Dead Island and Dying Light Developer Denies Microsoft Acquisition Rumors

Published 02/14/2021, 8:18 AM EST


Microsoft has been pushing hits gaming division hard for the past few years. One major example is the way the company has been promoting the Xbox Game Pass. The “Netflix for video games” crossed a major milestone recently, that of having over 19 million users. In addition to this, there is the union of EA Play with the Game Pass, providing a major buff to the already impressive lineup of titles on the game subscription service. In turn, EA Play saw a massive upsurge in its number of users as well.

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Last year, the company took Zenimax Media, the parent company of Bethesda, under its wing. This has opened up the possibility of us seeing a lot of exciting first-party titles for Xbox and PC, now that it has the makers of Deathloop, Doom, Elder Scrolls V, and Wolfenstein on its side. The community is really excited about the fruits this union will bear in the years to come.

Further reading: EA Dice Executive Confirms New “Crazy” Battlefield Title in the Works

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Recently, there were rumors in the community about Microsoft expanding its campaign with the impending acquisition of the Polish studio, Techland. This, once again, saw really positive reception from fans. Techland is the studio behind the iconic first-person action survival title, Dying Light. Currently, the studio is working on a sequel to this.

Techland is not going to be a part of Microsoft

On a recent episode of the Defining Duke podcast, YouTuber and insider Jeremy Penter, aka ACG, had stated that Microsoft has been looking at bagging a yet to release exclusive title by acquiring the dev studio. This led to people looking into this news, and one person came up with what it all could mean.

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However, amidst all these rumors, the studio has made the truth very clear to the community. These rumors of Microsoft trying to acquire Techland soon reached the company via direct messages on Twitter. Yesterday, the community manager of the studio shot these rumors down in a fairly straightforward tweet.

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Looks like the studio is currently entirely focused on their upcoming release Dying Light 2. Although we do not know much about it, we can expect it to drop later this year.

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Samyarup Chowdhury

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Samyarup Chowdhury is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since June 2020. An avid gamer since his childhood, Samyarup has played many titles such as GTA Vice City, IGI, and FIFA, among others. Currently, he is a rather defensive fan of Valorant and the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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