Dying Light Announced, Open-World, Free-Running Zombie Game from TechLand


Revealed today was the first of many new intellectual properties slated for release on next-generation consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Techland’s Dying Light – an open-world free-running zombie game with a focus on scavenging, survival, and a “portentous day-night cycle.”

That’s right baby – Mirror’s Edge with zombies.

In development by Techland (and most importantly, the team responsible for the development of the first Dead Island, not the recently released dud Dead Island: Riptide), the game plays in first-person, and has you running through an urban open-world filled to the brim with vicious undead, scavenging through abandoned supplies in an attempt at survival.


At least, that’s paraphrasing the game’s provided description. Thankfully, the in-game screenshots look both fascinatingly beautiful and potentially showcase a lot of free-running, zombie-bashing fun. Kotaku has a detailed description of how the game plays in-motion, and they seemed pretty impressed overall, so give their preview a read if you’re interested.

But what’s the real kicker for this game? Well, it’s got a Minecraft vibe going for it. As the game features a day-night cycle, players will have to plan their activities for both scenarios accordingly – as zombies become more vicious and powerful in the evening (as was the case with zombies appearing in the night in Minecraft).


“The next-gen technology allows us to create a truly dynamic open world that features a game-changing day-night cycle,” said Paweł Marchewka, CEO of Techland.

“Inventive free running mechanics also allow for nearly unrestricted exploration and weapon-crafting to further enhance the action survival experience.”

Dying Light is slated for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2014. We’ve already got some screenshots in for your perusing (as you may have noticed), so be sure to take a look and talk about them with us in the comments.

It might be more zombies, but at least it’s Mirror’s Edge with zombies.

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  1. Wait.. so now that it is next gen they can do a day night cycle.. what happened to all the other games on older consoles, and pc.. that have a day night cycle.. some that even have dramatic effects on what goes on in the game as well during the night.
    Sorry nitpicking, I just do not like it when the writer, or game dev, who ever it is that says stuff as if they have amnesia and suddenly their game is the first to do something it really is not.. ( or somehow it was magically not available to do, when it actually was.. )

    I am interested in the game as I love the idea and the screenshots.. my above thing is just a nitpick of mine sorry :P

  2. Awwwwww yeeeeaaahhhh.
    If this sucks I’m gonna be so sad.

  3. Really looking forward to this if they live up to making it perfect, I kinda hate dead island with the easy zombies, this looks like a challange, and oh…its looks 10x better than dead island Riptide. But, when is the ”zombies in every game” spree going to stop? xD bring back the nazi’s or something.

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