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Tencent Buys Dying Light Developer Techland

Tencent has announced that it will acquire Polish developer Techland, creator of the original Dead Island and Dying Light series.

of blog postTechland CEO Pawel Marchewka has announced that Tencent is “on the road” to becoming a major shareholder in the studio. “By partnering with Tencent, we will be able to go full steam ahead in executing our vision for the game,” Marcheuca explained. “We chose partners who have already partnered with some of the world’s leading video game companies and who respect the way they do things while helping them reach new heights.”

Marchewka argued that even if Tencent owns the studio, Techland will retain full ownership of its intellectual property, maintain creative freedom, and continue to operate independently.

Marchewka founded Techland in 1991. The studio rose to fame with the first-person shooter series Call of Juarez. In 2011, Techland went mainstream with his open-world zombie game Dead Island and its sequel Riptide. The studio then split from publisher Deep Silver, which owns the Dead Island IP, citing creative differences, and released Dead Island’s spiritual successor, Dying Light, in 2015. Techland recently released Dying Light 2: Stay Human.

Tencent is kind of wasting money. In 2022, the Chinese giant acquired Sumo Group, the developer of his Sackboy: A Big Adventure. wake up interactive. In December, Tencent announced its intention to acquire Turtle Rock Studios, developers of Back 4 Blood and Left 4 Dead.

Taylor is a reporter for IGN. You can follow her on her Twitter @TayNixster.

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