Dying Light 2 Developer Techland says it’ll take “at least 500 hours” to finish everything in its upcoming zombie action game, or 70 to 80 hours “if you’re not in a rush.”
That’s a little over 20 days with Dying Light 2, and no matter how you slice it, it’s a lot of time to dedicate to anything. Techland’s original Twitter post noted that’s “to fully complete Dying Light 2 Stay Human,” and clarified again in a follow-up that’s for anyone chasing a “100% completion rate.” For comparison, HowLongToBeat user polls average around 93 hours for a leisurely, completionist run of the first, or a little over 100 hours after factoring in DLC.
Note: It's about 100% completion rate, most of the players who are in for story and side quests will be able to complete the game quicker, it will still be a solid experience though!
— Dying Light (@DyingLightGame) January 8, 2022
The Tweet itself is a little jarring, but other open-world games are long as hell, too. Recent releases like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla immediately come to mind as the Viking RPG has plenty of pieces mentioning the game’s length as a struggle or a welcomed surprise. The Witcher, Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, and others frequently reignite the same debate around game length, which seems more par for the course with the genre, but it’s probably fair to count 500 among the extremes, even in completionist runs.
Those longer estimates aren’t for most of us, and Techland acknowledges as much, and notes you’ll average around 70 or 80 hours for finishing the main story and tidying up side quests. The number seems to have confused some folks across social media, but it (kind of) lines up with other vague estimates. Speaking to WCCFTech about the story, lead game designer Tymon Smektała said “rushing it” takes around 20 hours, “but to see it all, you’d have to spend 2-3 times more time than that.” Sony Santa Monica writer Alanah Pearce also mentioned she was told told “the main campaign would take 20-30 for most players” a few months ago.
I reckon the “it all” bit Smektała references is the meat of the game, so your other 400 hours of tasks are the big question mark. Multiple playthroughs, collectibles, and all of those other goodies easily make the rest of that math workout.
As for me, I’m happy to report Dying Light 2 will take me a whopping three-ish or so hours to “complete,” just like the original. I actually really dug playing it, but most first-person games make me violently ill, and Dying Light’s parkour doesn’t play nice if you’re someone who easily experiences motion sickness. So whether you’re hopping from building to building for 50 hours or 500 hours, I’ll be bitterly watching from the side with a Dramamine.