Dying Light 2 Outlines the Lifecycle of Its Zombies

Dying Light 2 Outlines the Lifecycle of Its Zombies

There's more than one type of zombie on the horizon.

The focus of Dying Light was surviving the quarantined city of Harran. Only your wits, makeshift weapons, and a healthy dose of parkour would keep you from the zombie hordes. The E3 2018 presentation of the sequel, Dying Light 2, was light on the zombie, instead showing off the human factions and how your actions would affect the world.

You might have to contend with the worst of humanity, but there are still zombies. In the first game, zombie were ever-present, but got stronger at night. This time, most of the zombies lie dormant in the sunlight, coming out at night to feed and hunt.

"We have this whole cycle of infected life in the game" Dying Light 2 Lead Game Designer Tymon Smektała tells GamesRadar. "The infected start as a Viral, which is someone who just got bitten and just got infected, so they still show traces of humanity, and at this point they are very quick, very dangerous – they avoid the sun at all costs. But after some time in that state, they turn into what we call Biters, which are your regular zombies; slowly moving infected that, if able, will try and grab you and infect you or eat you, but the sunlight is dangerous to them, and they are not as quick and as agile as the Virals."

After Biters comes the Degenerates, heavily-decaying zombies that stayed out in the sun for too long. Finally, the Volatiles return from the first game, standing as the strongest infected enemies in Dying Light 2 so far. They're weak to the sun and UV light like their brethren, but otherwise, they're very fast, can climb obstacles, and require a lot of fire to take down. Smektała says it's best to just avoid them altogether.

During the day, Dying Light 2 will still be dangerous, as you need to handle. Dying Light 2 will have various human factions. Techland has only shown off the major factions, the Peacekeepers and the Scavengers, and one of the wildcard factions, the Untainted. The Peacekeepers are dedicated to law and order and wiping out the infected completely. The Scavengers are more focused on simple survival, carving out places for themselves amid the infected horde.

Techland is prioritizing a smooth 60 fps over 4K resolution for Dying Light 2. It's shaping up to be a great sequel to one of the surprise winners of 2015. Dying Light 2 is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, but it doesn't currently have a release date.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

Read this next

The E3 2019 Awards: The Best Games We Saw at This Year's Show

Here are all the best games we saw at E3 2019, including our Game of the Show!

Dying Light 2's Player Choices Mean Your First Playthrough Will Reveal Maybe Less Than Half of the Game's Content

We saw a hands-off demo of how Dying Light 2's choices impact its open-world, mechanics, and more.

Dying Light 2 Gets a Surprisingly Emotional New Trailer

Techland is back with a vengeance for Dying Light 2.

60FPS More Important Than 4K For Dying Light 2, Says Dev

Techland is prioritising 60 frames per second, over 4K resolution on the upcoming Dying Light 2, but 4K might still happen.

Dying Light 2 Announced, Goes Big on Player Choices

Dying Light 2 was revealed from Techland at Microsoft's E3 2018 presentation.

Microsoft Contractors Reportedly Heard You Talking to Your Kinect

The listen-ins were apparently meant to improve the service.

More News

Microsoft Contractors Reportedly Heard You Talking to Your Kinect

The listen-ins were apparently meant to improve the service.

Death Stranding is a Game About Walking, Apparently

Someone has finally played Death Stranding and can tell us what its all about.

New Link's Awakening Video Shows Off Dungeon Creator and Map Markers

The adorable Zelda remake changes a few things.

More on PC

GTA 5 Cheats

Discover all the GTA 5 cheats with this handy GTA 5 cheats PS4, GTA 5 cheats Xbox One, and PC guide. Plus get all the GTA 5 cheats for Xbox 360 and PS3.

All Mortal Kombat 11 Characters and Future DLC Fighters

Here's our full Mortal Kombat 11 characters guide, including the current roster, and all forthcoming DLC characters.

Cyberpunk 2077 Producer Details Law Enforcement and the Rich Areas of Night City

There are no cops in the poorer districts. That all changes when you get to the affluent areas of Night City.

Witchbrook Dev Tweets Design Docs Revealing New Details on the Charming Magical School Sim

A rare look into the internal process of development as it happens.

Telling Lies Review

The spiritual successor to Her Story is a shady investigation into the lives of four liars.

More Action Adventure Games

Death Stranding is a Game About Walking, Apparently

Someone has finally played Death Stranding and can tell us what its all about.

New Link's Awakening Video Shows Off Dungeon Creator and Map Markers

The adorable Zelda remake changes a few things.

Yakuza 3 Remastered is Out Now, 4 and 5 Are On The Way

One collection gathers all three games and puts them on PS4.

Check Out the Full 18 Minutes of Marvel's Avengers Gameplay

The frequently leaked footage is now complete and official.