Tencent has announced that it is looking to acquire Techland Studio, the developers behind the popular zombie survival franchise Dying Light. The Chinese gaming giant has many studios under its belt, and now, Techland will be the latest addition to its gaming empire.
Tencent Acquires Techland: What’s the Deal?
Tencent is a major player in the gaming industry that owns many game studios wholly or partly. This includes the likes of Riot Games, Epic Games, and others. Now, its newest acquisition is Techland, which is known for popular games like Call of Juarez, Dead Island, and the Dying Light series. In an official announcement, Techland CEO Pawel Marchewka stated that Tencent is in the process of becoming the studio’s majority shareholder.
He adds that Tencent will allow Techland to execute its future visions and gaming endeavors. For those unaware, the Chinese holding company is also behind major mobile gaming titles like Honor of Kings, Call of Duty: Mobile, and PUBG Mobile. Tencent was looking to acquire Turtle Rock Studios (behind Back 4 Blood and Left 4 Dead) back in December 2022 and even bought the Sumo Group (behind Sackboy: A Big Adventure) as well last year.
So What’s in Store for Techland and Dying Light Fans Now?
It is still too early to tell what this merger would mean for the Polish studio. Game studios being acquired can help a company when it is facing financial issues or other troubles. Last year, Techland lost around 5% of its workforce over the course of two months and has reportedly been facing internal struggles. Although, bigger publications buying out studios doesn’t always work out in the longer run and EA is a great example of that. While it’s still uncertain, a mobile version of Dying Light could soon become a reality in the near future. But that is just speculation based on some of Tencent’s most popular titles.