Earlier this week, Techland ramped up the PR campaign for its upcoming first-person zombie survival sequel, Dying Light 2: Stay Human, and finished the week with a very bold statement.
The Polish developer announced on Twitter today that it guarantees to provide ongoing support for the game in the way of new stories, events, locations, and in-game items for at least the next five years.
Techland has a proven track record with the first Dying Light. Seven years after its initial launch it has continued to support that game with a combination of paid and free content, including multiple DLC expansions like the well-reviewed expansion, The Following. At this time it is unclear if new DLCs for Dying Light 2 will be handled in the same way as the original game.
Techland got into some hot water this week by claiming that players would need “at least 500 hours” to complete the open-world zombie sequel. It quickly backtracked that comment after receiving major blowback from fans, explaining that it would only take that long if players choose to complete the main story and every side quest, find every item and explore every part of the world.
If players decide to stick to just completing the main storyline it should only take around 20 hours to finish, and those fans wanting to tackle the main story as well as all the side quests should expect to lose 80 or so hours of free time. “Dying Light 2: Stay Human,” Techland explained, “is designed for players with different gameplay styles and preferences to explore the world how they see fit.”
During Techland’s pre-launch livestream series for Dying Light 2, the developer showed off the game’s four-player co-op mode. A key feature will be the players’ ability to keep personal items and progress when joining other players’ games. Story choices won’t transfer, but if one comes up while in co-op mode each player will have a vote, with the game host having the final say on the outcome.
Given a development cycle plagued by multiple long delays, high-profile staff departures, and reports of mismanagement, the game is finally set to be released in less than a month. However, early impressions of Dying Light 2: Stay Human paint a very favorable picture for the sequel to Techland’s best-selling title.
Dying Light 2 will be available for PC, PS4, PS5, XBox One, and XBox Series X|S on February 4, 2022.