Lords of the Fallen 2 continues to suffer from a beleaguered development process, with the team being sacked.
The latest setback for the project was announced via a press release earlier this week (helpfully translated by a Eurogamer affiliate). In that press release, the publisher CI Games claims that Defiant Studios, which was brought onboard less than a year ago, failed to meet expectations for a vertical slice demo:
“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.”
As a result, CI Games will be returning to developing the project internally, as was the intention when the first game’s team, Deck13, was similarly removed back in 2015.
According to the Eurogamer report, the development team, Defiant Studios, disagrees with the statement made by CI Games, but was unable to defend itself. “”As we intend to abide by our contractual confidentiality obligations, at this time we cannot expand further on this matter,” said managing director David Grijns.
Aside from Lords of the Fallen 2, CI Games is currently working on Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, which drops the story focus from the series in favour of a mission-based, free-form gameplay structure that seems to be akin to that found in the recent Hitman games.