Techland

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Techland
Public
Industry Video game industry
Founded 1991
Headquarters Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland
Key people
Paweł Marchewka, Paul Milewski, Steve The Zombie
Products Call of Juarez series
Dead Island series
Dying Light
Number of employees
around 300
Website www.techland.pl

Techland is a Polish video game developer and publisher, founded in 1991 by Paweł Marchewka. They are best known for developing Call of Juarez and its prequel Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Western-themed first-person shooters. They also developed Dead Island, a first-person RPG survival horror video game, and Dying Light, another survival horror video game.[1] The company is headquartered in Ostrow Wielkopolski has offices in Wrocław, Warsaw, and Vancouver.[2]

The company announced in June 2016 that it would become a global publisher, with plans to release 2 major multiplatform titles, and 4 in digital distribution each year.

History[edit]

Techland debuted as a computer software distributor. The first internally developed product, Crime Cities, was published in 2000. The date marks the consolidation of the core development team whose collaborative efforts resulted in the creation of the proprietary Chrome Engine in the year 2003. The first game based on the in-house engine which established Techland as a widely recognized software developer was a sci-fi first person shooter, Chrome. The critical acclaim and commercial success of the original title were the grounds for the prequel, titled Chrome: Specforce, released in 2005. Alongside the first person shooters, Techland developed rally simulation games Xpand Rally and Xpand Rally Xtreme. In the year 2006 a VW licensed arcade driving game, GTI Racing, was added to Techland's development team portfolio.

Since its first appearance in the year 2003, Chrome Engine, has been under constant development and in 2006 it evolved into ChromeEngine 4, which provided compatibility for the PlayStation 3. The potential of the SDK is demonstrated in the latest of Techland's titles, Call of Juarez. The game received worldwide recognition and reinforced Techland's position. Call of Juarez is currently the company's most recognized product and the first title to fully support DirectX 10. Techland also known for developing the open world survival horror game, Dead Island in 2011 and its sequel, Riptide in 2013. While Dead Island received generally positive reviews, Riptide received mixed reviews from critics.

Techland also released Dying Light, a first-person survival horror game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. Originally scheduled for a 2014 release, the game was later delayed to January 2015. Upon release, the game received generally positive reviews from critics and the public. As a result, an expansion for the game, titled Dying Light: The Following, was released in February 2016 to very positive reviews. Currently, the company's future game in-development is Hellraid, which was initially put on hold due to focusing on the post-release of Dying Light.

In May 2016, CEO Pawel Marchewka revealed that the company was working on two AAA projects, with one of them being a new intellectual property. The teams at Wroclaw and Warszawa will be the lead developers for the two projects, while the Vancouver studio will provide them additional support. Their total budget is $77 million.[3] In June 2016, Marchewka revealed that the company had founded a new publishing division called Techland Publishing. They are set to publish two major releases and four digital releases every year.[4] Their first third-party published game is Torment: Tides of Numenera, which is set to be released in 2017.[5]

Games developed[edit]

Below is the list of video games developed by Techland.[6][7]

Title Year Genre Platform(s)
Crime Cities 2000 Action game Microsoft Windows
Chess 2001 2001 Simulation Microsoft Windows
Mission: Humanity 2001 Real-time strategy Microsoft Windows
Speedway Championships 2001 Sim racing Microsoft Windows
Survival: The Ultimate Challenge 2001 Strategy, Simulation Microsoft Windows
Bridge 3000 2001 Simulation Microsoft Windows
Pet Racer 2001 Racing Microsoft Windows
Pet Soccer 2002 Sports Microsoft Windows
Indiana Jack 2002 Platform game Microsoft Windows
FIM Speedway Grand Prix 2002 Sim racing Microsoft Windows
Hen on Fire: Kurminator 2003 Shooter Microsoft Windows
Chrome 2003 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows
Xpand Rally 2004 Racing Microsoft Windows
Chrome: SpecForce 2005 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows
Xpand Rally Xtreme 2006 Racing Microsoft Windows
GTI Racing 2006 Racing Microsoft Windows
Crazy Soccer Mundial 2006 Sports Microsoft Windows
FIM Speedway Grand Prix 2 2006 Sim racing Microsoft Windows
Call of Juarez 2006 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
FIM Speedway Grand Prix 3 2008 Sim racing Microsoft Windows
Nikita: The Mystery of the Hidden Treasure 2008 Platform game Microsoft Windows
Nikita: Wild Cars 2008 Racing Microsoft Windows
Speedway League 2009 Sim racing Microsoft Windows
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood 2009 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Nail'd 2010 Racing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
FIM Speedway Grand Prix 4 2011 Sim racing Microsoft Windows
Call of Juarez: The Cartel 2011 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Dead Island 2011 Action role-playing, Survival horror Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Linux/SteamOS
Dead Stop 2011 Tower defence IOS
Mad Riders 2012 Racing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Dead Island: Riptide 2013 Action role-playing, Survival horror Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger 2013 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Hellraid: The Escape 2014 Action-adventure, Hack and slash iOS, Android, Google Play
Dying Light 2015 Action role-playing, Survival horror Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux/SteamOS
FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15[8] 2015 Racing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Dying Light: The Following 2016 Action role-playing, Survival horror Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Dead Island: Definitive Edition 2016 Action role-playing, Survival horror Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Cancelled and delayed projects[edit]

  • Chrome 2 (on hold)[9]
  • Day of the Mutants (cancelled)[10]
  • Warhound (on hold)[10]
  • Hellraid (on hold)[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adams, Dan. "E3 2006: Dead Island". IGN. 
  2. ^ "About". Techland. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  3. ^ Hillier, Brenna (May 18, 2016). "Dying Light dev working on two new games including a fresh IP". VG 247. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ Hussain, Tamoor (June 2, 2016). "Dying Light Developer Will Now Publish Games Too". GameSpot. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ Parfitt, Ben (June 10, 2016). "Techland's first published game is inXile's Torment: Tides of Numenera". Market for Home Computing and Video Games. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Techland Game Developer". Games Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Techland Sp. z o.o. Developed games". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  8. ^ Phillips, Tom (August 27, 2015). "Dying Light developer announces FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15". Eurogamer. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Techland's Chrome 2 And Warhound Are On Hold". Voodoo Extreme. IGN. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Techland Games". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hellraid on hold. IGN". 21 May 2015. 

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