Six years, four months and three weeks ago, a major developer released an action budget with a large budget in a sprawling open world. In 2018, the same developer announced a sequel planned for the following year. It has since been delayed. And now the original game gets more content. Such is the story of Dying light, a game about beating zombies before they hit you.
Yes, developer Techland just released a free supplement for Dying light. Especially the existing one Dying light expansion Hellraid–teased in 2014 as a separate fantasy game before it was put on ice and then released in July last year as one Dying light expansion – gets a new infusion of narrative.
For today, Hellraid was quite light on the story, and centered on your use of a demonic arcade machine to get into a demon-infested fantasy realm. You fight demons and the like with typical fantasy weapons, instead of, for example, a baseball bat with nails sticking out of it. You just … kill things in first person dungeon crawling battle. And as in Dying light right, there is an emphasis on free running.
Today’s story mode expansion sounds like an action, giving you the task of exploring a new area to save a belly named Lucius. It contains three missions, which you, like the basic game, can play alone or collaboratively.
Beyond the expansion of the content, Hellraid gets an overhaul of the lighting, plus updates to the inventory system and the minimum map. Here are the full notes, and a trailer:
It’s natural to wonder why this game, which is almost as old as an entire console generation, still gets significant support. Dying lightwas of course hugely popular at launch and topped the sales charts in the wake of the release. (By 2019, 17 million people had played the game.) It is still moderately popular and boasts north of 25,000 concurrent players on Steam as of this writing. Not exactly Counterattack numbers, but still nothing to sneeze at for a six-year-old game that does not fall under the umbrella of “play as a service”. It’s not hard to see why Techland wants to keep the content drip feed drip feed, even if it’s just a holdover to the nearestent follow-up.
Dying light 2, originally scheduled for a 2019 release, is out December 7th for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S.