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Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Techland
Release Date: Feb. 4, 2022

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'Dying Light 2 Stay Human' Adds Actress Rosario Dawson As In-Game Character, Olivier Derivière As Composer - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 1, 2021 @ 2:50 a.m. PDT

Dying Light 2 is a novel vision of the post-apocalyptic experience will bring everything players would expect from a new, radically improved installment in the series.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human brings to life a unique post-apocalyptic vision of  Modern Dark Ages - a brutal, bleak, and unforgiving reality where you are as likely to perish at the hand of a human as you are by the Infected.

In Dying Light 2 Stay Human players are visiting the City—mankind's last stronghold in the fight against the virus.

Developed parkour mechanics enable players to explore the vast open world and use tactical combat. The lost civilization and setting of the modern dark ages requires creative approaches to finding items and crafting gear. Gameplay shifts during a day and night cycle, so players can dare to plunder abandoned lairs of infected at night and discover the dark secrets of those in power by day. Players must choose which side they want to take and write their own story.

Make ambiguous decisions and witness how they impact the world on multiple levels, transform the shape of The City, and ultimately decide its fate.

Techland debuted the fourth episode of Dying 2 Know, giving fans a closer look at The City and went behind the scenes of the music recording process in Abbey Road Studios.

Techland also revealed a collaboration with famous actress Rosario Dawson, who lends her talent to a major in-game character.

The fourth episode of D2K introduced Lawan, a new major in-game character portrayed by Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian, Sin City). During the show, viewers learned more about Lawan’s role in the Dying Light story and her relationship with main protagonist Aiden Caldwell.

Techland shone a UV light on Dying Light 2 Stay Human‘s vast open world, with developers giving more details on how players’ in-game choices will revive The City and give hope to rebuild civilization. 

BAFTA-nominated French composer Olivier Derivière (A Plague Tale: Innocence, Streets of Rage 4, Remember Me) scores his most ambitious soundtrack yet in Dying Light 2 Stay Human. Renowned for his distinctive and dynamic soundtracks recognized by Billboard, Classic FM, MTV and The New York Times, Derivière commissioned A-list avant-garde musicians and custom-built instrumentation to bring a unique, emotional soundscape to the game’s deep story and visceral world infected by a viral outbreak.

As composer and music designer for Dying Light 2, Derivière sought to portray the game’s realistic themes of devastation, loss and isolation from a viral outbreak, human civilization’s fight for survival, and hope through unity, by way of a dual textured compositional approach. In his pursuit of unorthodox sounds, Derivière commissioned the London Contemporary Orchestra, one of the world’s leading innovative and respected avant-garde music ensembles, and recorded at Abbey Road Studios with three-time GRAMMY® award-winning score engineer John Kurlander. During their collaborative process, Derivière captured the experimental articulations of the orchestra to enhance the emotional narrative, while his rhythmic electronic synth soundtrack is steered by the strings of a bespoke electric psaltery instrument blended into the score and manipulated to evoke the gritty, lonely landscape and cold, corrupted state of the world’s seemingly hopeless future.

“Dying Light 2 is by far my most ambitious game music project to date. It has been an amazing journey working with Techland on creating the unique soundscape of the game and pushing boundaries for open-world music design. During this process, collaborating with the London Contemporary Orchestra and recording their unique sound was a great honor, and with the addition of a custom-built instrument - the Electric Psaltery - I believe players will experience a musical in-game journey they won’t forget,” said composer Olivier Derivière.

“Dying Light 2 Stay Human is very dynamic, and gameplay is an incredibly important part of the game. But we cannot forget the impact the soundtrack has on creating in-game atmosphere. That’s why we’ve been working with Olivier to combine these two elements, so that our music won’t just be a background, but rather a companion alongside which the player will explore The City. It supports narrative by generating nostalgia in certain moments, encourages bravery in battles by adding to the adrenaline with the right tunes, and energizes the player, pushing them to try harder as they parkour through the roofs. This close collaboration between us has led to the sound developing in line with our artistic vision of what we're going to see on the screen and blending in with it perfectly. It was an ambitious project, yes, but we had a lot of fun, and seeing the end result has definitely made it worth the effort,” commented Creative Director Adrian Ciszewski.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is powered by the C-Engine, a new generation of Techland’s in-house technology dedicated to open-world action-adventure and action-RPG games.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is coming to Nintendo Switch (Cloud), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC on February 4, 2022.


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