Layoffs Hit Dying Light 2 Studio But The Game Is Not Affected

Techland, the Polish developer behind Dying Light and Call of Juarez franchises, recently announced a round of layoffs, but the studio’s ongoing game projects are unaffected.

The job losses came as 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 is coming to an end by the end of 2019.

Everyone affected by the layoffs is receiving a severance package that Techland says is “above the industry and the Polish employment legislation standards.” Affected employees will receive help finding new jobs, Techland said, adding that employees affected by the restructuring were made aware of the move for a period of time before it became official.

Techland added that its Polish publishing and distribution business has not been a core pillar of Techland’s strategy for “a few years,” so the wind-down was expected. Those who were laid off worked in “logistics and trade” departments. No game developers were affected.

The restructuring at Techland has no influence on Dying Light 2‘s development or its publishing of God’s Trigger, the studio said, adding that the company’s overall global structure is unchanged.

“Techland is in good condition, which is proven by the fact Dying Light sales continue to grow year-on-year,” the studio said. “We are growing in terms of AAA open world action games development.”

13 employees are affected by the restructuring, Techland said. The company employs more than 400 people, while it has more than 50 people currently being actively recruited for roles.

Here is Techland CEO Pawel Marchewka’s full statement:

“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 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.”

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Xbox Live’s Games With Gold For March 2019 Are Out Now (Xbox One, Xbox 360)

Every month, Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to a few free game downloads, and the first offering of Games With Gold for March are now live: Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion for Xbox One and Star Wars Republic Commando for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Halfway through the month, you’ll gain access to the second two free games this month: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 for Xbox One and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is also playable on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Pirates of the Enchiridion is the most recent game based on beloved cartoon Adventure Time, and it gives players control of characters like Finn, Jake, and Marceline to investigate why the Land of Ooo has been flooded. Thanks to backward compatibility, 2005’s Star Wars Republic Commando can be played on Xbox One and offers an exciting single-player campaign with squad-based, military-style combat.

Plants vs. Zombies fans will appreciate the free download of Garden Warfare 2. The light-hearted shooter expands the series with new characters, modes, and solo content while retaining the humor and ridiculous costumes that make it so entertaining. Finally, there’s Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which takes place four years after Metal Gear Solid 4 and puts players in control of a cybernetically enhanced Raiden. In our review, we praised the game for its adrenaline-pumping combat and Raiden’s compelling story.

See the full list of games and dates for March’s Games With Gold below.

Xbox Live Games With Gold for March

  • Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion — March 1 to 31 (Xbox One)
  • Star Wars Republic Commando — March 1 to 15 (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance — March 16 to 31 (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 — March 16 to April 15 (Xbox One)

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New Anthem Update Addresses Tethering Issues

BioWare has released a new update for Anthem, its multiplayer-focused action RPG. The update addresses tethering issues that occurred when playing with others by increasing the time available to catch up to teammates.

The tethering system keeps you from wandering too far away from your team and focused on completing the selected mission at hand. If you don’t keep up with your teammates, a message will pop up that informs you that you will be teleported to your allies unless you return to the mission area. After Anthem launched, players complained the system wasn’t forgiving enough and didn’t provide an adequate amount of time for anyone to catch up to their teammates before being subjected to a loading screen–which also occasionally caused them to lose out on crucial in-game dialogue or cutscenes.

The new update also implements changes to Strongholds. In the Swarm Tyrant encounter in the Tyrant Mine Stronghold, you and your squad will no longer be able to reset the battle by exiting to the main menu and rejoining the session. Also, you will no longer be able to reopen chests that have already been looted in Strongholds. For the full patch notes on the update, you can check out BioWare’s post on Reddit.

BioWare has another update planned for Anthem that is scheduled to launch either sometime tonight or tomorrow, March 1. This next update will affect loot in Anthem. Specifically, uncommon and common weapons and abilities no longer appear from level 30 drop tables, and crafting requirements for masterwork items and embers has decreased. Inscriptions on all masterwork items will also now exclusively apply to the weapon or ability it amplifies. So, for example, a masterwork pistol will only be inscribed with a special ability that amplifies pistols, and not shotguns or assault rifles. This update will only apply to new items that you find or craft however, so all weapons and abilities you’ve previously collected will not be affected.

If you’re still on the fence about picking up Anthem, be sure to check out our review of the game. If you’re already playing, we have guides to help you out, which are outlined below.

Anthem Guides

Anthem is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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UK devs launch POC in Play initiative in partnership with ustwo Games

POC in Play is a new initiative launched earlier today in partnership with UsTwo Games addressing the issue of a lack of people of color in the UK games scene.  …

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Pokemon Go Adds New Legendary, Dialga, Tomorrow

Palkia may no longer be available in Pokemon Go, but a new Legendary Pokemon is set to take its place soon. Starting March 1, the Pokemon Diamond mascot Dialga will begin appearing in Raid Battles around the world–but as usual, it’ll only be around for a limited time.

As with most other Legendaries, to catch Dialga you’ll first need to team up with other players at a Gym where a Dialga Raid is taking place and battle the Pokemon. If you manage to defeat Dialga, each player who participated in the Raid will receive a handful of Premier Balls and an opportunity to catch it.

Dialga is the only Steel/Dragon Pokemon in the series, which gives it numerous resistances to other types. Your best bet for battling it is to bring along Fighting and Ground Pokemon such as Machamp, Hariyama, and Groudon. Dialga will only appear in Raid Battles until March 28, giving you until the end of the month to catch one.

In other Pokemon Go news, Niantic recently introduced the Team Medallion to the app’s in-game store. This item allows players to change their team allegiance once every 365 days. The developer has also rolled out a new AR photo mode, which is the only way to encounter the elusive Pokemon Smeargle.

Pokemon Go’s next Community Day event is scheduled for March 23. This time, the featured Pokemon will be Treecko, one of the three starters from Ruby and Sapphire. Players will also be able to hatch Pokemon Eggs at a quarter of the distance they typically require during the event.

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MLB The Show 19 Full Cover Revealed After Bryce Harper Signs $330 Million Contract

In one of the biggest contracts in sports history, slugger Bryce Harper today signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies. Harper was previously announced as the cover star of Sony’s MLB The Show 19, but because he was a free agent then, the cover was only a placeholder that showed Harper in a nondescript hoodie. Now that he’s signed his record-breaking deal, Sony has released the official cover art showing Harper in his Phillies garb.

Harper’s deal, which has yet to be officially confirmed by the Phillies and is pending a physical, also includes a no-trade clause and no opt-out clause, so we could continue to see Harper playing for the Phillies until 2031. In the deal, Harper makes an average of $24.4 million per season. While massive, it doesn’t even crack the top ten of the MLB’s highest annual salary list.

Under his new contract, Harper will make more than $150,000 per game and almost $45,000 every time he steps to the plate, according to numbers crunched by Darren Rovell.

Harper spent his entire professional career as the right fielder for the Washington Nationals before signing with the Phillies today. The new cover for MLB The Show 19 with Harper in a Phillies uniform is just fine, but his beard looks weird.

MLB The Show 19, which launches on March 26, will be available in a Standard Edition ($60 USD) and a Gone Yard Edition ($100) that is exclusive to GameStop and EB Games. It comes with a New Era baseball snap back cap, a copy of the game, in-game extras, and more. A $100 Digital Deluxe edition will also be available; some of its extras include an allotment of Stubs, custom avatars, and more. An MVP Edition ($70), meanwhile, includes a series of digital extras and a steelbook case if you’re picking up the physical edition. Everyone who pre-orders any edition of MLB The Show 19 gets extra in-game digital content.

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