Dying Light 2’s latest patch, 1.3.0, has arrived and it brings the long-awaited New Game Plus mode to the game, along with many other changes and improvements.
From now on, after completing Dying Light 2, you can return to the game and start all over again “with modified game settings” which will make it a rewarding and different experience from the first game.
In the patch notes from the update’s developer, Techland, does not go into a huge amount of detail on exactly what players will see in New Game Plus, but it mentions new enemy behaviors, 30 new inhibitors, new platinum goals for parkour challenges, a new legendary weapon tier, hero encounters, and more. gold and enemy difficulty levels that adapt to the level of the player.
These changes and “many others” will, according to Techland, “significantly alter the style of play and allow the player to further develop their character.”
Along with New Game Plus, the patch notes also mention a number of changes to the game’s co-op mode, which should make it a smoother experience. These include general co-op performance improvements and fixing connection issues that players experienced when playing with those further along in the story.
There’s also a brand new quest called “Something Big Has Been Here”, which includes “special Goon elemental variants”, as well as a host of other bug fixes and game quality of life improvements in its whole.
Dying Light 2 was released in February this year on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PS4 and PC. In our opinionwe gave it four stars out of five, calling it “without a doubt one of the most ambitious zombie games ever made.”
Analysis: not the last
This New Game Plus release follows the reveal in late March that it was something that was “on the table” for the studio. While New Game Plus has certainly been a much-requested and long-awaited addition to Dying Light 2, it won’t be Techland’s last improvement.
Prior to the game’s release, the developer committed to five years of post-launch content that would include a mix of free and paid content, ranging from “new stories, locations, in-game events, and all the fun things you love. !”
As for what we can expect after that, Techland has already mentioned that a photo mode is “on the table”. We also know there’s a DLC story coming in June, with a second to follow on an unspecified date. The game’s lead designer, Tymon Smektała, stated that it takes place “on the fringes of the main events” of the game, rather than extending the narrative beyond the main game’s ending.
Not to mention the previously delayed Nintendo Switch launch which is still on the cards. This New Game Plus addition is sure to delight players who have completed or are about to complete the game before the DLC was released.