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Dead Island and its sequel, Riptide, are – despite being quite a bit of fun as a co-op diversion – fundamentally flawed games. It’s what made my hands-on time with developer Techland’s similarly themed follow-up Dying Light such a pleasant surprise. They’re promising it’ll be a proper. AAA experience this time around.

“You have to consider that Dead Island was our first open-world game so we had to learn some lessons the hard way,” producer Tymon Smektala told Eurogamer. “But our level design team has grown three-fold [since then], and the same can be said of our quality assurance team.

“We’ve really put a lot of resources into playtesting so we make sure this game is a AAA project. We really feel we need to prove to people that we have made a AAA game and we’re confident we’re doing it.”

Dying Light, they say, will be a much faster paced experience. aided by that Mirror’s Edge-like parkour level traversal. and it certainly is a better experience from what I’ve played. I honestly left my play session shaking from how intense it all was.

“Dying Light is a game that’s quite different to Dead Island,” Smektala said. . “It’s more mature and more serious. I think people will be surprised by our story to some extent, by our gameplay and how complex it is.

“When you put Dead Island’s gameplay mechanics on paper, it is a hack and slash game. Put Dying Light’s mechanics on a piece of paper and you’ll have to use all of that page to describe what the game’s all about and how it plays.”

The game has no real release date yet; it’s still listed for some time next year, though one of the developers told me it might only see light in 2015. Plus, it made me excited to play a zombie game again; and I’d sworn off the things.

Last Updated: September 30, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

20 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 30, 2013 at 15:03

    AAA experienc4e?

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 30, 2013 at 15:04

      indie spelling.

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    • Rincethis

      September 30, 2013 at 15:16

      Agreed, surely that should be AAAA experienc4e?

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      • Lara's John

        September 30, 2013 at 15:17

        In my experienc4e even some of the non-AAA games still gave me some AAA fun. Saying it’s AAA isn’t getting me much more excited.

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        • Rincethis

          September 30, 2013 at 15:20

          Agreed. All the experienc4es I’ve had with AAA ring the CoD bell so loud I actually resit, RESIST! Only through experienc4e can you RESIST!

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 30, 2013 at 15:19

        Are you not confusing 4A with 4X games?

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        • Rincethis

          September 30, 2013 at 15:20

          Mmm, not AAAA with 42K? Don’t really have much experienc4e in the matter.

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  2. Umar Jaeger

    September 30, 2013 at 15:12

    This is one of the games that is getting me excited for next gen

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  3. Lara's John

    September 30, 2013 at 15:15

    Dead Island sure is fun with a few people.

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  4. Rincethis

    September 30, 2013 at 15:16

    experienc4e this time around? You on the puff again Mr Geoff?

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  5. Hammersteyn

    September 30, 2013 at 15:16

    Dying Light? I thought for a second it was about Green Lantern, be it movies or games.

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  6. Rincethis

    September 30, 2013 at 15:31

    Actually am looking forward to this game, think it’s going to be epic.

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 30, 2013 at 15:33

      Time to start stocking up on ye ol’ man-diapers then eh Rince?

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      • Rincethis

        September 30, 2013 at 15:35

        You KNOW it man. Going to be bad enough having to watch OVG hide under a couch while I run around saving his ass…

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 30, 2013 at 15:37

          with man-diapers? O_o

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          • Rincethis

            September 30, 2013 at 15:39

            It is a distinct possibility. 0-O

        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 30, 2013 at 15:41

          REVIIIIIIIIIVE MEEEEEEEE

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          • Rincethis

            September 30, 2013 at 15:46

            HAHAHAHAHA! Indeed!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 30, 2013 at 15:47

            😉

  7. Seraphim

    October 1, 2013 at 09:25

    I’m kinda hoping that this will be on display at rAge.
    I’ve already begun preparing for disappointment though.

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