland said and added that employees affected by the restructuring were notified about it before it was made official.
The studio has stated that the restructuring will have absolutely no effect on the development of Dying Light 2 or the publishing of God's Trigger. The studio also added that the company's overall global structure remains unchanged. Here is Techland CEO Pawel Marchewka's full statement regarding the matter:
"After months worth of market analysis we have started the process of shutting down the Polish publishing and distribution department. The process will last until the end of 2019. This only applies to 3rd party boxed goods on the Polish market. For several years physical distribution has not been the core of our strategy, which is to develop the best AAA action open-world games."
"These changes have no impact on our global publishing plans and the development of two AAA games we are currently working on, one of them being Dying Light 2. Our company is constantly growing and developing great games. The sales of the original Dying Light are not only not decreasing, but actually continuing to grow year-on-year. Dying Light constantly reaches new audiences and this makes us happy and shows us we have chosen the right direction. It also motivates us to work hard on making Dying Light 2 our best game yet."
"I have personally made sure to take care of the affairs and future careers of the members of our Polish distribution department who will be leaving Techland. Severance packages they will receive are both above the industry and the Polish employment legislation standards. I would like to thank the whole team for the many years of great work together."