Out of all the E3 2018 games to surface this year, Dying Light 2 is going to stand out as one of the highlights. It's a sequel that people have been clamouring for since the release of Techland's original Dying Light of 2015, which married an open world with parkour physics to create a truly unique form of undead immersion.
I'm sure you have a few questions about the studio's tantalising follow-up to that sleeper hit, but don't fret. We've got you covered with all the important information in one place, so keep this article bookmarked if you want to stay up to date on all things Dying Light 2.
Dying Light 2 is coming out in 2019
Though this is more of an internal goal post than an official release date right now, Techland did mention that the studio plan to release Dying Light 2 sometime in 2019, next year. In an interview with Wccftech, the game's lead designer Tymon Smektala was emphasising Techland's commitment to hitting 4K resolution and 60fps on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, before teasingly stating that "we still have a year to optimize [the game]", suggesting that it will out before the Summer. That said, delays are always a possibility with a game like this, so don't hold out hope for anything until Techland is more forthright with an announcement.
Dying Light 2 takes place 15 years after the first game
Techland has described the time period of Dying Light 2 as the "new dark ages", where the zombie apocalypse has dragged society back to a Hobbesian state of nature, and humanity is just as likely to kill itself than be eaten up by the hordes of undead parading the streets of what is presumably still Harran (the Turkish-set city from the first game).
As for who you'll be playing as, that's unclear, but it sure sounds like noted voice actor Troy Baker in those trailers, so hopefully this new protagonist will be somewhat more charismatic than Dying Light's archetypal snooze-fest Kyle Crane.
Dying Light 2 is much more of an RPG this time around
One of the most surprising things about Dying Light 2's reveal was the announcement that Chris Avellone - a famed games writer known for his work on multitudes of RPGs, from Divinity: Original Sin 2 to Fallout: New Vegas - has been assisting Techland with designing the game's story, which is now far more ambitious than Kyle Crane's linear tale in Dying Light.
In Dying Light 2, the plot is an organic, reactive entity that can weave in multiple directions, depending on how you decide to respond to situations in the zombie apocalypse. In turn, your actions will affect the world around you, from the threat level of its populace to the scarcity of its resources.
The Dying Light 2 gameplay demo is a sight to behold
Despite the absence of any release date, Techland was more than happy to show off several minutes of direct gameplay footage at E3 2018, which implies that the game is very much in the final stages of production.
Naturally, the updated visuals look stunning, and Techland seem to be making the most of the Xbox One X to show off all those rich colours and sharply drawn skylines. The demo also gives you a good idea of the game's updated parkour and combat mechanics, so it's well worth a watch for any interested fan.
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