After many high-profile titles, Techland is sadly joining the delay party with Dying Light 2. The highly-anticipated sequel to one of the best zombie games of the generation will not make its originally projected window of Spring 2020. In fact, the developer has not shared a new release date at all.
Here's the Dying Light 2 Development Update. pic.twitter.com/CKMkAe2eD7
— Dying Light (@DyingLightGame) January 20, 2020
In 2015, the zombie genre became thoroughly worn out. With the undead seemingly reaching a breaking point of unimaginative appearances in games, there was little hope that Polish developer Techland would make an impression with Dying Light. The spiritual successor to Dead Island blew away both gamers and critics however with its great blend of first-person parkour movement and brilliant open-world. Techland improved on pretty much every aspect of their first try and delivered a must-play game.
We were initially aiming for a Spring 2020 release with Dying Light 2, but unfortunately we need more development time to fulfill our vision. We will have more details to share in the coming months, and will get back to you as soon as we have more information. We apologize for this unwelcome news. Our priority is to deliver an experience that lives up to our own high standards and to the expectations of you, our fans.
Naturally, the announcement of a direct sequel in Dying Light 2 was met with insane amounts of excitement. After all, with the inclusion of legendary game writer Chris Avellone, the last weak portion of Techland, the narrative, was going to be solved as well. And gamers knew that the developer knew how to create a finely crafted zombie game.
Dying Light 2 was supposed to come out very soon, this Spring, but now we sadly know better. Techland has shared the difficult news via social network and while it’s ultimately good to take the extra time to polish and improve, it still stings. Not the least, since Dying Light 2 is the latest in a string of big games that were delayed. Cyberpunk 2077, Final Fantasy VII Remake and Doom Eternal all couldn’t meet their release dates and were postponed by weeks or months.