Dying Light 2 was announced almost exactly a year ago at E3 2018. The first game was a blast, so the news that a sequel was on the way was received warmly by many.
A year on, we’re yet to hear too much more about the second in the series. However, with E3 2019 just around the corner, we’re bound for more Dying Light 2 news. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what we do know, and what we’d like to see this June.
What We Know So Far
Developer Techland revealed last year that Dying Light 2 is set 15 years after the events of Dying Light, in a “modern dark age.” Humanity has been devastated in the war against the Infected, and now surviving factions of human beings are vying for control of what may be the last city on earth. How you interact with those factions and whom you choose to align yourself with will have considerable long-term impacts on the physical world around you (like in the image below, which shows the same city district after making two different decisions). Of course, you’ll be doing all this while battling hordes of zombies, too.
Dying Light 2 will also be much larger than the original game; the city you inhabit is four times the size of all the levels in Dying Light. Like in that title, parkour plays a large role in getting around (and staying alive).
Beyond this, Techland says Dying Light 2 will contain some “surprises for people that like to play multiplayer.” The developer says this isn’t a battle royale mode, despite the mode du jour coming to the first game as part of its Bad Blood standalone expansion.
A release date has not been announced for Dying Light 2–all we know is that it’s coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019.
What’s Confirmed For E3?
Techland has confirmed it’s bringing Dying Light 2 to E3 2019, though it hasn’t offered much in the way of clues. “We can’t wait to show you the latest look at our most ambitious project to date,” it said in a tweet. The game was announced on Microsoft’s stage last year, so it’s possible it could end up being shown off there again. Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference starts on June 9 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST (6 AM AET on June 10).
What We Hope To See At E3
It’s been over four years since the first game launched for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, so we’re thirsty for more from Dying Light’s universe. Given we’ve seen little of the game since its reveal a year ago, more gameplay footage is a must. We’d also like more detail on the world-shifting mechanic Techland has previously spoken about. The differences look dramatic, but how much nuance does a system like that contain? And how much will it really affect your playing experience?
Further, we’d love to hear more about these multiplayer “surprises.” If it’s not battle royale, what is it? Is it standard deathmatch-type games? A shared open world? Only time will tell.
Of course, the biggest question on fans’–and our–lips is when will we get to play Dying Light 2? Techland has been hit with layoffs in recent months, though the company says development of Dying Light 2 is not affected. If that’s the case, the game should still be on course for its 2019 release–just tell us when, Techland!