The fourth episode of developer Techland’s Dying 2 Know series revealed actor Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian, RENT, Sin City) will be portraying a new character in Dying Light 2 when it launches on February 4. We also got a closer look at this ambitious zombie game’s open-world and learned that French composer Olivier Derivière will be directing the soundtrack.
One of Dying Light 2’s biggest selling points since its announcement is the promise of a reactive open-world. Set in an original European metropolis called Villedor, players will need to contend with multiple human factions vying for control. Previously, Techland explained that helping out certain groups will impact The City differently such as opening up an entirely new district to visit.
For example, if you visit a power station and get the electricity going again, Villedor will light up at night and electrical traps will become available. This will also provide for UV protection from powerful infected like Volatiles. Players will also need to align with one of the various survivor groups, allowing you to determine who ultimately has more control. Techland is calling this “The City Alignment System” and it can have some major consequences for how Dying Light 2’s world unfolds.
This means siding with one group will not only impact the game’s story but specific structures and NPCs will become accessible. Each faction may build something different, such as the Survivors building a school or the more militaristic Peacekeepers constructing an outpost with a merchant you can purchase items from. New quests will also open up depending on which side you choose, so it’s a game that demands multiple playthroughs if you want to experience literally everything it has to offer.
Of course, the big reveal is Dying Light 2′s latest character, Lawan. Portrayed by Rosario Dawson, Lawan is a character seeking revenge against an unknown group of people. Similar to the city, the player’s actions will shape your relationship with Lawan and how her story unfolds. Techland teased that she can become both an ally or an enemy depending on your choices. We will also go on quests with her, but Techland was unsurprisingly quiet about any details.
Dying Light 2 is scheduled to release on February 4, 2022, for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox One X.