Chris Avellone No Longer Contributing to Dying Light 2 or Bloodlines 2 After "Me Too" Allegations

Famed game designer Chris Avellone is accused of predatory sexual behavior a screed on twitter. This generated a couple of tweets in corroboration, including one from Monolith writer Samantha Wallschlaeger. Chris offers a couple of apologetic tweets that appear to be in response to this, but he does not directly confirm or deny any of the alleged details (thanks ResetEra). Gamasutra tweets a statement from Paradox Interactive saying that none of Avellone's work will be part of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2: "Bloodlines 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has been in contact to explain that Avellone was only 'briefly' involved in the project, and that 'none of his contributions remain in the game that Hardsuit Labs is continuing to develop'." And in this tweet Techland announces they are parting ways with Chris, who was contributing to the story of Dying Light 2:
We treat matters of sexual harassment and disrespect with utmost care, and have no tolerance for such behaviors - it applies to both of our employees as well as external consultants, Chris among them. This is why, together with Chris Avellone, we've decided to end our cooperation.

We are still working towards delivering the experience we promised in dying light 2. Both our narrative team, which Chris supported, and the whole development team of dying light to continue progressing efficiently, according to the plan revised at the beginning of the year.
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jdreyer wrote on Jun 23, 2020, 15:24:
Numinar wrote on Jun 23, 2020, 00:36:

My dream of building the ultimate Into the Breach fan site will probably have to stay up in my brain for now.


Well, games comprised of the efforts of large teams. Avellone's contribution was fairly minor, IMO. The genius of that game lies with the gameplay designed by Ma and Davis. Baby/bathwater.

Of course, but the connection I feel to the characters in that all time top 5 game for me probably has a lot to do with Chris. They are not whole creations of his though, pretty sure I saw/read in interview that it was a collaborative effort.

And really it's how the minimal narrative links and works with the gameplay that makes it all work. I'm sure another contractor could have approximated it. Still, it makes me sad. Sad in a way I shouldn't be because I didn't get encouraged to get drunk and felt up by some creepy nerd which is the bigger problem here.
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