Dying Light 2: Stay Human transports players straight back into the apocalyptic fray in style, but when is its release date? Here’s a rundown of everything we know so far, including the game’s platforms, trailers, and gameplay.
Techland’s original Dying Light etched itself into history as one of the zombie genre’s most explosive titles, so when the devs announced that a next-gen sequel was set to release, avid survivalists immediately started grabbing their gear and preparing for armageddon.
Featuring expanded crafting and parkour, players will have to navigate the ominous streets of The City, a once-bustling metropolis now home to more than just the undead.
Sound like your perfect Friday night? Here’s everything we know about Dying Light 2, including its release date, platforms, and monsters.
- Release date
- Gameplay & Monsters
- Dying Light 2 campaign length
- Synopsis and Main Character
Dying Light 2 is set to release on February 4, 2022. While initially pegged for a December 2021 launch date, Techland admitted that the game needed a little more “polish.”
For those that want to secure a copy in advance, you can preorder it via Dying Light’s official website, and as an extra treat, you’ll get the Reload Skin Pack.
Dying Light 2 will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 & 5, and Xbox One & Series X|S.
A cloud-based Nintendo Switch edition has also been announced but will not release at the same time as the others.
Whether it will also debut on Xbox Game Pass remains unknown, but considering Back 4 Blood was on the subscription service from day one, Techland may follow in their footsteps.
Providing players with another deep dive into the bowels of the unknown, Techland’s May 27 gameplay trailer showcases not just what happens after dark, but the warring Factions that are desperate to tear you limb from limb during the day.
A new trailer debuted at The Game Awards, and gives us a new look at Dying Light 2’s world.
An innovative open-world take on the classic genre, players will be able to explore every little nook and cranny within the new city at their leisure. This is made easier by Aiden’s parkour abilities, which allow players to dodge the pesky undead in style.
Additionally, you’ll be able to join one of the game’s three factions. This new mechanic will allow players to dictate how the game’s plot pans out, and adds an extra dose of replayability as you try out each different group in turn.
But, of course, no Dying Light game is complete without a terrifying roster of monsters. While you dodge bullets during the day, you’ll be taking to the streets in the dead of night when the Infected come out to play. From the screeching Howlers to the creepy Sleeping Beauties, you’ll have your hands full.
In January 2022, Techland revealed that the length of Dying Light 2 was “at least 500 hours” to fully complete every aspect of the game. This led some fans to speculate that the campaign itself could take around 100 hours to complete, with the additional 400 hours being for side quests and exploration.
This sparked some rigorous debate amongst fans about quality vs quantity in games. However, since then Techland has clarified their position, stating that the game should actually “finish the story + side quests in less than 100 hours.” They also stated that the game’s story/campaign should take around 20 hours to complete.
Since then, Techland has produced a tweet explaining the contradiction, and that Dying Light 2 can take over 500 hours to complete if players choose to “max out” the game.
We wanted to clarify our recent communication about the amount of hours required to complete the game. Dying Light 2: Stay Human is designed for players with different gameplay styles and preferences to explore the world how they see fit.#DyingLight2 pic.twitter.com/tcaDKULMo8
— Dying Light (@DyingLightGame) January 10, 2022
Players looking to get their value for money will be pleased too, as Dying Light 2’s devs “guarantee” to deliver at least “5 years” worth of new content. This will include “new stories, locations, in-game events” and more over the course of the game’s lifespan.
Want to know what will happen AFTER the premiere? We guarantee to expand the world of Dying Light 2 Stay Human for at least 5 years post launch with new stories, locations, in-game events and all the fun stuff you love!#DyingLight2 #StayHuman pic.twitter.com/SgaNynkrzI
— Dying Light (@DyingLightGame) January 14, 2022
Set 20 years after the original Dying Light, players will view the game’s apocalyptic universe through the eyes of Aiden Caldwell, a member of the ominous Outcasts. Out for blood and in search of someone from his past, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
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It turns out, however, that Caldwell has been infected by the creatures, giving him a plethora of superhuman powers that players will be able to take advantage of. Additionally, he can side with one of Dying Light 2’s three rival factions, dictating how the game plays out.
Dying Light 2 is set in yet another European location simply entitled The City, which Techland boasts is 4 times the size of the flagship title’s Harran.
In order to celebrate the release in style, Techland are dropping three different versions of the game for avid players to get their hands on.
You can choose from:
- Standard ($59.99 / £54.99) – Base game and Reload skin bundle.
- Deluxe ($79.99 / £64.99) – Base game, Reload skin bundle, “Legendary” skin pack, weapon charms, Story DLC 1, as well as some digital goodies.
- Ultimate ($99.99 / £79.99) – Base game, Reload skin bundle, “Legendary” skin pack, weapon charms, crafting items, 2 hour XP boost, Story DLC 1 & 2, as well as some digital goodies.
- Collector’s Physical Edition ($229.99 / £199.99) – Base game, all of the Deluxe and Ultimate rewards, Defender of the City Statuette, UV Flashlight, map of The City, and many more Collector’s rewards.
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