Updated: Nov 16, 2019
There’s just no getting away from the undead bastards. They’ve been part of popular culture for some time now, in fact, I’m surprised how much they still seem to be lingering around, invading all known forms of marketing and media.
In fact, zombies themselves have spread into so many things outside of horror, that they have now become almost as virulent as whatever virus/disease/curse/barrel of Trioxin turned them into the undead and got them wandering about in the first place. There’s most likely some sort of long-winded debate here regarding parallels to modern society that we could get into but that’s something for another time and love them or hate them, zombies are here to stay.
This time, the focus of our undead gaze switches to video games and more importantly, the sequel to 2015’s, Dying Light.
Dying Light 2 is due for release sometime in Spring of 2020, and just like the first game, it will be an open-world survival-action-horror. Polish Developers Techland, who brought us the first game are also developing the sequel and they were also behind the 2011 zombie title, Dead Island, of which Dying Light was a spiritual successor.
Dying light is still popular 4 years after its initial release on PlayStation, X-box and PC, although it is unfortunately overlooked by many new gamers due to the slew of new releases that often overshadow older games. Four years might not seem a long time to a lot of people, but in the world of video games where the technology is forever changing and evolving, 4 years is a long time.
Fortunately, the sequel is on its way.
Keeping the same tone as Dying Light, Dying Light 2 will also feature a massive open world for players to explore and although the developers have said that the game can be completed in around 15 – 20 hours for those concentrating solely on the main storyline, for those (like myself) who plan on exploring and tackling all of the content, then the game will provide over 100 hours of gameplay.
The location has changed for the sequel so where the first game was set in a fictional Turkish city, it looks from the images that have so far been revealed, that the new location has a much more Western Europe/US feel. There’s a new protagonist to take control of and of course, just like the previous title, the co-op play will be returning.
Players will be able to team up with 3 other people to explore the city and try and survive the undead menace. The developers have also stated that the plot will be organic and different things may happen based on how you responded to certain situations. Whether this affects the storyline remains to be seen but it does mean that the world of Dying Light 2 will be changing depending on your actions. This will be most noticeable in multiplayer, where one players world may look very different from another’s, due to the consequences of certain actions and decisions made whilst playing.
All this doesn’t count for much though without those pesky zombies, of which there will be the expected variations. The recently bitten, for example, will still remain traces of humanity and will be fast and dangerous but with an aversion to sunlight, which they try and avoid. After a time, these viral zombies become the more familiar and traditional zombie, which are being labelled as Biters. These Biters will start to decay and rot if they spend too much time out in the sun and become a lot slower and hopefully, less dangerous. There are also the zombie types known as Volatiles, which are the most dangerous of night-time predators who should be avoided at all costs, as there no killing these guys, so expect many a death at their rotting hands.
Undoubtedly, there will also be a few surprise variants in the game too.
Developers Techland continued to support the original since its release with DLC and updates, and things should be the same for the sequel which should help the games longevity and increase that already impressive over 100 hour playtime.
So far the game is looking and sounding impressive with releases due not just on PS4, Xbox and PC, but also on the PS5 and the Xbox Project Scarlett (which is what Microsoft are currently calling their new console until they come up with something catchy) and if that release date doesn’t change then hopefully I’ll be seeing some of you online sometime in spring of 2020 as we try and survive this latest zombie outbreak.
Dying Light 2 - E3 trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1_7wjuzqwI
Dying Light 2 - Gameplay demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy6ne-fEsAw&t=541s