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Dying Light gets a January release date

Dying Light gets a January release date

Pre-orders include multiplayer DLC where you plays as a zombie.

Techland's open-world parkour and stealth zombie adventure Dying Light is due out in Europe on 30th January on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

North Americans will receive it on 27th January.

Pre-orders come with a free DLC mode called Be the Zombie, in which you invade other players' games as a powerful class of undead called the Night Hunter.

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Why isn't Dead Island 1 developer Techland making the sequel?

Why isn't Dead Island 1 developer Techland making the sequel?

"Well, you know, we had our ups and downs."

Why isn't Polish developer Techland making Dead Island 2? It made the first game, after all.

Dead Island wasn't fantastic but it was successful - very successful. In February 2013 the game passed the five million sales mark. Five million sales! And for a new IP! Techland clearly did something right.

But what it didn't do was retain ownership of the IP.

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FeatureHow Dying Light is keeping the zombie genre fresh

Techland's third stab at the zombie apocalypse borrows from the best.

Dying Light isn't a cool game to like. On the surface, it reeks of a design-by-committee approach to blockbuster development. It's got zombies. It's got an open world. It's got parkour. And stealth. And an upgrade tree. It even casts you as a generic badass dude with a woman who barks orders at you through a walkie-talkie. Heck, it's developed by Techland, who just did the open-world zombie thing twice, to questionable effect, in its divisive Dead Island series. Dying Light should be a banal wreck: the video game equivalent of the KFC Famous Bowl. That's what makes it all the more surprising that it was one of the hardest games to put down at this year's E3.

Techland shows Dying Light PS4 gameplay footage

Techland has shown gameplay from the PlayStation 4 version of parkour open world zombie action survival game Dying Light.

The demo, below, was introduced at the VGX awards as being in 1080p resolution on Sony's console.

The footage shows first-person melee with an axe and plenty of blood.

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When Riptide released 18 months after the original Dead Island, there was some cause for concern; Techland, a developer not necessarily renowned for the quality of its output, seemed to be pushing itself too far. Those fears were borne out by a sequel that papered over some of the cracks but couldn't overcome the shabbiness at the heart of the original design. When Techland announced another first-person zombie game a mere month after Riptide's release, mere weeks since it announced an all-new game and mere days after the release of a new Call of Juarez, it's understandable those same concerns rise again.

Dead Island dev unveils open world first-person survival horror game Dying Light for current-gen, next-gen and PC

Techland, maker of Dead Island, has announced a new game: Dying Light.

It's described as first-person survival horror with a Mirror's Edge-style free running mechanic featuring a day-night cycle set in a "vast" open world. It's due out on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2014. Warner Bros. is publishing.

In the day players scavenge the urban environment for supplies and craft weapons to defend themselves against an infected population. At night the infected become aggressive and more dangerous, so you have to survive until the first light.

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