New art for Dying Light 2 dev's next game suggests parkour might return

(Image credit: Techland)

Dying Light 2's developer has teased their next project with new concept art and what could well be the return of parkour elements.

Earlier today, on March 16, Techland tweeted just below, revealing a first glimpse at the studio's narrative-driven fantasy game. That sounds like quite the departure from Dying Light at first, but given the positioning of the sole character in the new concept art, it could well be that climbing and parkour elements could feature in the fantasy game.

We can see the character scaling what looks like a massive tree, glancing down at a valley below them, adorned with pretty simple stone structures. You get a sense of verticality from this concept art and considering Dying Light's history with cityscapes, this isn't a far cry from what Techland has focused on before with the horror series.

Techland first announced this new project last year in May 2022, shortly after Dying Light 2 first launched. Back then, the new game was billed as a "fully next-gen experience," seemingly leaving last-gen consoles behind in the dust, and as a "fantasy epic," which the new artwork is riffing off of.

We did get a new look at the game via concept art last year, but today is the first time we're seeing a major indication of verticality or scaling structures. Considering how great Dying Light's parkour system was across two games, we'd imagine this is good news to many players out there.

Check out our guide to all the best games like Dying Light 2 to play right now if you're a little impatient for what Techland's cooking up.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.