Monnier

One of the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s senior gameplay designers, Damien Monnier, has left CDProjektRED to join Techland, where he will act as lead designer for a new IP.

According to Eurogamer, this new title is one that Techland alluded to earlier this year as “an open-world fantasy game with RPG elements.” Though this brief is ambiguous, it may, in fact, point to Hellraid, a game previously announced before being put “on hold,” as its development was not meeting internal expectations. In March of this year, however, Techland CEO Pawel Marchewka said that Hellraid has not been cancelled, but simply returned to pre-production in order to allow design improvements.

Whether the IP in question is Hellraid or not, Monnier’s previous work on The Witcher 3 should provide him with enough insights and experience to ensure that Techland’s new game is one to watch.

While at CDProjekt RED, Monnier also led design on Gwent, the upcoming spin-off card game to The Witcher saga. Before that, he worked as a gameplay and level designer with DriveClub developer Evolution Studios. Going back further still, Monnier worked with Worms developer Team17 as a level and weapons designer. With more than ten years in the industry, with a broad array of games to his credit, Monnier should undoubtedly prove to be a valuable addition to the Techland team.

In addition to the new IP mentioned above, Techland is also currently working on a sequel to Dying Light. Both games are currently expected to release within the next three years, though platforms and more concrete launch dates have not yet been announced.

OnlySP’s Joanna Nelius reviewed the developer’s latest release, an expansion to Dying Light called “The Following”, giving it 8/10 and saying that it “is a great expansion that gives players both familiar to and new to Dying Light a fresh experience.”

Look out for more details on Techland’s upcoming games on OnlySP in the coming months and years.

Damien Lawardorn
Damien Lawardorn is an aspiring novelist, journalist, and essayist. His goal in writing is to inspire readers to engage and think, rather than simply consume and enjoy. With broad interests ranging from literature and video games to fringe science and social movements, his work tends to touch on the unexpected. Damien is the former Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP. More of his work can be found at https://open.abc.net.au/people/21767

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