Dying Light just got the mother of all updates, so I know what I’m playing this weekend

The sun has finally set on Harran with the release of the latest Dying Light update this week. But thanks to the slew of free content, it’s climbed to the top of my list of games to play this weekend.

Dying Light was released in 2015 and its parkouring action sets it apart from the multitude of other games in the genre. I’m a huge fan of zombies, so coming from the back of Dead Island, I was looking forward to another shot of undead goodness. And Techland delivered.

The studio continued to support the game with a steady stream of post-launch content, and did the same with Dying Light 2. In March, Dying Light got a free next-gen upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X | S. And this latest awesome update brings an expansion pack and four DLCs for free to base game owners.

Promotional image for Dying Light's final update featuring an expansion pack and four DLCs

(Image credit: techland)

What’s included in the free Dying Light update?

I got through the base game fairly quickly; which is a miracle considering I’m easily distracted and have a mountain of unfinished tracks. It doesn’t have the most heartbreaking plot, but damn is it fun to wander around town, pick up loot, and slay zombies. And when night falls, it turns into a horror festival.

I never got around to picking up the DLC or the expansion because I had moved on by then. And jumping back into a game every time an update drops isn’t something I do. So this free upgrade to Dying Light Enhanced Edition is just the thing to justify taking the plunge again.

Techland detailed the final update this week, but here’s what Dying Light Standard Edition owners will get – and it’s all free, remember:

  • The next extension
  • horde bozak
  • Kitchen and cargo
  • Ultimate Survivor Pack
  • Crash Test Skin Bundle

The Next expansion includes a new map, a new scenario and a new vehicle. All four DLC packs introduce a new game mode, as well as weapons, skins, and a sprinkling of other content.

Considering my game pool is depleted and I’m craving another dose of the undead, the freebies couldn’t have come at a better time. What if the sun shone for a change? Stepping into an upgraded Harran and playing with new weapons, as well as spinning the vehicles, sounds like a blast.

Hellraid is the only DLC missing from the list, but it’s a very different vibe to the main game. The mode sends you to a medieval castle, where you’ll battle hordes of skeletons. It looks fun but isn’t part of the main Dying Light experience, so you don’t miss anything too important.

Here is a summary of Dying Light! I’ve been waiting to pick up Dying Light 2, but I’m sure dipping my toe back into zombie-infested waters will soon change that.

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