It has been over three years since Dying Light released, giving developers plenty of time to plot, plan and create a satisfying sequel. For the team behind Dying Light 2 it isn’t enough to just make new content, they want to create an ambitious experience that matches their visions and addresses fan concerns and, based off what was shown at E3, it might not be that outlandish.
A large part of the presentation was about doing choices right. While a lot of games make them superficial, where the choice doesn’t really change the outcome, or has little to no impact on things, they’ll vastly change your experience in Dying Light 2. This was shown in the demo by giving players the choice to either work with thugs or kill them to bring justice to a fallen Peacekeeper.
If players decide to work with them, the landscape remains relatively the same as before, with people lining up to buy fresh water. Thanks to your deal, you now get a cut of the profits and might have the ability to expand their business down the road. However, if you decide to bring them to justice, a number of changes occur. Water is free, giving players a free source to heal, shortcuts are implemented making it easier to transverse, enforcement keep zombies at bay, the location is redesigned to look like one of their bases and more. While choices make up the experience, there will be opportunities to change your mind and try to achieve a different outcome.
Much like the original, parkour is a big part of the experience. For starters, Dying Light 2 promises twice the moves found in the original and implemented puzzles that will test your skill. These challenges hinge on your ability to execute the right move and do it before running out of stamina. This, combined with some exciting new ways to transverse an even larger world, one that is roughly four times the size of the original, should make fans quite happy.
And, if this isn’t good enough, they made combat deeper than the original. This was shown by blocking attacks, waiting or creating openings and actually jumping on a bar and giving your opponent a powerful kick.
In addition to this, Dying Light 2 boasts a more complicated day and night system, along with hiring writers from some of the best side quests in The Witcher 3. All this and more shows Dying Light 2 is well on it’s way to being the sequel fans have been asking for.