Techland is making a fantasy open-world RPG with Witcher 3 devs

techland fantasy open world rpg concept art

Poland-based developer Techland has been constantly improving its games, from the early days of Call of Juarez to Dead Island to Dying Light 2, a game that we gave a favourable review. While it will continue to support Dying Light 2 with a five-year plan of extra content, it seems the Techland team is turning its eyes in an entirely new direction – fantasy.

According to a Twitter post, Techland is looking to hire new employees for this new project. “Are you ready to begin a new, thrilling journey with Techland?” the post says. “We are hiring for the unannounced AAA Open World Action-RPG in a fantasy setting!” It seems the developer is using its open-world skills gained in its back catalogue to tackle a new setting.

While the post doesn’t elaborate any more, it is accompanied by a concept art screenshot that depict monolithic statues and the ruins of buildings in what appears to be a mountainous jungle setting, which gives it Tomb Raider-esque vibes.

In a press release, Techland CEO Pawel Marchewka makes it clear that the company is happy with the success it’s achieved with Dying Light 2, and reiterates that it will continue to support the game for years to come. “At the same time,” Marchewka says, “our ambition is to introduce a brand new IP that is vastly different from what we have been doing for the past several years. We want to create a fully next-gen experience. A new fantasy epic set in a sprawling open world, fueled by the skills and experience we have gained as a team over the years, infused with new ideas, passion, and creativity. While we cannot share more details about this project now, we’re all truly invested in it and looking forward to showing it to gamers when the time is right.”

Scouring the Techland job postings doesn’t bear any fruit as the company has gone to great lengths to hide any information that might indicate more details about the game’s setting, but we do know that recent hires have come from CD Projekt Red and Guerrilla Games – both studios that have extensive pedigrees with open-world fantasy games.

In the same press release, Techland names ex-Witcher 3 devs Karolina Stachyra and Arkadiusz Borowik as the narrative director and narrative lead, respectively, on this new IP. It also says new hires that will be working on the fantasy title come with experience working on major titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Deathloop, and Mad Max, among others.