The next-gen buzz may have shifted away from Dying Light since it was unveiled to the world during E3 2013. But as one of the most stunning games seemingly designed to act as a technical showpiece for next-gen systems and PCs alike, Techland isn’t letting the gaming world forget about its zombie survival title completely.
To make sure, the studio has unleashed a new cinematic trailer hinting at the larger themes at play. The zombie threat may be the most obvious threat facing players, but not every danger a zombie apocalypse brings can be escaped by leaping over buildings and climbing drainpipes. As the new ‘Humanity’ trailer hints, those left alive can be just as dangerous as the undead.
A compelling cinematic trailer for a Techland game is nothing new, as the stunning announcement trailer for Dead Island turned heads well beyond the gaming crowd. Ultimately though, the studio took criticism over the fact that the emotional, heart-wrenching trailer shared little in common with the actual game. In the case of Dying Light, the same criticism can’t quite be levelled.
The first cinematic trailer for Dying Light kept the high-concept storytelling to a minimum, instead emphasizing what players will need to do once dropped into the zombie-infested world of the game. In short: run. And with every bit of gameplay footage, that fact is reiterated time and again, especially when the sun has set. Picking one’s way through a horde of zombies isn’t too hard for a hero as acrobatic and nimble as Techland’s, but when darkness falls, the real terror arrives.
The new trailer turns attention not to the rotting corpses out to bite players to death, but the threat of the other survivors. During our E3 walkthrough, the developers spoke at length about the need to outwit and avoid the armed gangsters who have taken authority over the quarantined city, seeking to claim every bit of supplies, food and medication that is airdropped in. The larger plot is still being kept under wraps, but as this trailer implies, the most troubling or disturbing aspects of the game may focus more on the depths of human depravity, not the all-too-familiar genre of zombie carnage.
What are you hoping for from Dying Light? Is it the graphics, the open world traversal, or the darker themes that has gotten your attention thus far? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Dying Light will be released March 31, 2014 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.
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