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Another day, another delay. Dying Light 2 developers Techland have announced that the former plans to release Dying Light 2 in Spring 2020 have been scrapped. However, Dying Light 2 isn’t the first major game to be delayed this month.
First, it was Marvel’s Avengers being pushed back by Crystal Dynamics from 15 May 2020, with its publisher, Square Enix, also overseeing the delay of the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Also escaping the formerly cluttered Spring release window was the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077, which has moved from 16 April to 17 September 2020. Even Iron Man VR was pushed back to 15 May 2020 instead of its initial 28 February release date.
What makes Dying Light 2 different to the likes of Marvel’s Avengers, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Cyberpunk 2077 is that it moves out of a release window and into the unsettling space of an indefinite release date.
Given that publisher Square Enix commissioned the delays of Marvel’s Avengers and Final Fantasy VII Remake, it isn’t too surprising that Dying Light 2 has been pushed back. However, the lack of a new release date won’t comfort excited fans.
Techland announces Dying Light 2 delay
The first game, Dying Light, was one of the highlights of gaming in 2015, creating a vast and diverse world filled with activities, zombies, and unique gameplay features.
If the increased terrifying dangers brought on at night weren’t enough to make the game stand out in the ocean of zombie games, the incredible use of parkour as a key form of travel in the game certainly did the trick.
It was a novel and exciting game – even in the saturated zombie genre – with fans clamouring for a sequel for nearly five years.
Dying Light 2 was first announced at E3 2018, and it was later revealed that the game would be coming to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the next generation of home consoles. Given the delay and the lack of a set release date, the team may now focus their efforts on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launch.
In the announcement, Techland CEO Pawel Marchewka stated that “unfortunately, we need more development time to fulfil our vision.” He continued: “we will have more details to share in the coming months, and will get back to you as soon as we have more information.”
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As is the case with the other delayed games, if the development team needs more time to perfect the title, the best move is to delay its launch. Releasing a game before it’s finished is greatly frowned upon by gamers now that the community has been scorched by other publishers pushing other unfinished games out of the gate to cash-in on time.
Much like Marvel’s Avengers and Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2 has a huge following of fans who can’t wait to jump into the game. At least the studio has been communicative, but hopefully, a firm release date will be announced in the coming months.
Dying Light 2 takes place 15 years after the events of Dying Light
Dying Light 2 is set in the massive open-world environment of The City, in which players take on the role of a new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, 15 years on from the events of Dying Light.
Like in the first game, parkour will be a key part of the game, but in the sequel, there will be more than twice as many parkour moves to be utilised for traversing the environment, scaling buildings, and fleeing the infected.
While zombies are an ever-present threat – they are, once again, docile in the day but hyper-aggressive at night – humans and player choices will be the main drivers of the game.
The first game featured quite a linear story that set in an open-world, but Dying Light 2 is said to be more decision-oriented, with your choices impacting the areas, residents, and potential quest lines.
As a theme for the remaining humans in the zombie-filled world, the development team decided to go with one that reflects a form of modern Dark Ages, with human behaviours being more akin to how people would act in the centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire, with intrigue, betrayal, and infidelity being key features, per Games Radar.
To achieve the level of story depth alongside the choice-oriented gameplay that Techland wanted to include to move the Dying Light franchise forward, they recruited Chris Avellone, who worked on the Fallout series, and writers who worked on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The development team appears to have set out on an almighty project that could well prove to be even better than its predecessor. It’s a shame that Dying Light 2 has been delayed indefinitely – at the time of writing – but if it means that the game will be complete at launch, the patience will be worthwhile.