Dying Light 2 will touch down in spring 2020, but Techland lead designer Tymon Smektala recently told Gamesindustry.biz that a small, dedicated team will be continuing to add new things to 2015’s Dying Light.
According to Smektala, the team ‘had a meeting right before E3 where we said we still wanted to add things to the first one,’ so that’s exactly what’s happening. Last year, Techland released 10 DLC packs in 12 months, as part of its 10-in-12 scheme; Smektala explained that ‘supporting a game like Dying Light for such a long time allows us to be slightly more crazy, and slightly more creative with some things, and also test some ideas and gameplay elements that we're not sure about.’
The updates secured Dying Light’s legacy, and the game sold more in 2018 than in 2017, and more in 2017 than 2016. Smetkala credits the fans for Dying Light’s continued success, saying, ‘It is mostly down to word-of-mouth, and we have a vocal community that really tries to tell everyone in the world that they love this game and that you should love it as well.’
The next game looks to evolve the narrative and environment capabilities of its predecessor, emphasising player choice and moral deliberations. Dying Light 2 will be out on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One in early spring 2020.