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Dying Light 2: Stay Human delayed again until February 2022

Techland confirmed today via Twitter that the upcoming Dying Light 2: Stay Human will have its release date pushed back to February next year.

 

The main protagonist of Dying Light 2 knocking a monster off a building

 

In a surprising twist, Techland just put out an announcement that they’re further delaying the upcoming Dying Light 2: Stay Human. According to the announcement, the game is ready and is currently being play tested, but the team feels like there’s more polishing and optimisation to be done.

 

 

It is not really surprising that Techland would want their game to be as perfect as possible, especially considering how CD Projekt Red handled the marketing and the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Techland, like CDPR, is a Polish gaming studio that made the first Dying Light, which has been a tremendous success. On the back of the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077, Techland could emerge as the next big gaming studio out of Poland…if they do Dying Light 2: Stay Human justice.

The Techland team have noted that Dying Light 2 is one of their biggest and most ambitious projects, so we welcome the delay for the polishing and optimisation of the game. Dying Light 2 has already been delayed a few times. A couple of years ago, December 2020 was an exciting time for all gamers, as we waited for both,Cyberpunk 2077 and Dying Light 2: Stay Human. Cyberpunk 2077 ended up being released, however Dying Light 2 was pushed back.

In an excellent and hilarious address to the fans regarding the previous delay back in March, the Dying Light 2 developers stated clearly that it will be ready when it’s ready. This sent a strong message to the fanbase that Techland will not do what CDPR did and release a buggy, broken and unplayable game.

 

The main protagonist of Dying Light 2 standing on a block overlooking a damaged city

 

While some might consider another delay a red flag, the response from the fanbase has been overwhelmingly positive on Twitter. Clearly, gamers are tired of being overpromised and underdelivered by the studios they’ve supported for years and are now more willing to wait. Equally, Techland’s pro-consumer, pro-gamer approach seems to be paying off and if Techland releases a full, complete and minimally buggy game, it will elevate them even more among the gaming community. It was this exact, pro-consumer, pro-gamer, anti-greed approach that made CDPR so beloved by the gaming community. It was also why it fell so far from grace when they assumed they could ride the gamers’ good will train all the way to the bank. It was a gamble, and they lost. Techland, we hope, are going to avoid this altogether, especially since they have such a clear example to reflect on of what happens when you take your fan base for granted.

So, when is the release date?

According to the announcement, the release date for Dying Light 2: Stay Human will be February 4th 2022, but this begs another question – should it be released in Q1 of 2022?

First quarter of 2022 will be incredible (and busy) for gaming as some of the most anticipated games are set to release in Q1. Here is a non-exhaustive list of games currently set to come out in the first three months of 2022 that may drown out the buzz around Dying Light 2:

  • Rainbow Six Extraction – January TBC, 2022
  • Horizon Forbidden West – February 18, 2022
  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen – February 22, 2022
  • Elden Ring – January 21, 2022
  • Ghosts– February 22, 2022
  • Sifu – February 22, 2022
  • Saints Row– February 25, 2022
  • Blood Bowl 3 – February TBC, 2022
  • Hiro's Escape – February TBC, 2022
  • Gran Turismo 7 – March 4, 2022
  • Tiny Tina's Wonderlands – March 25, 2022

Though it is probably smart to release Dying Light 2 before Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, the Saints Row remake and Horizon: Forbidden West, there is already a lot of buzz around the upcoming games.

Let us hope Dying Light 2: Stay Human sets itself apart from the rest with the incredible story, exciting combat, parkour and crafting we’ve grown to love from the first game, and a very polished game.

Check out the most recent gameplay trailer.