Almost five years after Polish game developer Techland gave the world a taste of Dying Light’s stylish parkour action and zombie ass-kicking, the studio is on the cusp of releasing its long-awaited sequel: Dying Light 2.
Next year will be lousy zombie-apocalypse themed games. The Last of Us Part II is on the way, and Capcom’s newly announced Resident Evil title, Project Resistance are both expected to revive fan-favorite franchises. But no other game will let players traverse a world overrun by the undead and shape the story quite like Dying Light 2 looks to.
Techland released a 26-minute gameplay demo this week, revealing tidbits of the game’s story and showing off its refined parkour and combat mechanics, and showed how much players’ decisions will impact the world in Dying Light 2.
The first game of the franchise introduced gamers to the mysterious viral outbreak that would ravage humans through the eyes of Kyle Crane, its protagonist. Dying Light 2 will provide a new look at this society built atop the ruins of what the infection has destroyed, and let users shape it however they want.
Here’s everything we know about Dying Light 2:
When Is the Dying Light 2 Release Date?
Techland’s announced in June that its next zombie adventure will be available on “Spring 2020” during E3 2019 in Los Angeles. (Expect the studio to announce a more concrete launch date late in 2019 or early 2020.)
For diehard fans who want to ensure they get the game the day of release, Dying Light 2 is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.
On What Consoles Will Dying Light 2 Be Available?
Dying Light is under development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC — but not the Nintendo Switch. Techland has also confirmed that it will also be available on the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett consoles.
Techland’s Chief Technology Officer Pawel Rohleder told WCCFTech in July that a next-gen version of Dying Light 2 will make use of upcoming hardware’s “photo-realism and graphical fidelity” capabilities.
Expect a more eye-popping iteration of the game to launch late in 2020, when Sony and Microsoft are expected to reveal the next chapter in console tech.
When Does Dying Light 2 Take Place?
Dying Light 2 takes place 15 years after the original. Modern society has broken down and the sprawling metropolises of yesteryear have become mangled jungles awash with the undead.
A semblance of human society still exists, but warring factions and tribes are murdering each other for resources and territory. Roaming zombies might be the biggest threat in the game, but fellow humans can be just as dangerous.
Where Does Dying Light 2 Take Place?
Dying Light 2 will take place in the fictional Middle-Eastern city of Harran, just like the first game. Only this time instead of witnessing the fall of humanity, players will be living in the aftermath.
The trailers we’ve seen have depicted a vast, decrepit city that Techland Lead Game Designer Tymon Smektała told Gaming Bolt will be “four times” the size of Dying Light. The city will have seven unique regions that are inhabited by district people and zombies and must be traversed in vastly different ways.
So if you’re one to wander around digital worlds for hours, Dying Light 2 will be a must buy. Especially with its advanced parkour mechanics.
What Will Dying Light 2 Parkour System Be Like?
Dying Lights defining gameplay feature was its unique parkour system that let gamers traverse its zombie-infested world like a post-apocalyptic Spiderman, minus the webs. Dying Light 2 is expected to double down on the parkour, news that is sure to excite fans (and Michael Scott).
Techland’s most recently released gameplay trailer revealed that the developer has “doubled” the number of parkour moves. The video gives gamers a glimpse of how they’ll be able to climb, jump, grapple, shimmy, and slide across Harran’s rooftops and abandoned buildings.
If you ever think you’re trapped in Dying Light 2, look up and there might just be a vent you can squeeze into, or a rope to swing away from the horde undead following you.
What Will Dying Light 2 Combat and Weapons Be Like?
The game’s dynamic movement will be complemented by an equally customizable combat and weapons system. Much like Dying Light, it seems players will primarily defend themselves with “melee”-style weapons like machetes, hammers, pipes, and essentially any blunt or sharp object that’s around.
Dying Light 2 will enable players to modify their weapons to slice and crush enemies. The recent gameplay footage showed off an electrically charged machete that can cause anyone slashed by it to explode.
While taking on crazed bandits head on might be a viable strategy, single-handedly facing off against a mob of zombies isn’t advised. That’s where Dying Light 2’s ultraviolet flashlight and flash-bang come into play.
The zombie infection has evolved and become highly sensitive to UV light. So blasting the undead with beams of UV light will stun them for a few seconds, buying players precious time to escape.
Who Is the Main Character in Dying Light 2 ?
The main protagonist of Dying Light 2 is named Aidan Caldwell. He’s an infected survivor who’s main mission is to find a cure or the outbreak that has decimated the world.
Aidan is gifted with exceptional agility and deadly fighting skills, which players will be able to call upon when they’re brawling on the streets or jumping from skyscraper to skyscraper.
While little is known about Aidan’s backstory at the moment, it’s clear that he’s a catalyst for change in a decaying world. It’ll be up to the player to decide how they want to develop Dying Light 2 main character as they search for a cure to the zombie infection.
Aidan could end up being noble Robin Hood figure, selfish looter, or a ruthless killer, Chris Avellone game designer and narrative writer fro Techland told WCCFTech.
What Is the Plot of Dying Light 2?
Not much has been said about the plot of Dying Light 2, but the gameplay trailer revealed that there will be two main factions in Harran: the Renegades and the Officers.
Both will have their own agenda, which players will need to balance with their own wants and needs to decide who to side with at different moments. These decisions will impact the world Aidan inhabits, so gamers should choose who they side with and what they do wisely.
Dying Light 2 will be much more of a sandbox RPG than the original and it seems that players’ decisions will heavily influence how the story unravels and ends.
What Will the Zombies in Dying Light 2 Be Like?
One thing that will remain constant is that Dying Lite 2 will be chock-full of zombies who want to feast on Aidan’s flesh. This time around, Techland has given zombies a “life cycle,” meaning the undead will act different depending how far along the infection is.
Smektała broke down the cycle for Gamesradar in July:
The infected start as a Viral, which is someone who just got bitten and just got infected, so they still show traces of humanity, and at this point they are very quick, very dangerous – they avoid the sun at all costs,” he explained. “But after some time in that state, they turn into what we call Biters, which are your regular zombies; slowly moving infected that, if able, will try and grab you and infect you or eat you, but the sunlight is dangerous to them, and they are not as quick and as agile as the Virals.
Gamers will need to be vigilant as to what zombies they encounter to determine if they can fight them or if they should sneak around them.
Dying Light 2 is set for release in Spring 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.