Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dying Light Enhanced Edition is coming to retail.

...on February 9th, 2016.

This is really nice to see.  Techland never really slowed down after the game's launch, immediately addressing bugs and getting straight to work on DLC in the shape of The Bozak Horde, Cuisine & Cargo and the Ultimate Survivor Bundle (which was just some new weapons and outfits).  Since about June, though, they've been talking up The Following - which adds huge new swaths of maps, dune buggies to jam through crowds of walking corpses in, and (they suggest) so much new content that it could in all rights be released as a stand-alone game.

They're not doing that, though.  First, they're upping the price of the DLC and Dying Light's season pass... on December 8th.  They're giving fans ample warning that, if you want to get The Following at its originally-announced price, you should buy it now, because by end of day Tuesday, the stand-alone DLC will go up five bucks to $20, and the season pass will go from $20 to $30.

But Techland's exceptional poise doesn't end there.  Regardless of whether or not you've bought the season pass or The Following, everyone who owns Dying Light will get a patch that essentially provides their game with all the titular enhancements of the Enhanced Edition.  Specifically...

  • Legend System
  • Nightmare Difficulty
  • Bounties System
  • New Parkour Moves
  • New Enemy Attacks & Behaviors
  • New NPC Models
  • Enhanced Facial Expressions
  • Improved Human Enemy AI
  • Improved Volatile AI
  • Greater Firearm Variety
  • HUD and Video Filter Customizations
  • Audio Upgrades
  • Console (PS4/Xbox One) Performance Upgrades
  • Overall Game Look and Feel Improvements
...and I'm all

because let's face it, Dying Light is in like the top-five console games of the year.  It's this year's Far Cry or inFamous.  

Remember a week or so ago, I wrote about picking up a copy of Bloodborne for a work friend who goes out and buys my recommendation every year? (I didn't want to just have him spend eighty bucks on Bloodborne only to discover it's too "hardcore" for him.)  Well yeah, it was too hardcore for him, and he said it was "blurry" (?!), so he gave it back like two days later and asked for my official 2015 recommendation. 

"Dying Light."

I doubt he'll wait for the Enhanced physical edition in February, but still.  

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