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
Divisions Techland Publishing
Subsidiaries Techland Vancouver
Techland Wroclaw
Techland Warsaw
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 Western-themed first-person shooter Call of Juarez (2006) and its prequel Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (2009), and first-person survival horror video games Dead Island (2011) and Dying Light (2015).[1] The company is headquartered in Ostrów Wielkopolski in central Poland and has offices in Wrocław, Warsaw, and Vancouver.[2]

In June 2016 Techland announced that it would become a global game publisher, with plans to publish games developed by other studios and release two major multi-platform titles, and four in digital distribution each year. Their first published title will be Torment: Tides of Numenera, developed by inXile Entertainment and slated for release in February 2017.

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]

Year Title Genre PC 7th Gen 8th Gen Other
2000 Crime Cities Action Windows N/A N/A N/A
2001 Chess 2001 Simulation Windows N/A N/A N/A
2001 Mission: Humanity Real-time strategy Windows N/A N/A N/A
2001 Speedway Championships Sim racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2001 Survival: The Ultimate Challenge Strategy, simulation Windows N/A N/A N/A
2001 Bridge 3000 Simulation Windows N/A N/A N/A
2001 Pet Racer Racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2002 Pet Soccer Sports Windows N/A N/A N/A
2002 Indiana Jack Platform game Windows N/A N/A N/A
2002 FIM Speedway Grand Prix Sim racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2003 Hen on Fire: Kurminator Shooter Windows N/A N/A N/A
2003 Chrome First-person shooter Windows N/A N/A N/A
2004 Xpand Rally Racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2005 Chrome: SpecForce First-person shooter Windows N/A N/A N/A
2006 Xpand Rally Xtreme Racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2006 GTI Racing Racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2006 Crazy Soccer Mundial Sports Windows N/A N/A N/A
2006 FIM Speedway Grand Prix 2 Sim racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2006 Call of Juarez First-person shooter Windows X360 N/A N/A
2008 FIM Speedway Grand Prix 3 Sim racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2008 Nikita: The Mystery of the Hidden Treasure Platform game Windows N/A N/A N/A
2008 Nikita: Wild Cars Racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2009 Speedway League Sim racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2009 Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood First-person shooter Windows PS3, X360 N/A N/A
2010 Nail'd Racing Windows PS3, X360 N/A N/A
2011 FIM Speedway Grand Prix 4 Sim racing Windows N/A N/A N/A
2011 Call of Juarez: The Cartel First-person shooter Windows PS3, X360 N/A N/A
2011 Dead Island Action role-playing, survival horror Windows, Linux/SteamOS PS3, X360 N/A N/A
2011 Dead Stop Tower defence N/A N/A N/A iOS
2012 Mad Riders Racing Windows PS3, X360 N/A N/A
2013 Dead Island: Riptide Action role-playing, survival horror Windows PS3, X360 N/A N/A
2013 Call of Juarez: Gunslinger First-person shooter Windows PS3, X360 N/A N/A
2014 Hellraid: The Escape Action-adventure, hack and slash N/A N/A N/A iOS, Android
2015 Dying Light Action role-playing, survival horror Windows, Linux/SteamOS N/A PS4, XOne N/A
2015 FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15[8] Racing Windows N/A PS4, XOne N/A
2016 Dying Light: The Following Action role-playing, survival horror Windows N/A PS4, XOne N/A
2016 Dead Island: Definitive Edition Action role-playing, survival horror Windows N/A PS4, XOne N/A

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". VG247. 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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