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Tim Horton

Dying Light is a first-person, action survival horror game set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, players traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population.

At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Most frightening are the predators which only appear after sundown. Players must use everything in their power to survive until the morning’s first light.

"In daylight you explore the city searching for supplies and weapons. After nightfall, though, this infected world undergoes a dramatic transformation that gives the gameplay a new dimension. You, a hunter by day, become prey. The infected grow in strength, but something even more sinister looms in the darkness to begin its hunt," Dev Team - Dying Light

From our hands on experience with this game last month, which was unfortunately a bit limited we found it to be a mixture of Farcry, Stalker and Assassins creed.

The free running aspect is stunning, you are able to mantle, jump and slide with complete confidence and fluidity.

With an environment matched only by Mother Nature herself and a dynamic interactive storyline Dying Light promises to be one hell of dynamic zombie romper stomp.

A brand new approach reinvents the zombie horror

Survive the Night - During the day, players roam free and scavenge for supplies and weapons. But at night, the world undergoes a deadly transformation: the hunter becomes the hunted as the infected grow more aggressive and numerous, and something far more sinister awakens to stalk its prey.

Free Running Movement - Whether tracking prey or escaping predators, Dying Light lets players swiftly navigate the world by seamlessly leaping between buildings, grappling up walls and pouncing on unsuspecting enemies.

Free running in Dying Light
Free running in Dying Light

Open World Environments - Dying Light is set in a vast open world, delivering expansive and varied environments, a wide variety of enemy classes and a hopeless tale of survival where resources are scarce and the infected are not the only threat.

Brutal Melee and Ranged Combat - get up-close using a variety of light and heavy weapons including knives, bats, axes, sledgehammers and more exotic weaponry or utilize guns and other firepower to take down enemies from a distance.

Choose Your Play Style - Dying Light features four playable characters that can be fully customized and upgraded to match any play style.

One of Dying Lights Main Characters
One of Dying Lights Main Characters

Craft Your Weapon - Why use a wrench when you can use a wrench wrapped in electrified barbed wire? Dying Light's sizeable crafting system enables players to create a slew of new, more potent weapons and equipment, as well as specialized ammunition.

Breathtaking Visuals and Gameplay - Dying Light is the first game powered by Chrome Engine 6, a cutting edge incarnation of Techland's proprietary technology, designed from the ground up for the new console generation, DirectX 11 and other advanced solutions.

Dying Light - Warner Bros Games
Dying Light - Warner Bros Games

Developer explains and plays Dying Light

Dying Light has released a development diary that details the game's freerunning elements, or "Natural Movement," as developer Techland calls it.

Producer Tymon Smektała said that when the team started development on Dying Light they looked at other first-person games and felt that they lacked the ability to let the player move freely and seamlessly.

Lead Game Designer Maciej Binkowski said that, at first, they tried placing special objects in the environment that would allow the player to climb up various structures. When 50,000 objects still weren't enough, they realized that they'll have to find a different solution. Dying Light's Natural Movement, as you can see in the video above, allows you to climb almost everything you see in the game, with smooth animations reminiscent of DICE's Mirror's Edge.

Techland believes that its Natural Movement is a significant evolution in first-person games. Game Programmer Bartosz Kulon said that it might take you five or six hours to master it, but that once you do, it will feel like second nature.

Multiplayer aspect

Online multiplayer has been announced for up to 4 players in the co-op mode. It has also been confirmed that the game will offer asymmetrical multiplayer. There will be a pre-order exclusive game mode that will allow the player to play as a zombie and join other players' worlds. What is asymmetrical multiplayer i hear you ask.

Asymmetric gameplay is a form of multiplayer in video games, in which multiple players can play the same game simultaneously in different ways. So it encorporates the level of multiplayer you will most certainly be used to with a few added surprises.

Release date

Originally scheduled for release in February 2015. Last week, developer Techland tweeted the below pic to the world - I am no detective but i believe we now have confirmation of Dying Lights official release date.

Dying Light Release Date
Dying Light Release Date

Dying Light will be released on XboxOne, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Brought to life by Warner Brothers games and Techland.

Dying Light Trivia

Dying Light started out as a Dead Island sequel, but Techland made it a completely new video game because it felt different enough and contained enough brand new features, such as a massive open world, new zombies, real time day/night cycle, and new game mechanics to warrant another game.

The new release date of January 27 2015 is the same date GTA 5 will be released on PC. Better get saving

Sources: Gamespot (Video) Wiki and Gamertag Gaming


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