Standalone battle royale spin-off Dying Light: Bad Blood will arrive on Steam Early Access in September. The Early Access release will be for PC players only but Bad Blood will be a multiplatform PC and console (presumably PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) game upon full release.
Now that's how you support your community: three-year-old zombie game Dying Light just got an entire new prison break-in mode and level - for free!
There's not a lot to this story but it's a nice piece of generosity to highlight: Dying Light's commitment to a year of free content drops continues with a new Gun Silencer pistol attachment inspired by the community and released today.
Zombie kill 'em up Dying Light gets a Battle Royale-inspired standalone PvP expansion called Bad Blood next year.
Developer Techland said Bad Blood comes "as a response to numerous fan requests for a PvP approach to Dying Light, and the recent popularity of the Battle Royale genre among the survival horror fans", which presumably is a nod to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite.
The big difference between the likes of PUBG and Bad Blood, however, is Bad Blood is only for six players, and it blends PvP with PvE. Here's how it works: you and five other players are dropped into a hostile, zombie-infested area. Each player has to evacuate before the night falls. You have to scavenge for weapons while harvesting blood samples from the infected.
Through delightfully wild events - "collectively blow up, burn and electrify 2 million zombies using beefed up buggies with enhanced Electric Cage, Mines and Flamethrower" - and new content, Polish developer Techland has kept the Dying Light community very healthy. Even now, two-and-a-half years after release, there are around 500,000 people apparently playing the zombie-thumping game each week.
Former notable Witcher and Gwent designer Damien Monnier has a new job - one not a million miles away from his last. He's landed at Techland, Polish developer of Dying Light, as lead designer of a new IP.
Dying Light studio Techland announced in Poland this week it is working on two new games. I spoke with CEO Paweł Marchewka at the conference Digital Dragons about what they'll be.
What do Rocket League and Dying Light have in common? They're both multiplatform and they both have cars. That's not much, but it's enough for the developers of both games to team up and introduce crossover content with one another.
Dying Light Spotlight Edition is a one-of-a-kind package that's easily the most expensive video game bundle ever conceived at a whopping $10,000,000.
Back in June Dying Light developer Techland decided to take the piss out of Activision by mocking its bizarre promotion to grant exclusive Destiny DLC only to North American players who drink Red Bull. To spoof this, Techland said it would grant DLC to those worldwide who drink water. All they had to do was post a picture or video of themselves guzzling H2O on Twitter with the hashtag #DrinkForDLC.
Dying Light's The Following expansion will launch 9th February 2016, Polish developer Techland has announced, alongside - as well as included within - a newly unveiled Enhanced Edition of the game. This is for all three formats: PC, PS4, Xbox One.
The Enhanced Edition does what a Game of the Year Edition would typically do - bundle the game and all downloadable content - but with added relish. The enhancements and added extras apparently took half-a-year to create.
The enhancements include:
Dying Light's The Following DLC has grown so big the developer will now charge extra for it.
Zombie shooter Dying Light has been out for a while, so the launch of a co-op console demo this week comes as something of a surprise.
Dying Light developer Techland has released a 15-minute video detailing The Following, an enormous expansion to its popular first-person zombie survival game.
The Following is set in the country rather than the city, and its map will be larger than all other Dying Light maps combined. Its plot concerns a cult that appears to have immunity to the zombie outbreak, but it's unclear how. You've gone to investigate.
Notable additions include upgradeable dune buggies, crossbows, submachine guns and more.
UPDATE 13TH AUGUST: The first gameplay trailer for The Following expansion has been revealed. The US price of $14.99 has also been revealed, but European pricing is still to be confirmed - as is the release date.
ORIGINAL STORY 29TH JULY: Techland has announced a "massive" Dying Light expansion called The Following, which will bring among things, drivable all-terrain dirt buggies to the game (you can see someone driving in a screenshot below).
The expansion will feature a large new map that is the size of all previous Dying Light maps combined, apparently, and pack both new features and story.
UPDATE 26/06/2015 11.17pm: Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has partaken in Dying Light's #DrinkForDLC promotion, as one can see in the following Vine:
Dying Light developer Techland has assured me dark fantasy action game Hellraid has not been cancelled. Development has been "frozen" but may be thawed as soon as third quarter this calendar year.
CEO Pawel Marchewka also told me Dying Light has 4.5 million unique users, the last count being 3.2 million mid-March. That doesn't strictly equal sales, but more on that and Dying Light - and the future Call of Juarez - later.
Hellraid first. "No no no," Marchewka responded at Polish games conference Digital Dragons when I asked if the game had been cancelled - it had been ominously announced as "on hold" only hours before.
The Bozak Horde downloadable content for zombie kill 'em up Dying Light launches 26th May, developer Techland announced.
Steam owners of Dying Light can now download the game's Developer Tools pack and begin creating their own custom content.
Zombie survival horror Dying Light will change tomorrow, 1st April, to feature super-powered player abilities.
Dying Light has currently reached 3.2m players, developer Techland has announced.
Yesterday Techland released the hard mode update for zombie kill 'em up Dying Light, and it added a short video message to the game.
In the world of physical game sales, Dying Light is a roaring success despite the download version launching a month ago.
There had been some concern that the delay of the release of the boxed retail version of Techland's zombie kill-'em-up would affect its sales. But it's already outdone two other high-profile games after just two weeks on sale.
UK sales company Chart-Track revealed today that Dying Light has already outsold PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886 (launched 20th February) and 2K Games 4v1 shooter Evolve (launched 10th February) after just two weeks on sale in shops - and with the download version going live weeks beforehand.
Undead survival shooter Dying Light has scored the top spot in the new UK all-formats chart.
That's despite the game having been available as a digital download since 28th January. UK numbers company Chart-Track only counts physical copies sold, so this is Dying Light's first chart placing.
It arrives ahead of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in second place and new entry Dragon Ball Xenoverse in third.
As far as outlandish video game special editions go, it's one of the most expensive we've seen.
Dying Light was the most sold game at US retail in January, analyst group NPD has announced.
"In January 2015, Dying Light had the highest first month of sales for new IP in the survival horror genre, exceeding the previous record, The Evil Within," stated the NPD Group's Liam Callahan.
This is surprising as The Evil Within was Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's spiritual successor to his classic horror series. Since Resident Evil HD Remaster set sales records for both PSN and Capcom, one would think that The Evil Within would bring more cache than Techland's follow-up to the middling Dead Island series. (We also recommended The Evil Within while Dying Light didn't quite make the grade, though it wasn't without its charms.)
Yesterday we reported that Dying Light mods had been taken down by Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices. The US-based Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which was blamed for the move, has now said it was a mistake.
UPDATE 6/2/15 2.50pm: Dying Light developer Techland has restored the ability for fans to mod its new zombie shooter.
Patch 1.4.0 unlocks the game for modding, although you will need the new update to play modded games online.
Anyone with the original version of the game (which allowed for modding, before it was accidentally patched out) will need to upgrade to play modded versions of the game with others.
Techland's new zombie shooter Dying Light has a cheeky reference to Destiny's infamous loot cave.
Dying Light developer Techland has nailed down a new release date for the game's physical version in Europe - 27th February. That's a month after the game was due to arrive in boxed form - and still will as a digital download - on 28th January.
The month delay affects the game's launch in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. North American physical copies will still arrive on time, on 28th January.
Techland will gift gamers a selection of free Dying Light DLC as an apology for the delay. All physical editions will include the Cuisine & Cargo plus Ultimate Survival Bundle add-ons, free of charge.
UPDATE 21/1/15 7.45pm: Dying Light developer Techland has commented on the wait for physical copies of the game by pointing to its publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive.
You can now 3D-print a bloodied, bikini-clad zombie figurine to celebrate the upcoming launch of survival game Dying Light.
Upcoming first-person open-world zombie game Dying Light has detailed its Season Pass.
Priced at $19.99 (so about £13), developer Techland tweeted that its Season Pass will contain three add-ons with a total of one new map, two hardcore missions, three special skins and four new weapons. Partridge and a pear tree not included.
Here's how it breaks down:
There will no longer be PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of upcoming zombie game Dying Light.
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.
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.
Dead Island developer Techland has delayed its undead open world game Dying Light until February 2015.
EGX Rezzed kicks off later this week and today we're very happy to announce the final additions to this year's developer sessions line-up, including Techland's Dying Light and Mode 7 Games' Frozen Endzone.
Dying Light is more than just a name for Technland's new zombie game: it's a warning.
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.
Dying Light developer Techland has said its upcoming zombie survival game will be of a higher quality than Dead Island, its first crack at the genre that launched with a number of rough edges.
Dead Island developer Techland is opening up a new studio in Vancouver, Canada to assist on the development of its open-world zombie parkour game Dying Light.
Dead Island developer Techland has shown off a dozen minutes of its upcoming first-person open-world zombie adventure Dying Light (via IGN).
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.