The Publisher Of ‘Lords Of The Fallen 2’ Has Ditched The Game’s Developer
If you had high hopes for Lords of the Fallen 2 you may need to start tempering them. Maybe even going so far as to douse them. The game's publisher, CI Games, has announced that it is parting ways with the game's developer, Defiant Studios. CI Games claims that this is because of an "inadequate execution by Defiant".
The original Lords of the Fallen was developed by Deck 13 Interactive, but when it came time to make a sequel, the team was hard at work on The Surge. So, instead, CI Games planned to develop the sequel in-house. It was being headed up by Tomasz Gop, a producer on the first two Witcher games, but he left the project, after which CI stated in a press release (via Eurogamer) that it and Tomasz and "different visions for further development of the series".
Then, after the initially poor performance of CI Games' Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, the publisher sold off its dev team to People Can Fly. It then outsourced Lords of the Fallen 2 to Defiant Studios, who scrapped all the work that had been done on the project and started over.
Now, in a press release put out by CI Games, acquired and translated by Eurogamer, the publisher says it is dropping Defiant games: "The termination of the agreement was submitted due to inadequate execution by Defiant [of] a key work stage (milestone no. 11), a so-called vertical slice. The quality of the work was lower than expected by the company, as precisely described in the agreement, despite three calls to improve the quality of this stage of work."
CI Games has brought the game back in-house and plans to complete it internally with the help of outsourced staff.
Who knows, maybe all this chopping and changing will turn out to be a good thing...
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