Monday, 31 August 2020

Dying Light 2: Everything we know about the game

Dying Light 2

At E3 2018, Techland showed the public Dying Light 2, the sequel to its successful action movie with parkour elements and mutants. In this article, we have collected all the trailers and details about the game known to date.

Dying Light 2 was announced during Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference, but no release date was announced. On the other hand, we have a lot of information about the gameplay, setting, and plot of the game. For example, Techland decided to seriously expand the set of movements of the protagonist, and veteran Chris Avellone worked on the story, so it is safe to say that Dying Light 2 will not become another generic shooter about the walking dead.

This time, the scene of action will be a decaying city, which several competing factions are trying to hold, so that the player will have plenty of things to do, besides fighting a horde of undead. The world around you will change depending on what decisions you make, which groups you decide to join. And if you cope with the consequences of these changes, you will receive a worthy reward. Now let's take a closer look at everything we know about Dying Light 2.

Techland has yet to reveal the exact date, and as of fall 2020, there is every prerequisite that the game will be released in 2021. Judging by the quality of the demos presented at the exhibitions of the past and current years, the game has long gone through the pre-production stage and is in active development.

In this video, we saw new gameplay footage and learned a little more about the plot. And it was in it that information about the release window appeared.

The first part of the game was set in the fictional Turkish city of Harran, but in Dying Light 2 we will head west. More importantly, the size of the map will be quadrupled in relation to all maps in the original game combined: Slums, Old Town, and DLC locations.

In the gameplay video, you can see monuments similar to the Arc de Triomphe and the Brandenburg Gate, confirming the transfer of the game to a city in the western world. Perhaps this is the last settlement of uninfected people. “Yes, tourism there is clearly in decline.


The original game had a co-op mode, but things will be different in Dying Light 2. Yes, it will still be possible to play with four, but this time, given the plot shifts towards narrative with important decisions, three players will join the host's game.

As already mentioned, the decisions you make will have a significant impact on the plot. The factions you join can dominate the city, ruling at will, paving new paths for you, and offering new trade opportunities. This means that each player's city will be unique. However, how it will look in the game is not yet clear.


Thanks to E3 2019, we have a new gameplay trailer that allows us to better evaluate the work done by the studio and form a more balanced personal opinion about the combat system and the game world.

Techland is working not only to expand the storyline but also to improve the gameplay. According to lead designer Timon Smektala during a stream after Microsoft's presentation at E3 2018, the number of movements in Dying Light 2 compared to the original will be doubled. Considering all the obstacles in the form of gangs, factions, and zombies, such an arsenal would be useful.

There will also be vehicles in the game, although not as many as in Dying Light: The Following. The developers have promised that they will develop this theme in future DLCs.

The battles will have to be approached more thoughtfully, developing, and changing various tactics. You will have to constantly move, observing the enemies, and reacting to their attacks. The environment and the daily cycle change will create suitable conditions for attacking both humans and mutants. The Dark Zones (the lairs of the dangerous dead, where they hibernate to escape the scorching sun) will also return, which will become even creepier. Given the number and strength of their inhabitants, a trip to such places would be an extremely risky undertaking. But if you succeed, then the reward will match.


All that is known about the factions in Dying Light 2 so far is that there will be Peacekeepers, Scavengers, and many others. The first one rule on their territory with an iron fist; it would even be appropriate to compare them with the law enforcement officers in The Hunger Games. Scavengers are free runners, and that's all that is known about them today.


If you choose, for example, Peacekeepers, they can bring peace to the city, but no matter how you have to regret it later. Yes, people are happy, they can walk the streets freely, and you have a stable source of supplies, but if you break their strict code, punishment will follow immediately. In the meantime, it remains only to be patient and wait for details about the other factions in the game and about their relationship with each other.

In addition to large groups of people like the Peacekeepers, there will be others, smaller ones. Such factions will also be able to influence the game world, but, of course, to a lesser extent. For example, guys like Untainted (Unsullied) got their hands-on in the production of drugs.

If you wish, you can even playoff groups among themselves, which will greatly help in covert penetration into new locations.


The second, gameplay trailer showed us an example of how a player's decision affects the plot of Dying Light 2. And we see a living example in the trailer: The Peacekeepers ask the player to make a deal with certain people who control vital water supplies. You can understand their instructions however you wish. How about diplomatically pushing them off the roof of the skyscraper, opening the way for the Peacekeepers to expand their influence?

Or you can actually negotiate with them and sell the water on the black market. This will give you access to some special goods, but other gangs will start to peer into the territory. And rest assured, chaos and destruction will not belong in coming.



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