Publisher and developer Techland has shared more details about Dying Light 2's abandoned structures in a new episode of its Dying 2 Know MORE series of videos, explaining how they play into its intention of giving players the means to "change the world around them."
Dying Light 2's abandoned structures are a major part of its city alignment system, which affects both gameplay and worldbuilding. They start off as forgotten places that may or may not have some loot to pick up, but spring to life as players restore them through the game, bringing "real and visible change to the city's skyline," according to Lead Game Designer Tymon Smektała.
You can also assign them to one of the game's factions, which changes their "looks and use" while offering a better look into that faction's philosophy and way of living.
Restored abandoned buildings can house vendors selling unique items, new quests or collectibles to chase, as well as NPCs you can talk to, leading to "new adventures." They can also grant access to training grounds, where you can try out exotic weapons like the Catapult Bat without risking getting your hand chewed off by a horde of angry zombies.
They're also tied to "a few dozen" new challenges split into two categories: combat and parkour. The former ask you to "use your skills in crazy and extreme situations" while the latter include delivery missions, checkpoint races.
Dying Light 2's abandoned structures include schools, art workshops, bakeries, pumpkin farms, and others that players discover while putting in the effort to rebuild civilization. You can watch the new episode just below.
Dying Light 2 is currently slated to launch on February 4, 2022, when it arrives on PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
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