Dying Light 2 is one of the more unjustly overlooked games on the horizon. Techland’s upcoming open-world zombie sequel looks great, and introduces new depth via factions, which will change the game’s city in major ways depending on who you back. In a new interview with PCGamesN, Dying Light 2 lead designer Tymon Smektala provided some new details about the game’s warring groups, specifically the “wildcard factions” that are waiting to throw a wrench into your plans…
“In the world of Dying Light 2 you have a few main factions. The Peacekeepers, the Scavengers, and a few more. But there are also smaller groups like the Untainted that can have an impact on the flow of the story to some extent – they’re like wildcards in the story, something unexpected.
For example, the Peacekeepers and the Scavengers are fighting for an abandoned swimming pool because it’s a great place for an outpost. The Peacekeepers want to create a training ground there […], while the Scavengers want to start growing plants that they can use to produce fuel. The Untainted believe that the way to salvation, the way to solve the problems of the world, is to grow plants that can be used to create drugs. The drugs have different uses but some of them are powerful stimulants that change how you behave in combat. […] [But] it’s not only you that has access to these powerful stimulants, [it’s] also the general population of the city.”
Wildcard factions will only pop up in certain areas and aren’t quite as developed as the other groups, but, as described above, they can have a major lasting impact on your game. In other news, Smektala confirms vehicles will be in Dying Light 2 (vehicles weren’t really a thing in the original Dying Light until The Following expansion came out)…
“You’ll get to drive vehicles in Dying Light 2. But first you need to introduce them to the world by helping the Scavengers with the production of fuel. I’d rather not say too much, but you’ll find space to drive those vehicles. […] You’ll probably find even more places to drive them as we support the game after release.”
Want to know more about Dying Light 2? I got a chance to interview the developers at E3, where we discussed the game’s city, story, “parkour puzzles,” and more! Check out the interview here.
Dying Light is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The game doesn’t yet have a release date, but it’s expected to arrive sometime this year.