‘Dying Light’ Tech Demo Reveals New Environments

By | 3 years ago 

With the launch of next-gen consoles upon us, one might think that there was no better time to tout the potent graphics and game worlds of games specifically developed for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – Dying Light chief among them. After seeing the open world survival horror adventure (and playing it for ourselves) at E3 2013, Techland‘s next zombie title quickly became one of the most promising next-gen titles around.

Yet Dying Light news has been hard to come by since then. So fans will be glad to see that the latest tech video, while brief, gives a closer look at the next-gen lighting engine bringing added realism to the game’s setting.

The graphical prowess of Dying Light has been evident to anyone who has seen the extensive gameplay demo previously released, but the new video’s focus on lighting is an area gamers can expect to see heavily emphasized on next-gen consoles. The lighting has to be seen in action to truly be appreciated, but with the tropical blend of vegetation and South American favelas populating much of the game world, the dynamic shadows are hard to miss.

It was certainly one of the most impressive features that we took away from our hands-on sessions, and one that publisher Warner Bros. claims is only possible on next-0gen hardware.

With the next generation of consoles upon us, Techland harnessed the added power to develop a physically based lighting system using its in-house Chrome Engine 6. This allows them to not only create realistic lighting and shadows in the game world but more importantly make the game world more authentic and immersive.

With the muscle of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Techland is delivering a truly next-gen experience on full display in the newest trailer.

Dying Light Pax 2013 Screen - Grenade

Exactly what those claims mean for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions apparently in development remains to be seen, but the game’s next-gen versions are ones to look forward to. However, the press release does confirm that Dying Light is designed to be a 4-player cooperative survival experience, challenging players to gather resources and survive in the tropical remnants of a bustling metropolis (when you’re not trying to kill one another, of course).

But the video also shows what kinds of variety players can expect in the game’s environments as well, shifting from the poorer areas of the city of Harran to the more impressive structures and squares of ‘Old Town.’ Story details are still being kept under total secrecy, so what events will propel the player(s) throughout the city are still a mystery. But the video seems to promise that whatever next-gen games may be released in the coming months, Dying Light remains one of the most visually impressive titles currently in production.

What do you think of the game’s graphical power? Is this one game you’re looking forward to on next-gen, or are you waiting to see a bit more of the mechanics and story at work? Sound off in the comments.


Dying Light will be released in 2014 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.

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