Techland has announced a Dying Light 2 delay. The game, which was originally scheduled to launch later this year, has been pushed back to early 2022, with the developer citing a desire to meet player expectations and playtest the game more before release.
What's the reason for this Dying Light 2 delay?
The delay to Dying Light 2 - or, to give it its full name, Dying Light 2 Stay Human - was announced on the game's official Twitter account. In the announcement, Techland CEO Paweł Marchewka declares that Dying Light 2 is complete and that the team is currently playtesting it. However, due to the size and scope of the project, the devs say they "need more time to polish and optimize" Dying Light 2. As such, the game will now launch early next year. It was originally due to launch on December 7th this year.
This isn't the first Dying Light 2 delay we've experienced. When the game was announced at E3 2018, Techland was targeting a spring 2020 release, but the game was subsequently delayed indefinitely. Fans and gamers became increasingly frustrated with the lack of news or commitment to a new Dying Light 2 release date, leading Techland to address these complaints directly in a developer update earlier this year.
When is the new Dying Light 2 release date?
According to Techland, the new Dying Light 2 release date is February 4th 2022. This three-month delay reflects Techland's intent to more intensively playtest the game and make sure it's ready for primetime. Hopefully, this will be the final Dying Light 2 delay, and we'll finally be able to get our hands on this game next February. Given that rumors are swirling regarding Techland wanting to go public, it won't be a good look if their flagship product suffers any more delays. However, they have seen in the past year the amount of money that can be lost by rushing to release for the holiday, as seen with last year's Cyberpunk 2077. Damaging investor confidence in the quality of products would be even more problematic for the studio.
When it does launch, Dying Light 2 will be available for PC, PlayStation consoles, and Xbox platforms. It'll be available both for last-gen machines and current-gen consoles and will support free upgrades to next-gen editions on both PS4 and Xbox One. The game will continue its predecessor's parkour-centric open-world zombie gameplay and will feature expanded traversal and combat mechanics.
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