After stumbling a little at launch due to production delays and late delivery of review copies, Dying Light made a quick recovery in reputation after players began discovering unique Easter Eggs that added a unique twist to the game. It also helped that the game worked extremely well at launch, succeeding where many recent games have failed.
The positivity didn't last after mod support for the game was revoked due to copyright claim issues, but Techland smoothed that over quickly, saying that the copyright claims were a mistake. Either way, few would argue that Dying Light could use a little boost, and it appears Techland producer Tymon Smektala may be trying to get it.
Smektala announced today that Dying Light would be receiving a free content update next month that will feature a new Hard Mode. The new mode will increase the game's difficulty at night and offer stronger enemies while limiting supplies. Smektala offered his perspective on why Techland will be offering the new mode:
"A few gamers have already finished Dying Light and are asking for more. So we're going to give our community a new challenge that will put everything they learnt in the game to the test. Hard Mode is exactly that."
While many players are still working their way through the game on its normal difficulty, many others have already finished the game – one player even completed it without using any weapons. The new Hard Mode may effectively keep veteran players interested in the game as Techland prepares to release DLC content in March and May.
The timing of a Hard Mode release may prove to be a successful move for Techland, as players experience a short lull in major game releases. Aside from Evolve releasing this week, there are only a handful of highly-anticipated triple-A titles releasing in the coming months. By giving players a reason to replay Dying Light, Techland may be able to hold on to a large majority of their player base through the end of the announced DLC schedule. This is especially important for Techland since Dying Light doesn't currently offer a traditional multiplayer mode, which means many players will beat Dying Light and move on to other games.
Our hope is Techland will provide new weapons or equipment with the Hard Mode to enhance players' experience, though it's likely the new mode will just be a tougher version of the current game. What we'd really love to see is a new round of Easter Eggs to discover.
What do you think of this announcement? Will you give the Dying Light Hard Mode a try? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Dying Light is out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.