Despite developing games since 1998, it was only during the previous console generation that Techland became a company to watch. Call of Juarez, released for the Xbox 360 and PC, put them in front of the general public but it wasn't until 2011's Dead Island, available for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, that Techland became one of this generation's premier developers. With two strong releases already this year with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and Dead Island: Riptide, Techland is ready to leave the previous console generation behind and focus on the PlayStation 4 with the recently announced Dying Light.
At first glance, Dying Light has a lot in common with Techland's other franchise, Dead Island. Both games use a first-person camera, both games have a focus on melee weapons and both games feature zombies as the main antagonist. Dying Light is set in the remote jungle of South America, similar to Dead Island's tropical paradise settings, while enabling you to create slightly unrealistic weapons such as electrified machetes. Dying Light will also feature special zombies that require a different approach to defeat along with online cooperative play.
So far, it all sounds pretty familiar, right? Why not just call the game Dead Island? To answer your question, we'll need to take a look at what Dying Light does differently from Techland's other zombie franchise.
• Dying Light has a day / night cycle which, while Dead Island: Riptide features the same mechanic, Techland is calling this feature “game-changing” and only possible due to the power of the PS4. How this feature differs from Dead Island: Riptide we'll have to wait and see.
• The game will feature parkour, similar to Mirror's Edge, enabling your character to jump and slide over obstacles with ease.
• The game will feature randomly generated side quests, giving each player a unique experience even though the main quests will be the same.
• Zombies will change at night and become stronger. Your best bet against the horrors at night is to run and hide instead of fight, making the game part action and part survival horror.
• The main character is infected, giving him the ability to sense when special zombies are near.
• The story will be driven by choice, with the player deciding the outcome of the game.
The CEO of Techland made an official statement about how the game is fully utilizing the power of the PS4:
“The next-gen technology allows us to create a truly dynamic open world that features a game-changing day-night cycle. Inventive free running mechanics also allow for nearly unrestricted exploration and weapon-crafting to further enhance the action survival experience.”
Zombie fans won't have to wait long to sink their teeth into this one, as Dying Light will be available on the PlayStation 4 in 2014. The crew at PS4 Experts will be sure to keep you aware of any changes or new additions to the game during the development process.
Game Category: Horror
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 5/27/2013