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Dying Light has more players than its sequel, but dev says that’s okay

There are a couple of staple zombie games that introduced me to the gory, bloody world of ‘shoot heads, ask questions later.’ Of course, there’s Left 4 Dead, but personally, the unique Dying Light was a bit of more up my alley. As the lone gamer in my class, the single-player aspect appealed to me greater than L4D’s multiplayer, so I spent most of my time stalking the infected through the streets of Harran as a substitute of teaming up with pals to slay witches.

So, when Dying Light 2 got here around, I used to be excited to relive those head-bashing, gore-splashing memories. Due to the shortage of firearms at launch, though, I discovered myself diving back into the OG zombie game as a substitute of dropping into Villedor with my makeshift axe in hand.

And it seems I’m not alone. Before the launch of the Dying Light 2 Reloaded Edition on Thursday February 22, the unique Dying Light has consistently maintained a better Steam player count than its sequel, holding stable at between 4,000 and 5,000 average players versus DL2’s far more variable 3,000 to 4,000 (there’s a considerable spike in June 2023 at 5,893, likely a results of the massive parkour update).

With the Reloaded Edition marking the second anniversary of DL2, I ask franchise director Tymon Smektała whether or not Dying Light 1 having more players than Dying Light 2 bothers him.

“Dying Light 1 is a fantastic game filled with eight years of content that you may currently buy at a low price. It’s hard to beat that!” he tells me. “But yes, we’re pleased with running each games in tandem as they each serve a unique purpose.

“The first game is a fantastic entry point into the world of Dying Light and we see numerous players who convert into the sequel which remains to be our premium offering.”

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Fewer players may imply that Dying Light 2 hasn’t managed to live as much as its predecessor, but Smektała assures us that isn’t the case – although he admits that there have been “highs and lows” for the team.

“[Dying Light 2] became profitable inside its first weekend and continues to perform thoroughly, however the industrial performance just isn’t as necessary because the acceptance of our community,” he says.

“Even though at launch we realized that a few of the daring design decisions we’ve made didn’t hit the bullseye, we managed to enhance all of our mechanics and add all the requested features to prove to players that Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a serious contender.

“It’s true there have been highs and lows on this journey, but we’re in a great place and prepared for the truly exciting way forward for the sport. Come to think about it, even the proven fact that we’re still discussing Dying Light 2 Stay Human two years after the discharge is proof of the sport’s longevity.”

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And it’s true that, despite the turbulence that’s come to define the post-COVID gaming landscape, Dying Light 2 has persevered. I’ve written countless articles on it over the past couple of years (my personal favorite being the Vampire: The Masquerade collab), and each time latest content crosses my desk I can’t help but smile – it was, in spite of everything, my first big review on this industry.

If the Reloaded Edition has you intrigued, we chatted to Smektała about what to anticipate from it, so make sure to take a look at our exclusive interview. We even have a rundown of all the very best parkour games in case you’re on the lookout for something latest, in addition to a listing of all the very best horror games if it’s the adrenaline that gets you going.

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