Dying Light PS5 and Xbox Series X versions have been rated for release, indicating that Techland's new-gen plans may already be coming together.
Gematsu (opens in new tab) spotted the new ratings on the official ESRB website (opens in new tab), with the new Dying Light listing's platforms specified as PS5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch. The Switch version was officially revealed with a Digital Foundry (opens in new tab) performance breakdown earlier this week, and the ratings also lineup with Techland's own low-key announcement on Twitter that it's "working on a next-gen patch" for the first Dying Light, with more details to come.
We're currently working on a next-gen patch for Dying Light 1 - more details coming in the future :)October 14, 2021
Judging by the new ESRB listing, you'll be able to pick up new-gen versions of Dying Light with the new-gen upgrades built right in - and you likely won't have to wait too long. Granted, we still don't know what those upgrades will be. The fact that this Twitter response came from someone asking for a 60FPS suggests that a frame rate boost could be on the cards.
Other potential improvements, judging on other last-gen games that have received next-gen patches such as Days Gone, Marvel's Avengers, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remake, could be a 4K resolution boost, haptic feedback support for the DualSense controller, and improved loading times.
That Dying Light is still receiving support six years after its launch is maybe not as surprising as the way this new-gen reveal has arrived. After all, Techland has been keeping the game's community satisfied with multiple updates and add-ons in recent months, including Dying Light Hellraid.
Of course, there's also the not insignificant matter of Dying Light 2, which is due to launch next year for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch (as a cloud based experience). It was originally scheduled to launch on December 7, 2021, but the recent Dying Light 2 delay has seen it move to its new date of February 4, 2022. Fingers crossed the next-gen update for the original Dying Light will help tide us over.
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