Techland Unveils First Concept Art For Its Open-World Fantasy RPG

Techland has unveiled the first piece of concept art for its unannounced AAA open-world fantasy action RPG. Additionally, the development team recently recruited talent who previously worked at Arkane and CD Projekt Red.

Concept art from Techland’s fantasy RPG project. Image credit: Techland

The concept art features a man gazing at some sort of ancient city surrounded by lush trees, pink vegetation, and waterfalls. Notably, the architecture of this ruin is not traditional medieval England in its aesthetic, so we might be in for something slightly left for AAA fantasy.

For this new IP, the studio employed Narrative Director Karolina Stachyra and Narrative Lead Arkadiusz Borowik, who both previously worked on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The rest of the team has an equally remarkable track record. Newly recruited members include open-world director Bartosz Ochman, who previously worked on Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3. Mario Maltezos, the project’s creative director, worked on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Mad Max, while lead game designer David McClure worked on Deathloop. Lead animator Kevin Quad worked on Horizon Zero Dawn and its DLC, and lead UI designer Marcin Surosz was a UI/UX designer at People Can Fly.

“We are very pleased with what we have achieved so far with the Dying Light franchise,” Techland CEO Pawel Marchewka said in a press release. “Furthermore, our journey with Dying Light 2 Stay Human has only just begun as we plan to support this game for at least 5 years, with its scope and size matching, if not exceeding, what we provided to our community during the post-launch support of its predecessor.”

“At the same time, our ambition is to introduce an all-new IP that is very different from what we have done in recent years. We want to create an entirely next-gen experience,” he continued. “A new fantasy epic set in a sprawling open world, fueled by the skills and experience we’ve gained as a team over the years, infused with new ideas, passion and creativity. Although we cannot share more details on this project now, we’re all really invested in it and can’t wait to show it to players when the time comes.”

Techland is currently hiring more developers to work on the unannounced fantasy game. It seems to be an ongoing trend of studios trying to woo more talent by teasing high-profile projects either on social media or showing them off in game showcases, as in the case of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell remake.

Techland has just developed Dying Light 2, and while many development staff are staying in the zombie open world to create post-release content, it seems clear the studio is gearing up for production on its next IP (hopefully -the major).

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