At pretty much the last possible moment, Techland have announced a delay for the Dying Light – Hellraid expansion. Originally planned for 23rd July, the new release date is set for 13th August for PC and 14th August for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
We received tons of great feedback during our beta of Dying Light – Hellraid. Big thanks to everyone who participated! We’re hell-bent on applying your suggestions, so we will be launching the new game mode on August 13 for PC, and August 14 for consoles. pic.twitter.com/3rqp680b7P
— Dying Light (@DyingLightGame) July 17, 2020
The Hellraid DLC revives a cancelled game of the same name, linking the streets of Harran to a fantasy setting where you battle the servants of Hell with medieval swords, axes and hammers. You reach this realm via an arcade cabinet that’s suddenly and mysteriously appeared in the basement of the Tower…
The new mode is procedurally generated, handing you bounties to complete and rewarding with you with new prizes as you revisit the fortress. You can take the mode on solo or in co-op for up to four players, working together to improve your Hellraid rank and earn access to new weapons to take back to the main game.
Dying Light – Hellraid’s announcement was a bit of a surprise, coming some five years after Techland’s zombie-filled hit first released for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The company opened up pre-orders in June allowing access to a closed beta test, and it’s this that has led to the DLC’s delay, as the team try to implement the suggestions of their players.
While it’s great to see such long support for a game, it’s fairly clear that this is a bit of a stopgap from Techland, who delayed the release of Dying Light 2 in January. Originally planned for Spring 2020, it’s been pushed back to an unknown release window, and reports have emerged of some troubled development behind the scenes.
Last year, it was confirmed that Dying Light 2 would be a cross-generational title with Techland aiming to release the game on PS5 and Xbox Series X alongside current-gen machines. Without having any inkling of how long this delay could be we may not see Dying Light 2 until the next consoles are settled as products.
Dying Light 2 is set 15 years after the first Dying Light and if you want to have a look at the game you can check out 26 minutes of gameplay here, as revealed last August.