Up to the whirlwind of speculation. Gossip that Microsoft would like to buy a Polish studio appeared in 2019, but our neighbors have a studio like a poppy. The targeting of speculation at Techland came last spring, when it became clear that the development of Dying Light 2 was not going according to plan at all, and it was the buyout by Microsoft that could bring some order to the company. But the PR manager gossiped in May 2020 she denied, moreover, it seemed unlikely at the time that he would buy a company as large as Techland, and rather target smaller independent studios.
But six months later, during which Microsoft bought the ZeniMax for $ 170 billion, proving it to be serious about acquisitions. In a recent episode of the podcast Defining Duke YouTuber and insider Jeremy Penter aka ACG have released information that Microsoft is trying to gain fairly substantial exclusivity for Windows 10 and Xbox this year. He should achieve this by buying a studio that has an AAA game scheduled for this year.
Another of the insiders, Nick Baker aka Shpeshal Ed, on his own Twitter He stated that he was quite sure that ACG had run into Techland and Dying Light 2. His speculations in the past had not always been accurate, but he had informed in advance the return of the Perfect Dark series or o purchase of Gearbox by Embracer, so it has some relevance.
Dying Light 2, on the other hand, has been announced for PCs, Xbox One and Series X | S, and PlayStation 4 and 5, with Sony consoles already running pre-orders for an unspecified date this year. From this point of view, therefore, a last-minute announcement of exclusivity seems rather unlikely.
The community manager commented on the speculation on Saturday in the sense that Techland is an independent studio that was not bought by another publisher, which, however, does not answer the question of whether such a possibility still happens not to be negotiated and in the future.
Source: Games by games.tiscali.cz.
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