Having spent several years in development, Dying Light 2 Stay Human is finally nearing its release date. Building on the success of the first game, the sequel aims to expand on the base premise in almost every single way.
One of the stronger open-world zombie survival games of the last generation, Dying Light was a fun cooperative experience that didn’t take itself too seriously. The sequel, developed by Techland, looks like it will take a more serious tone by introducing branching narratives.
Techland originally announced the game back in 2018. There was a long period of silence after the initial announcement, leading many to believe the game had been cancelled. Absent during E3 2020, Dying Light 2 reappeared at last year’s E3 event. The new trailer showed an extended look at gameplay, while also explaining the long delay. Much like the rest of the world, Techland had faced issues adapting to working during the pandemic.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human is just around the corner, but if you can’t wait, we recommend picking up its predecessor. Available on PC, consoles and even the Nintendo Switch, Dying Light should keep you busy up until the sequel releases.
When will Dying Light 2 Stay Human release?
Packed into what feels like one of the busiest months of the year, Dying Light 2 Stay Human wil released during February. There’s some tough competition during the month though as both Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West are also set to release. Dying Light 2 Stay Human releases just ahead of both though, launching on February 4th. That means there are now only a few weeks between you and a zombie-filled apocalyptic city.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human will launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PC and Nintendo Switch. The PC version of Dying Light 2 will feature both ray-tracing and DLSS. On Xbox Series X and PS5, players will have the ability to choose between ray tracing or 60fps modes. Xbox Series X|S players will also benefit from the option of variable refresh rate, which allows for an even smoother experience.
Dying Light 2 stay Human comes in multiple editions, because this is 2022 after all, and publishers need to milk every release. There’s of course the standard edition, which comes with the game itself. There’s also some pre-order content, which includes in game cosmetic items. If you want to splash out a little more, there’s the digital deluxe edition, which comes with the aforementioned pre-order bonuses, story DLC and other digital goodies.
Then there is the ultimate edition which features everything already listed, as well as “ultimate digital items” and a second bit of story content. There’s also the collector’s edition which comes with a bunch of physical goodies, but that’s currently sold out.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human is still an open-world zombie survival game, but Techland has expanded several key elements of the game. The linear narrative of the first game has been replaced with a branching story system. Dying Light 2’s world will change based on the decisions and actions taken by the players. Elements of the game’s delay can be blamed on this new narrative structure, as the developers underestimate how complex it would be.
There are new zombies to contend with, weapons to use, moves to utilise and plenty of new characters to meet. The game’s map is twice the size of the original game, so there’s going to be plenty of new places to explore as well.
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