The developers have been hush hush about the game for quite some time. A reveal trailer first hit all the way back at E3 2018. And an extended gameplay trailer was showcased in 2019, and that’s it. Radio silence all the way up to summer 2021.
Dying Light 2, produced by Techland and published by Square Enix, was supposed to launch in the first quarter of 2020 but was delayed. Game development being pushed back is common, especially during this pandemic era. So I don’t really mind the lateness. But not seeing or hearing anything in all this time did make me a tad bit worrisome.
Looks like I can stuff my worries in a sack, because we finally got a release date (December 7, 2021) and a juicy new trailer! Check it out below.
The trailer is over seven minutes long. It jumps around to different moments, so it’s hard to find one singular theme throughout it. But if I had to describe it, I’d say the trailer revealed more about the situation and environment around your protagonist, and what kind of combat gameplay this leads to.
For good measure, I’m linking the even meatier 24 minute extended gameplay trailer from 2019. Unlike the most recent trailer, the 2019 one gives you a more complete picture of what playing the game will feel like. Of course, this trailer was demoed two years ago for something that’s still a work in progress. Who knows which parts have been cut or revamped.
I’m currently playing the original Dying Light game from 2015. For some reason, I never finished it when it first came out. It was a cool game, but the protagonist and the dialogue felt generic, with the kind of stories you expect from a zombie outbreak. I didn’t feel motivated to complete the story, and ended up getting into other games. But I think I’ll be able to finish it now, in time for the release of Dying Light 2. Third time’s the charm!
Dying Light 2 Stay Human looks totally different from the original. It’s set 15 years after the apocalypse first began, which has a huge effect on the open world you’ll be playing in. The parkour looks more varied and dynamic. Even the zombies are better dressed. I hope this game is as fun as it looks. We’ll learn on December 7, when it launches on all platforms - PS4/PS5, Xbox One, XSX and PC.