Open-World Zombie Game, Dying Light, Launching Earlier Than Expected

Techland's "action survival game" launching January 27.

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Polish developer Techland (Dead Island) announced today that its open-world zombie game, Dying Light, will be released on January 27 in North America, January 28 in Australia and New Zealand, and January 30 in Europe and Asia. That's slightly ahead of schedule, as the game was previously pegged to launch sometime in February 2015.

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Originally, however, the game was scheduled to arrive this fall. When it's released, Dying Light will be available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Dying Light is available for preorder today, and doing so gets you a mode called Be the Zombie. In this mode, you play as a special breed of extra-deadly zombie called the Night Hunter that is super fast and agile. Your task is to seek out and kill human players.

In addition to Dying Light, Techland is working on hack-and-slash game Hellraid. For more on Dying Light, check out GameSpot's previous coverage. If you're more into Techland's Dead Island series, there are multiple new games in that series in development, though none of them are being made by Techland.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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Too bad they canceled the 360 version (not upgrading to PS4 or XB1 till there's a game out thats worth upgrading for). Whelp, its all good it looked too much like Dead Island anyway and I hated Dead Island.

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I hope this has co op!!

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Can't wait to play this game but I'm pretty sure they moved it forward because they don't want to compete in sales with The Order 1886 or The Witcher 3. Either way it's good news.

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Damn, I love horror games.

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Sounds great. I was hyped to this game a lot..

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That grappling hook is a little far fetched don't you think, I mean I'm all for the natural movement and all but come on that's up there with flinging a car at a helicopter in die hard.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If you don't like it, don't buy.

I can't believe the things that people complain about....

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I know it's freaking fictional video game, name 1 action, adventure or horror game that isn't far fetched lol.

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Yay. Looks neat..... been following for a while. Despite the fact that people like to hafe on them now, i still love Dead Island and am grabbing riptide next time i buy anything. First game that made FPS meled combat actually feel...... right. The gameplay vids of Dying Light..... can't wait to throw on my surround sound headphones and do some parkour zombie killing goodness.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>Same I loved Dead Island and Riptide I dunno for some reason I just never got bored of hacking zombies and saving people this Dying Light is going to be sweeeet

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The "earlier than expected" release date better not be a push just to get the game out of the door before it's polished, just to satisfy some overly vocal stockholders.

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The self promotion is way too high for me to believe on it all, just let me play it and we'll see.
That zombie thing is starting to get pretty annoying. To be different, well...need to go harder.

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Mirrors Edge and Dead Island had a love child I'm in

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I still want another mirrors edge though, this will have to suffice till then

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Exactly.

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You know, there is a reason why Assassin's Creed is in third person, right?

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would have liked this to be 3rd person

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Someone will probably make a mod for 3rd person ^^

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Need to update article... it's not coming out for PS3 and X360...

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I don't care about this game...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> inb4 "But you clicked on this article to say so" comment.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I wanted to say that xD

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I do!

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I'm glad they scrapped the ps3 and 360 versions, the game will be better for it

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point and shoot zombie game? I'll pass, thanks.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Where are you getting that from? Go watch the videos. If you wanna talk about point and shoot zombies, look at CoD.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Who said it was point an shoot? Ignorance is bliss..

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Wasn't it recently announced the old gen versions were cancelled? Or do I have my games mixed up?

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Wow, comparing the game to the greats (Wolf 3D, etc.). I hope they are right! This game looks awesome so far.

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That Zombie mode would be cool... if you could just pop in to random peoples games :)

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Since it's a WB game, I'm waiting for pre-launch-DLC to be announced.

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Lol. It's like Assassins Creed and Dead Island had a baby. I'm looking forward to it.

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I hope this game wont have bugs

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They are releasing it earlier to prevent a collision with the terrible looking Dead Island 2. Which comes out in Spring

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Bro Dead Island 2 will be great, just like the last 2 games. Dying Light will also be great. Grow up.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That might be true, if Dead Island 2 wasn't being made by a different developer and publisher than Dying Light...

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I don't think you got what Garm31 was trying to say.

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i am geting confussed with the many zombie games so far but i think this is the one in a clip the guy says

"i found a little girl she seems frightened"

worse voice acting ever

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Loved Mirror's Edge and I like zombie games so this has the potential to be great.

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this arcade "killing" of zombies and people just turns my stomach .... I bet you will start to hear slot machine sounds when u cut 10 people's heads with one knife strike ding ding ding RAMPAGE then u can ninja flip over a fence and do a combo in mid air.... juvenile defecation at its finest ....

then u can sleep with random ho-oker and call it a day : /

this game lacks taste ... its not survival horror... the melee attacks are science fiction to say the least (even undead necks are not made from noddles) the protagonist movements are SUPER HUMAN, no one can jump and fight and run that good for that long, I almost mistook the game for spider man tbh

also the bat radar thing u get at night just kills what ever little atmosphere the game even had

this will be a boring game filled with repetitive quests ... eventually even killing zombies will get tiresome

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@vadagar1 Yes I do believe is located at a different IP. You must have gone to the wrong site. Get out.

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@vadagar1 You sound like you are overly uptight about the game because it lacks artistic taste. If you want artistic taste I suggest Bravely Default or Killer7.

Seriously man, it sounds like you've got a stick up your ass or you are a 20 year old hipster......and this is coming from a 30 year old. :\

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Yesssss been waiting for this :D

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i enjoyed mirror's edge and the dead islands so im gonna love this for sure