Dying Light, developer Techland’s open-world zombie survival parkour hit from 2015, did an awful lot of things right in its portrayal of an all-new zombie apocalypse, and Techland are now looking to set the bar even higher with its sequel, Dying Light 2, which looks ready to outshine its venerable predecessor in pretty much every way.
So we’ve put together the below Dying Light 2 guide, where you can find pretty much all the information that’s currently out there on Techland’s latest project, including the Dying Light 2 release date and trailers; information on the story and setting; and new features that are coming to the Dying Light series with this latest instalment.
Dying Light 2 release date
All Techland have said so far regarding Dying Light 2’s release date is to expect the game on PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in 2019, though we should probably take this not as an official statement but as a general target for the team. The gameplay demo below looks pretty sweet and post-production-y, but that’s not always a very accurate indicator of the state of the rest of the game.
Dying Light 2 trailers
Below you can take a look at the announcement trailer for Dying Light 2 and the first gameplay demo narrated by narrative designer Chris Avellone, both of which were revealed to us at E3 2018. Looks good, eh?
Setting of Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 jumps ahead in time, beginning 15 years after the zombie apocalypse and the events of the original game. Any semblance of civilized society that once existed has now given way to more primal and unrestrained instincts, in what the developers have called the “new dark ages” of the Dying Light universe. Factions and gang wars appear even more prevalent than before, and humanity is looking to give the zombies a run for their money for the title of greatest monsters.
The city itself is also apparently not Harran, the Turkish(?) setting of the first game, but a different part of the world altogether. So those expecting to see all the familiar sights of the first Dying Light will in fact find themselves having to learn to traverse the rooftops and streets of an all new city.
Dying Light 2 new features
Adrian Ciszewski, Chief Creative Director of Techland, has said that the team considered the “three pillars” of the first Dying Light to be the parkour, the day/night cycle, and the focus on melee combat. All three have been improved and updated for Dying Light 2 – we’re promised, for example, that at certain points throughout the game the player will be forced to contend with “parkour puzzles” in order to reach areas quickly or safely.
But this time round Techland have added a “fourth pillar” to Dying Light 2: the “narrative sandbox” system. What this means is that the world and its inhabitants will dynamically react on a large scale to the player’s choices throughout the game. The demo above illustrates an example of this system at work, and I’ve got to admit, I’m excited to see just how much the city will change as a result of your actions.
The protagonist of Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2’s protagonist is not Crane from the first game; that much has been confirmed by Ciszewski. Same universe, same virus, but a different city and a different protagonist. So who is this mystery figure in the announcement trailer? The voiceover is a bit of an enigma; some people seem to think it sounds like Troy Baker, voice of Mr Joel Last-Of-Us himself. I don’t know. It sounds more like Nathan Fillion to me. We’ll doubtless find out in due course.
Dying Light 2 story
While we have an idea of the time period and setup of Dying Light 2, Techland have supplied us with very little information on the quests and storylines we’ll be dealing with as our new unnamed player character. But we can quite safely presume that the missions will involve dealing both with zombie troubles and with human troubles. Some of these missions will occur during the day, and others doubtless during the night, where the zombies will be out in full and terrifying force. Personally I’m more excited about diving into the faction-on-faction action and having a good stir of that pot.
Dying Light 2 multiplayer
The prospect of a Dying Light 2 battle royale mode was discussed at length by many of us, after the fairly recent release of Dying Light: Bad Blood, an expansion for the first game, added an online 12-person last-man-standing mode. Alas, Techland lead designer Tymon Smektala has confirmed that Dying Light 2 does not have a battle royale mode.
Instead, they promise to bring something else in terms of multiplayer to Dying Light 2. What they’re working on, we don’t yet know. But it has also been confirmed that they are currently working on a co-op mode with which up to four players can work through the main campaign together.
That’s just about all we know so far on Techland’s latest zombie-fest. But be sure to check back here every so often for the latest deets, as we’ll be updating the above whenever we get more information.