Dying Light 2's main story is about 20 hours, Techland clarifies

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Update:  Techland has issued an update about Dying Light 2's length in the wake of comments suggesting it was a 500-hour game.

In a tweet from the studio's official Twitter account, reiterated in an email to GamesRadar, Techland clarified that the game's campaign is only about 20 hours if you're focused. "More for some, less for others," reads the message.

Meanwhile, if you want to complete all of the game's side quests, steep yourself in the world's history, and interact with every character, you could be spending at least 80 hours with Dying Light 2 "depending on playstyle."

So where did the whole 500 hours thing come from? Well, according to Techland, it'll take about that long to see every little thing the game has to offer, including collectibles, dialogue lines, Easter eggs, alternate endings, and more. Essentially, you can experience the meat of the campaign in about 20 hours, but if you want to live in that world for as long as possible, you'll probably run out of stuff to do somewhere around the 500-hour mark.

Original story:

Dying Light 2 will reportedly take "at least" 500 hours to complete.

Confirmation comes by way of a tweet from developer Techland earlier today, which announced: "To fully complete Dying Light 2 Stay Human, you'll need at least 500 hours - almost as long as it would take to walk from Warsaw to Madrid!"

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After a number of fans responded in disbelief – "Do you think this is a selling point?" asked one Twitterer – Techland added this second tweet a few hours later:

"Note: It's about 100% completion rate, most of the players who are in for story and side quests will be able to complete the game quicker, it will still be a solid experience though!"

To offset the growing complaints that 500 hours is too long for many players, Techland was forced to tweet a third time, too.

"500 hours is related to maxing out the game - finishing all the quests, endings, and exploring every part of the world, but a regular player should finish the story + side quests and do quite a lot of exploring in less than 100 hours, so don't worry!"

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Dying Light 2's skill tree was recently revealed in a new teaser trailer, showcasing how Aiden's abilities can be upgraded. The video - which, as Jordan points out, doesn't feature any sound until the very end – gives a quick visual demonstration of the skill trees' layout, which looks surprisingly - wonderfully! - straightforward, boasting different upgradeable trees for combat and parkour skills. 

We also recently got to check out Dying Light 2: Stay Human's in-depth on user interface options, too. With a deeply customizable user interface and HUD, players will be able to choose how many dynamic elements appear on the screen – such as a quest tracker that pops up when you're in the area of current objectives – or opt solely for only the necessities should they prefer.

Dying Light 2 is due to launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on February 4, 2022.

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Vikki Blake
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