Dying Light isn’t that far from releasing, in fact it’s just over a months time until Techland’s horror game shuffles onto PS4, Xbox One and PC.
One of the team over at Techland recently took some time out to answer the questions of prospective customers, some of which seem to show Techland has some confidence in their upcoming survival horror adventure.
When asked about their policy on review embargoes and whether they will be employing the somewhat shady practice of only allowing reviews to be published after the games release, Maciej Binkowski gave a fairly honest and promising answer:
“No, we do not have embargoes of that nature. We want to be as transparent as we can towards our fans, so don’t worry – there won’t be any review embargoes before the game is released.”
It’s a good sign of things to come from Dying Light and by not placing strict review embargoes on the game it does give those who are on the fence a chance to read or watch (or both, go multi-tasking!) a review of the game before making their purchase. Lately players have become a little wary of games that don’t have reviews published before release in an effort to shield would be buyers from negative opinions. Ubisoft, we’re all looking at you.
However, if you’re hoping to get some hands on time with Dying Light before you drop the cash, you’re gonna have to rent it or borrow a mates copy.
When asked if there would be a Dying Light demo, Binkowski replied with “most likely not.”
These days it’s rare for major releases to get a demo, so we understand the lack of a taster, doesn’t mean we don’t like it.
Publishers are more wary of the consequences of releasing a demo and research has suggested that game demos hurt sales
. It’s not hard to see why, if a game is crap and you get to experience that before your make your purchase, why would you go and buy the full release?
Still, it would have been nice to have a demo for Dying Light as Techland unfortunately don’t have the best of reputations when it comes to their releases with both main Dead Island games being riddled with bugs and glitches, though they still played fairly good. Hopefully Techland has taken more care with Dying Light, we’ll just have to see.
One of the big draws of Dying Light is the horror aspect and the dangers that lurk in the darkness, so it may come as a surprise that each night cycle only lasts around 7 minutes, though according to the developer 7 minutes “is enough to make a grown man say: “I don’t want to go out at night again.””
Hmm, we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on a copy before we can pass judgement on that one.
As Dying Light will be getting a PC release many PC players are looking forward to not only playing the game but modding it. Unfortunately it’s not looking likely that mods will be officially supported, though the developer has promised that the game will be well supported post-launch and balances and tweaks may be implemented as and when needed.
Dying Light is looking to kick off 2015 with a bang (or not, sound attracts zombies, duh,) though we’ll have to wait and see if Techland’s latest project is the zombie horror we want or if it’s just another dud.
Dying Light will be available from January 27th and is releasing on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon