Dying Light 2: Stay Human is finally here. After the long-awaited sequel was originally planned for 2020, it will be released on February 4, 2022, and as of now, nothing will delay its launch. However, Dying Light 2 developer Techland received quite a bit of backlash over the weekend for an entirely different reason. It takes 500 hours to uncover Dying Light 2.
The reveal has been phrased as something positive, and perhaps as an explanation of why the sequel to Dying Light took so long. However, many reacted badly to the reveal that players would have to sit with it for nearly three weeks to do absolutely anything in Dying Light 2. Or, as Techland put it, almost as long as it would take you to walk from Warsaw to Madrid.
Fast forward a few days and Techland saw your concern and responded to it. A follow-up tweet about the 500-hour bomb made it clear that the story of Dying Light 2 is much, much shorter. The main story of Stay Human will be around 20 hours, while the story plus any side quests will take you somewhere in the 80 hour region. A long time to go until the second, but something that will be scary for those who have to play a game for 500 hours to breathe a sigh of relief.
For those of you who are still interested in immersing 500 hours in Dying Light 2, Techland also sheds a little more light on what exactly you will be doing in those 20+ days. In addition to the story and side quests, the extra 420 hours are spent exploring every choice and alternative ending, hearing every line of dialogue, finding every collectible, and exploring every single corner of the map.
In an ideal world for Techland, everyone will end up playing Dying Light 2 for 500 hours. Of course that won’t happen. Only a very small percentage of what is likely to be a very large number of players will invest that much time in the game. Techland developers are aware of this and assure players that Dying Light 2 was designed with different play styles and preferences in mind. Play it for as long or as little as you like when it comes out on February 4th.
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