Dying Light Getting Enhanced Edition; Upgrades Free for Existing Players

Improved graphics and AI, a new difficulty mode, and more.

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Techland today announced plans to release an improved version of Dying Light next year in the form of an Enhanced Edition, though it'll also be offering these improvements for free to those with the existing game.

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Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition consists of an "enhanced" version of the base game, the new expansion pack The Following, and every DLC and content update released to date. That includes the Bozak Horde and Be the Zombie modes, as well as the Cuisine & Cargo challenge missions and Ultimate Survivor Bundle.

In terms of enhancements, the trailer above briefly highlights some of them--better graphics and enemy AI, new parkour moves, and so on. Many of them are vague-sounding, like "audio upgrades" and "gameplay quality improvements," and as such it remains unclear how meaningful the changes will be. But Techland is playing up the fact that this isn't "another Game of the Year Edition," so it's clearly trying to set expectations high.

"We didn't want to follow a beaten track and just re-release our game in a new wrapping with the current DLC added on," lead game designer Maciej Binkowski said in a statement. "That's why for the last half year we've been working on a ton of enhancements that we're now going to make available to everyone. We're adding bonus post-game content, a Nightmare difficulty level, nearly 100 new animations, new NPC models, advanced AI behaviors, and more. One year after the original release, Dying Light will be even bigger."

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Enhanced Edition will be released digitally and at retail on February 6, 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC for $60. The Following will also be released on the same day as a standalone download for those that have the original version. Those players will also receive all of the aforementioned enhancements free of charge.

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TJ_l33t

well full game with "enhancements" and DLCs up to now and the next expansion pack? also single player AND MP so not bad for 60 mind you.

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jarobusa

The question is: should I wait to buy it?

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jose_consuela

@jarobusa: if you don't have it yet, you might as well wait?

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Stoney29z

Awesome that us who already own it get the upgraded version free. Will be replaying it as soon as it comes out.

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pharoe777

Loved this game, even more fun in co-op, can't wait to fire it up again ! This game has a high fun factor, must play if you haven't yet.

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ughz

Well this is totally unnecessary, both graphics and AI were fine. I'll take it though. Maybe it will get me to do a third playthrough. Could you though add in an alternate way to get the bow, or make the bow less shitty, to apologize for what a bullshit waste of time and money Bozak Horde was?

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LoganGTA5

@ughz: Graphical improvements are never unnecessary.

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ughz

@logangta5: Ehhhhhhh maybe.

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baszzer

Is the "Better Story and Writing" feature enhancement confirmed?

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advocacy

Still $60? No price drop for a year old game? Shadow of Morder had a price drop.

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ughz

@advocacy: The game has been 30 dollars for like, ever.

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Hayden_Campbell

@advocacy: It is getting a price drop. It will be a year old at the end of January. When the Enhanced Edition comes out in February it will include the game and season pass and be priced at $60. While they don't mention a price drop for the basic game. I doubt very much they will still sell the old base game only at $60

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TheNinjaGuyDon

All these gaming companies around the world and only two Polish studios get it (Techland and CDPR) keep EA and others out of Poland.

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DeusVex

I dont buy day 1 enhanced versions. Gonna hold out for the super enhanced limited collectors box set that comes with a coupon for a free pizza.

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Hayden_Campbell

@deusvex: Only if the pizza comes in a box with this on it http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=392800859

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DEVILTAZ35

It is becoming a decent growing trend. I don't own this game or have any interest to but it's good to see devs standing behind their product all the same.

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gorillazzero

the only way I'm gonna buy this game is if they make third person Mode for this game it would have looked way better in TPS while he jumps and runs on rooftops and buildings and stuff

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DeusVex

@gorillazzero: Thats like saying you won't buy mirrors edge or call of duty unless they create a 3rd person mode. The game is first person. It is what it is....

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Gbullet

"Enhanced Edition will be released digitally and at retail on February 6, 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC for $60. The Following will also be released on the same day as a standalone download for those that have the original version. Those players will also receive all of the aforementioned enhancements free of charge."

So it´s 60 dollars if you don´t own the game.

But if you do own the game it is free?

So who is going to buy the 60 dollars edition instead of buying the 15 dollar "old" version and getting the free updates?

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IAmMcGruber

@Gbullet: The following and dlc is not free for anyone, I think they just mean the enhancements will be a free patch (like better graphics, audio, parkour etc.)

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DEVILTAZ35

@Gbullet: I guess that will stop being sold when the update is available :)

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Vojtass

I'm really glad that Techland got a lot of money from DL after Deep Silver fvck-up.

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Merwanor

Great Co-op game, me and a friend had a lot of fun with it. Never finished though, got to pick up where we left off when this comes out. The new map looks really fun.

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Fine_TableLamp

So just buy a cheap copy of the original and get all the ehanced stuff for free right? why spend $60

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Gunmaster51

@Fine_TableLamp: The enhanced stuff just applies to gameplay improvements. If you own the base game, you still have to pay for the DLC content like The Following and the Bozak Horde. The $60 complete edition will have the gameplay enhancements and the DLC content.

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davidsworld3

I stopped playing this game a long time ago, I rather they just make a new much improved game if it has to be about zombies do a better story and well everything else. This felt more like batman how you zip around. Plus it wasn't scary at all was a mindless shooter/slasher.

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blueinheaven

I haven't played this game yet but I really want to. Currently still playing Fallout 4. I can't see though how much they can improve graphics on the PS4 as an i.e. without making compromises.

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Nazgarmar

You know, Techland has been climbing up for a while now on my Game Devs I Like list. From supporting the game overall (from mod tools on PC, to making actual expansions and then giving away enhancements for free now), to that little shot they fired at Red Bull with the whole drinking a glass of water thing...Keep up the good work, Techland, you are on the right track :D

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dimpoblimpo

@nazgarmar: couldn't agree more, so nice to see companies do this kind of thing. Played the hell out of this game at a friends house but with this rerelease I'll have zero problem buying my own copy for PC.

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DannyDouble

Dying Light: Finished edition

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ughz

@dannydouble: The game was never unfinished.

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boogie25

People you dont get expansion for free only the so called enhancements if you own base game. The only way the following is included is if you have season pass. Otherwise you have to buy it. Go to dying light site and look:

http://dyinglightgame.com/dl-enhanced-edition

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KingOfPotatoes

* Doesn't read article *

* comments based off an assumption from the articles title *

* looks likes dumb*** *

.. This sums up a fair amount of people who comment on gamespots articles.

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DannyDouble

@kingofpotatoes: you actually read them before sharing your opinion? Wow what a nerd

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UrbanMessiah

See, Undead Labs? This is how you release an enhanced edition...don't try and sell the entire goddamn game again to people that already own it, but rather give the updated enhanced features to them for free as a thank you for buying your game early on and not letting it flop.

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JonExotic

Two thumb up!

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Nadsat-77

Did i read that right? They are going to give a full expansion for free??

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boogie25

@nadsat-77: no still have to pay for expansion, not if you have season pass then its included. Season pass cost 20 until december 8 after that it go up to around 30. You get the "enhancements" for free if you own the base game (new difficulty, models,animation etc as mentioned in article).

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GamerX500

This is how you win consumers. Thanks Techland, this definitely makes me want to support your game(s).

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DAOWAce

Well, the trend of trying to get double the money from people for releasing an 'enhanced' edition continues.

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hughesyboozy

@DAOWAce: Did you not read it? It's a (FREE) upgrade. People should really read the articles before commenting...

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DAOWAce

@hughesyboozy: I read the first part of the first paragraph, then continued on down and skimmed the rest.

So, yes and no; I read, but I didn't read the 'free' part. Thanks for informing me it's actually free to prior customers; less scummy than I thought.

Still, re-releasing 'enhanced' versions of games is becoming the norm for trying to score more income, since it acts like a brand new release for the same game all over again.

Could be worse.. could be DkS2: SotFS.

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wjveryzer

People cant read huh! The game comes with the quasi sequel the following which is bigger than the base game. So basically if you dont have the game, you get an enhanced version of the base game,all dlc plus the following which I think is a damn good deal.

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XenomorphAlien

The game was great. Can't wait.

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alien33

It's nice that the update is free for existing users. It's rare to see companies doing that these days.

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Aiden_Kasel

Thats great for those who didn't play it, but this game doesn't have reply value for me so it sucks for me that they're not shifting focus to the next Dying Light game, I liked the first one a lot.

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wjveryzer

@aiden_kasel: Did you read? Its is bundled with the following which is bigger than the base game itself.