Techland have a fairly patchy history with their games, with their very up and down Call of Juarez series and Dead Island, whilst successful, a rather flawed experience, even at the best of time. Dying Light takes that game’s open world Zombie setting and runs with it. Literally.
Courtesy of IGN, we get to see around 12 minutes of in-game action, which certainly reveals a lot of things about the game, and shows that Techland are being no less ambitious with their latest franchise.
It looks like a cross between Mirror’s Edge and Dead Island, with free running married to a world filled with more zombies than you can possibly take out on your own, pushing you to stay on the move and not get bogged down in combat. However, there is the return of weapon customisation, as demonstrated by the electrified knife shown a few minutes in, and we naturally have mutated forms of infected to fight or run away from.
Interacting with other humans will be key to the story, with a fellow Brit – Jade – there for you over the walkie-talkie, a side mission giving you the choice of investigating a scream emanating from a nearby house, and getting beaten to your first objective by a rival group as a consequence. The narration on the video reveals that going out of your way for these minor side missions will have a knock on effect, so you’ll have to make these choices as you go along.
Then, when the sun falls below the horizon, things get very different…
Dying Light is set for a 2014 release on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
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