The zombie-filled landscape of survival horror video game Dying Light returns in full force with the release of Dying Light 2 this February.
An apt arrival in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, Dying Light 2: Stay Human takes place in a world which has now been completely overwhelmed by the virus which ripped through the fictional Middle Eastern city of Harran in the first game, as the first person shooter series brings a new protagonist and challenges in The City.
With more zombies, more weapons and even more downloadable content revealed in Polish developer Techland’s latest teasers and post-launch roadmap, Dying Light 2 could well be one of this year’s biggest video game launches.
The biggest video games coming out in 2022 and their release dates – from Elden …
Dying Light 2’s review embargo has now lifted, meaning that streamers and reviewers alike are able to give their verdict on the game’s performance and quality of gameplay.
Here’s everything you need to know about Dying Light 2: Stay Human – including reviews so far, Dying Light 2’s release date, how to pre-order and more.
Dying Light 2 plot details and what to expect
Dying Light 2, set 20 years after Dying Light, places you in a world utterly transformed since the virus first began to spawn the infected zombies staggering through the streets of Harran.
In the wake of an apocalypse which saw the virus and hoards of the infected prevail over most of the world’s population, human civilization stands on the brink of extinction.
Dying Light 2’s protagonist is survivor Aiden Caldwell, who, as one of the Pilgrims traveling across the world’s desolate landscapes, finds himself in one of the last human settlements in The City – which is overrun with the infected, desperate survivors in search of supplies and rival factions vying for control.
Playing as Caldwell, players will be tasked with using their combat skills, agility and intelligence to navigate The City’s human and infected threats – while confronting fragments of your indecipherable past.
As with Dying Light 2’s predecessor, the ultimate challenge of the game is to stay human as your surroundings make this task more difficult than ever before.
Only this time, you’re equipped with parkour and combat skills to make the most of the game’s massive open world, highly scalable environment and contend with the many mutated infected who emerge each nightfall.
There are also more than 200 weapons and 20 additional weapon mods to try.
Dying Light 2 once again lets users enjoy both role-playing first person and multiplayer modes with the return of Dying Light’s four person co-operative multiplayer.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human release date
Dying Light 2: Stay Human is scheduled for release on Friday February 4 2022 at 12am UK time, with the game already available to pre-order on Steam, Epic Games Store, Xbox and Playstation stores as well as for PC via Techland’s own store.
Those who purchase the game for Xbox One of PlayStation 4 consoles will be able to access the game for no added cost should they upgrade to next-gen consoles like the Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5.
Dying Light 2 is available to pre-order in standard, deluxe and ultimate editions across on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 consoles, Stadia, Steam, as well as for PC on Techland and Epic stores.
While the cloud version of the game was set to be released for Nintendo Switch on February 4 also, Dying Light 2’s Switch release date has now been pushed back until later in 2022.
Standard editions of Dying Light 2 include the game only, priced at £54.99, while the deluxe edition comes complete with access to a single story DLC, deluxe digital items including exclusive weapon charts, a legendary skins pack and a digital comic, artbook and soundtrack – with prices starting at £64.99 on pre-order.
Dying Light 2 Ultimate includes two story DLCs, set to become available in later months, all of the above and Ultimate digital items including crafting items and a two hour night xp boost, with prices starting at £87.99 on the PlayStation Store and £79.99 on Steam.
On release, Dying Light 2 Stay Human will be sold in stores and online at a price of £54.99 for the PS4 and Xbox One, and £59.99 on next-gen consoles like the PS5 and Xbox X|S.
Dying Light 2 review round-up
With Techland’s review embargo on Dying Light 2 now ended, streamers and reviewers are rushing to get their reviews of Stay Human online today (Thursday February 3) in advance of the game’s full launch on Friday.
Reviews so far are decidedly mixed, with many calling the game a disappointment given its vast open world ambitions.
The Guardian’s Keith Stuart is among those disappointed with Dying Light 2.
In his 2/5 star review of Stay Human, Stuart wrote: “This is a graphically impressive, professionally constructed world that desperately wants to give you stuff to do.
“So it’s a pity that the narrative core of the experience is as dead as its stumbling zombie hordes.”
Joseph Yaden of Inverse, however, described Dying Light 2 as “the most alive the zombie genre has felt in years” in his positive 7/10 review.
Praising Techland’s open world in Stay Human, Yaden said: “Many open-world games feel bloated with little innovation upon the core formula.
“Dying Light 2 delivers a more lived-in, dynamic world than your typical sprawling realm full of fetch quests.
“Sure, it’s got a map littered with quest markers, but thanks to the day/night cycle and inhabitants that roam freely, there’s an element of realism that’s more surprisingly immersive.”
The Video Game Chronicle’s Jordan Middler gave the game 3/5 stars, with VGC’s Dying Light 2 review echoing others in saying that the game seemed to let down by succumbing to a zombie-obsessed narrative.
“Dying Light 2: Stay Human feels like it lost its direction somewhere along the way,” Middler writes.
“It begins as an interesting zombie game wherein the threat feels tangible, your character feels weak, and the world feels primed for a dynamic story.
“However, the further you get into the game, a lot of its early ideas feel sidelined for a generic zombie plot, uninspiring combat, and the absence of any kind of danger.”
IGN’s Travis Northup gave Dying Light 2 a rating of 7/10 in his review, saying that the parkour elements of the game helped to offer a worthy gaming experience, but were let down by bugs.
“Another in a long series of big, ambitious games whose potential greatness is visible just beneath a grimey layer of bugs,” Northup said, “Dying Light 2 Stay Human could very likely become the stellar zombie survival adventure it’s meant to be someday.”
Techland has previously warned users with early access to copies of the game to hold off on playing until the game is fully launched on Friday.
“Fellow survivors, we see that some of you got an access to the retail copies of Dying Light 2 before the release date (it’s this Friday, only 3 days left!),” tweeted @DyingLightGame.
“We understand you want to start exploring the City ASAP and we couldn’t be happier!”
They added in a second tweet: “That being said, we kindly ask you to wait until Feb 4th as by that time you’ll also get access to all improvements and fixes we’ve implemented within last weeks and will introduce with the day 1 patch.
“That’s the way to experience Dying Light 2 the way it’s meant to be played.”
So far, the bulk of reviews from games journalists have given Dying Light 2 a 3-3.5/5 or 7/10 rating.
Dying Light 2 post-launch roadmap
On Wednesday January 26, Techland delighted fans eagerly awaiting the release of Dying Light 2 with the reveal of its DLC roadmap – and when players can expect additional downloadable content and stories to arrive.
The developer studio has revealed that customers can expect additions to the game in the form of new DLCs, stories, challenges and more for at least five years after launch.
Factions-inspired free DLCs are due to arrive either with or shortly after Dying Light 2’s launch in February, with a first set of challenges arriving soon after in March 2022.
A mutated infected event series will begin in April 2022, with a second set of challenges arriving in May.
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this article. We’re more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.
If you haven’t already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.