Microsoft: More Rumours Of Acquiring Techland Emerge

The Polish studio behind Dying Light 2 will likely respond shortly, denying all the rumours.

This seems to be a seesaw between the Redmond-based company and Techland. Last year, we heard rumours that Microsoft wants to expand its Xbox Game Studios with them, but the Poles have firmly responded by saying „We’re remaining independent. We’re not in talks with anyone about being potentially acquired.” Now the cycle starts all over.

Microsoft has money to expand (remember who is behind Windows and Office… and they will slowly look more into streaming with the Azure servers). Last year, they pulled a big acquisition by spending seven billion dollars on Zenimax, which owns Bethesda and all the studios and IPs under it. Now, Jeremy Penter (ACG) said on a recent episode of the Defining Duke podcast that in 2021, Microsoft wants to lock down a big exclusive by acquiring its developer/publisher.

Nick Baker (Shpeshal Ed) added on Twitter: „So the studio and game ACG was referring to… I did some digging and asked around. I’m fairly certain he’s talking about Techland and Dying Light 2.” Baker did not have a perfect record of rumours, but he was right about Microsoft bringing Perfect Dark back, as well as Gearbox getting acquired by Embracer Group. Thus, seeing Techland land under the flag of Xbox could be plausible.

Techland recently said that they will be „sharing exciting news about Dying Light 2 soon,” and an alleged image of the game’s collector’s edition has also emerged. The game is in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with no release date announced. If the acquisition happened, then Techland might be dropping the PlayStation version… or versions. (We wouldn’t rule out that the PlayStation 4/Xbox One ports cause them trouble.)

Source: WCCFTech

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