There’s no greater sense of relief than knowing that a project is finally free of uncertain development, especially where long hiatuses are concerned. After being shelved for indefinite delay last year, open-world zombie action game Dying Light 2 has received an official release date, and will arrive to PS4, PS5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on 7 December 2021.
Titled Dying Light 2 Stay Human, the sequel is set 20 years after the events of the first entry, and follows the story of new protagonist Aiden Caldwell as he trudges through the City – humanity’s last stronghold – with a group of survivors called the Nightrunners. Players will have to execute familiar parkour mechanics and combat tactics while exploring the world, which like the original, is set to retain the same dynamic day-night cycles.
As the game is built larger than its prequel, several new elements have also been added to the list, including expanded parkour abilities, a bigger map, and narrative choices. The high-risk-high-reward model, meanwhile, makes a comeback, with nighttime offering opportunities for high-value looting not available in the day amidst the increased danger of stronger, more powerful zombies.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human is available for pre-order now, and will come with three variations in tow, barring the Collector’s Edition: Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate. Preordering any of them yields a Reload Pack, a bonus bundle that includes an additional unique outfit, weapon, and paraglider skin. For the newcomers, publisher Techland has packaged both the original Dying Light and its downloadable content in the form of the Dying Light Platinum Edition as well, which is available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and GOG.