Techland Parts Ways With Dying Light 2 Writer Chris Avellone Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

Techland Parts Ways With Dying Light 2 Writer Chris Avellone Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

Gato Studio and Paradox have also clarified their relationship with Avellone in light of recent news.

Chris Avellone, a longtime designer and writer in the games industry, has been separated and distanced from a number of projects after recent allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. Techland, Paradox Interactive, and Studio Gato have all released statements clarifying their current stance with Avellone in the wake of these accusations.

In a statement today, Dying Light 2 developer Techland said it has decided to end its cooperation with Avellone. Techland says it has no tolerance in regards to matters of sexual harassment and disrespect, whether for employees or external consultants, "Chris among them."

"We are still working towards delivering the experience we promised in Dying Light 2," the statement reads. "Both our narrative team, which Chris supported, and the whole development team of Dying Light 2 continue progressing efficiently, according to the plan revised at the beginning of the year."

Gato Salvaje Studio, developer of The Waylanders, clarified that Avellone is no longer associated with either the studio or project. "Chris was brought on as a design contractor on The Waylanders," said the studio. "As of last week, Chris' contract is complete and the content provided will be assessed as development progresses."

In a statement to Gamasutra, Paradox Interactive also commented on Avellone's involvement with the upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. The publisher said Avellone "briefly worked with the Bloodlines 2 writing team early in the development of the game," but that none of this contributions remain in the game that Hardsuit Labs is developing.

These allegations, which have surfaced over the past few days, include descriptions of Avellone sending explicit messages to women in the industry and at one point making non-consensual advances on a woman. He has responded on Twitter to the latter's accusations.

"Then talk to me? I never meant any harm to you or Jackie, and I had thought things between us had ended well all up until seeing you off," Avellone said on Twitter. "That said, if I can't do anything to apologize for it, I understand, and there's nothing more to be done."

This situation has also been part of a larger conversation in the games industry, as survivors have come forward with their stories over the past several days of several notable figures and personalities.

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