Back to the future
Spanish developer Piccolo Studio's debut title is one that wears its heart on its sleeve. Pitched from the outset as an uncomplicated experience, it embraces that nature to tantalizing effect with a collection of levels that is sure to pull on even the tightest of heartstrings. It's a game that refuses to dabble in complex...
Clashing with E3?
Update: GamesIndustry.biz has now updated its interview with Koch Media's CEO, removing a reference to a Dying Light 2 release date of June 2020. It now simply reads: "It's distributing Dying Light 2 when it launches next year." Because of that, the game is now still slated for a Spring 2020 launch. Original Story: Dying Light 2...
Good night, good luck
With a release window of Spring 2020, Dying Light 2 could be considered a game that's floating a little bit under the radar. It'll launch around the same time as Cyberpunk 2077 and The Last of Us: Part II following its unexpected delay, but that doesn't mean this open-world zombie survival simulator is an undertaking you should...
Techland gets them
The PlayStation 5 devkit is probably the hottest piece of hardware within the video game industry right now as developers start to put together plans for the next generation. We assume that every member of PlayStation's Worldwide Studios is working towards a PS5 title now as the PlayStation 4 is left behind, but it looks like...
"A lot of additional drops"
The original Dying Light, released in January 2015, was famed for its commitment to supporting the experience long past the usual lifespan with free downloadable content and a single paid add-on in the form of The Following. Incredibly, that support is still going on today, despite the fact that its sequel is roughly six...
PlayStation Store listing reveals all
It was only just announced last night during Sony's State of Play livestream, but Arise: A Simple Story already has a release date. As revealed in its listing on the PlayStation Store, Spanish developer Piccolo Studio will be putting the game
State of Play will always be defined by its biggest reveals, but sometimes it’s the smaller titles that share the spotlight which stand out. Arise: A Simple Story – that’s really the name – is one such release: it promises an emotional rollercoaster through limbo. Effectively the plot begins with you burned on a funeral pyre, and...
Comitment spans four years
Dying Light 2 developer Techland has already confirmed that its upcoming open-world zombie-killing experience will be coming to the PS5 as well as shipping next Spring on PlayStation 4, but that could only be the start of its post-launch plans. The studio has stated that it plans to support the game for up to four years.
What's hiding under the water?
Techland has just lifted the lid on its E3 2019 gameplay demo for Dying Light 2, which has only been shown to press that took to the Los Angeles convention centre show floor until today. It's a lengthy piece of footage that details a number of new mechanics, locations, and how much of an effect your choices will have...
Red Dead Redemption 2 ain’t the only fastest finger in town, as Call of Juarez: Gunslinger wants to be a part of the conversation. Techland’s underrated PlayStation 3 shooter used the unreliable narrator technique to good effect, providing an arcade campaign constantly changing as protagonist Silas Greaves revised the details of his...
The mainstream success of the farming genre may be attributed directly to a certain YouTube video showing tractors breakdancing to dubstep, but agricultural adventures are big business these days. Case in point: Techland’s Pure Farming 2018 is the latest in a long line of pretenders attempting to cull Giants Software’s ripened crown. But...
Five player Battle Royale mode on the way
Dying Light’s taking a page out of Taylor Swift’s song sheet and getting Bad Blood with a standalone Battle Royale-inspired spin-off in 2018. Inspired by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite: Battle Royale, there’s one big catch: it’ll only feature five players as opposed to the hundred...
Definitely not dead yet
During E3 2017, developer Techland announced that it would be bringing ten totally free downloadable content packs to Dying Light over the course of 12 months. The announcement came as a pleasant surprise, and now, the Polish studio is just about ready to get the ball rolling. In a new video, enthusiastic producer Tymon...
Baseball bats at the ready
Polish studio Techland is likely working on a sequel to Dying Light, its incredibly popular open world undead-'em-up which launched in January last year. The developer recently announced that it currently has two projects on the go, and while Dying Light 2 wasn't talked about officially, the studio certainly made it...
On yer bike
Polish developer Techland's always released an interesting mix of software. In addition to grittier experiences like Dead Island and Call of Juarez, the company has racing games in its DNA – and subsequently it's been making speedway titles for over a decade. Fortunately, the success of Dying Light has not pulled the plug on its...
Aw, hell no
Dying Light has proved a much bigger success than anyone involved must have expected. Not only was the game actually really darn good, but it sold ridiculously well – and continues to loiter around various Western charts months removed from its release. It's perhaps not overly surprising that Polish developer Techland is putting its...
Transmedia storytelling always seems forced, but there's just enough plot in properties like Mass Effect and The Elder Scrolls to make it work. Polish developer Techland isn't exactly best known for its storytelling, but that hasn't stopped Warner Bros from going all-in and commissioning a novel based on its forthcoming parkour-'em-up,...
PlayStation 4 zombie sim Dying Light is quickly approaching, and in order to drum up hype, developer Techland has been releasing a new trailer every other day. Obviously we haven't been posting all of them, but this latest clip absolutely deserves a mention, if only becau
A brand new day
If you haven't been paying attention, it's a new year, which means that it's also time for a slew of starry-eyed but ultimately unrealistic resolutions. Most people go for the usual suspects – fitness, work promotions, gaming backlog reductions – but this gory new trailer for PlayStation 4 zombie sim Dying Light recommends a much...
Dying Light developer Techland has announced that the parkour-'em-up will no longer be shambling onto the PlayStation 3. The studio stated that it wants to focus on making a game which truly encapsulates the 'next-gen feel', and cited the technical limitations of the older hardware as the main reason for the reversal. "Much of this...
We’re approaching that time of the year where games start getting delayed, and following in the footsteps of The Elder Scrolls Online, Polish developer Techland has confirmed that PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 parkour-‘em-up Dying Light will now not deploy until February 2015. The title was originally due out this summer, so...
Shuffling into stores
Whether or not Dead Island deserves its “Game of the Year” moniker, the open-world zombie title is definitely getting a re-release this summer. Publisher Deep Silver has confirmed the repackaged version of the undead adventure in a press release this afternoon, and it’s set to launch on 26th June in North America. Those...
Ratings board reveals re-release
We don’t mean to be snarky, but did Dead Island actually win any game of the year awards? Sure, the Techland title had some great ideas, but the execution was far too sloppy to grant it any gongs in our eyes. Still, that’s not stopped British ratings board, the BBFC, from listing a "Game of the Year"...
We love it when DLC expands upon the narrative of a game, and so we're naturally rather excited for Dead Island's upcoming Ryder White expansion pack
The DLC aims to expand on the narrative of the antagonist from the main game, and manages to slot in a few new weapons and blueprints along the way. The production values look high based on this debut trailer. Catch it after the jump. The pack's due..
While map packs and character skins are nice, we absolutely adore DLC that expands a game's narrative
Dead Island's newly announced "Ryder White" DLC is a textbook example of intriguing post-release content, extending the game's single-player campaign by "several hours" and allowing you to experience the game's events from the antagonist's point of view. Throughout the course of..
Dead Island is proof that you only need one amazing trailer to achieve commercial success
Despite launching with a slew of snags, the morbid Techland developed zombie slasher has shipped a whopping three million units worldwide. Deep Silver's manager of marketing and PR, Aubrey Norris, revealed the news to Game Informer: "Dead Island has sold very, very well over the holiday season and we are..
Call Of Juarez: The Cartel didn't get the strongest critical reception, but it definitely had some cool ideas
Sadly the execution just wasn't quite up to snuff. But that's not stopping Ubisoft mulling over a sequel. According to The Gaming Liberty, players that synced The Cartel with their Uplay accounts have been sent a survey, asked to discuss the game's strengths and weaknesses. While the site..
After some heavy delays reserved to fix Dead Island's main campaign, publisher Deep Silver has attached a November 22nd release date to the game's first DLC pack, Bloodbath Arena
The pack includes several single-player and multiplayer Horde-style challenges in four different arenas". Any XP earned in the DLC will be transferable to the single-player campaign, prompting new opportunities to..
After a troublesome launch period, publisher Deep Silver has announced that first-person zombie title, Dead Island, will receive a new patch on PS3 this Wednesday
The update will see a number of improvements applied to the game, including an increased level cap, a variety of balance changes and a slew technical fixes. Techland previously delayed Dead Island's first DLC pack, Bloodbath Arena, in..
Before Dead Island launched, developer Techland was committed to a life of good ideas and grotty execution
Both nail'd and Call Of Juarez: The Cartel — Techland's other two releases this year — suffered from the same fate. But Dead Island was different; it had polish, and for the first time in the developer's history, it seemed to have a budget too. It wasn't going to take long before hints..
Chances are you never played Techland's Nail'd
We did. It was actually pretty alright. The game had an extreme sports edge to it which meant you spent more time flying through the air than actually driving on the ground. We never thought we'd see a sequel to Nail'd, and to be honest we probably still won't. But that's not stopped Ubisoft from commissioning the European developer to produce a..
If you were looking to bathe in the warm crimson of zombie juice, you'll have to wait a little longer. Dead Island developer Techland has revealed it's delayed the game's Bloodbath Arena DLC while it works towards tidying up the main game. We are working hard to make the Bloodbath Arena DLC available as soon as possible. However, due to...
Movie company Lionsgate has optioned film rights from Dead Island publisher Deep Silver to make a movie based on the game's infamous debut trailer
"The film Dead Island will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling," the company explained. The movie's currently in the early development stage, with Sean Daniel (of..
Deep Silver's ambitious (but desperately buggy) Dead Island has topped the UK sales charts for the second week running, scooping up sales greater than any other title in the publisher's history -- in just two weeks
The co-operative zombie RPG is in fact outselling Resistance 3 on the PlayStation 3 platform alone — a title which still managed to climb into third on this week's UK sales charts..
Deep Silver's warned that delays to Dead Island's DLC are a possibility as developer Techland focuses on quashing the game's well documented bugs
Chatting with Kotaku, a Deep Silver representative stated that the developer is working on fixes "across all platforms so that we can take care of all of the fans who have been so supportive of our game". There is some awesome DLC content..
Dead Island publisher Deep Silver announced that it's shipped one million copies of its open-world survival horror RPG in the US -- in just one week
Moreover, the publisher expects to have shipped two million copies worldwide by the end of this week. "The critical 'first week' of game sales has been an enormous sales success for Deep Silver," company COO Geoff Mulligan stated in a press..
It's finally that time of the year where developers and publishers alike start to release new video games
This week's UK sales chart is evidence of that alone. It's dominated by the release of brand new titles with Dead Island, Wahammer 40K: Space Marine and Resistance 3 all taking spots in the top five. They're joined by relatively new releases in...
Dead Island's first slice of DLC will debut later this month, developer Techland has announced
The Bloodbath Arena DLC pack will introduce four new maps with never-ending waves of zombies to battle. The DLC was first announced as a pre-order bonus, but will retail for $10 for everyone else. All XP and cash earned from the DLC will carry over to the main campaign.
There's a like to look-forward to in Techland's much hyped zombie slaying opus, Dead Island
The soundtrack, for one, is sure to be incredible after that debut trailer turned a few well-placed piano chords into a memorable riff. But there's also a lot to be worried about. While Techland is traditionally a forward-thinking and ambitious developer, it doesn't have many mainstream hits on its hands..
The zombie apocalypse is upon us
Just to get us prepared, Deep Silver has released a six-page Dead Island prequel comic. It's available exclusively from the Marvel website. The comic's been created by Marvel Custom Solutions writer William Dailey, along with artists Jorge Lucas, Juan Santacruz, Diego Olmos, Carlos Rodriguez and Sergio Arino. The comic was previously only available at Comic-Con..
Techland has a history for forcing players into the roles of unlikable characters, and based on the evidence of this latest Dead Island trailer it seems like that's unlikely to change
Thankfully, the game itself does look like it's going to be ridiculously good fun — especially when played in four-player co-op. With a massive sand-box, dozens of quests and a huge variety of melee and gun-based..
As more and more video game franchises get novels, it's unsurprising to see Techland's hotly anticipated Dead Island receive the treatment
The novel, written by British author Mark Morris, promises to give readers "a terrifying glimpse into the horrors thrust upon the four individuals who have unwittingly embarked on the ultimate holiday from hell". The book's due to be published by..
It's the summer -- the time of the year when you can pretty much guarantee a success just by putting out a game
The drought is really starting to hit hard, so it's no surprise to see Ubisoft and Techland's distinctly average Call Of Juarez: The Cartel debut in second on this week's UK sales charts. Honestly, as far as summer games go — The Cartel is a fine pick. The game might not be gunning for..
Ubisoft's released a trailer detailing the multiplayer modes in Call Of Juarez: The Cartel
There's a good mix of objectives based modes on offer, the most interesting of which being Robbery Crew, in which you have to plunder several suitcases of cash from a heavily defended bank. The multiplayer in Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood was really good, so we have high hopes for The Cartel. We're still not..
We've been pretty down on Call Of Juarez: The Cartel since its announcement, but "co-opetition" is the first genuinely exciting thing we've seen of the game
The premise is simple: you'll play in teams working together towards a common goal, but also in competition too. For example, the trailer shows how a goal might challenge each member of the team to score five headshots first, or steal another..
Deep Silver and Techland's tropical zombie survival title, Dead Island, will undoubtedly be one of the biggest draws at E3, in part thanks to that massive reveal trailer released earlier in the year
Just to keep your hype levels tingling, Deep Silver's released an E3 trailer for the game. Catch it above.
Let's get to the point: Dead Island doesn't appear to have anything in common with those heart-felt trailers the publisher has been releasing to promote the game
That's fine though, because what Dead Island actually is looks pretty exciting anyway. The eleven minute gameplay demo included after the jump shows off a bunch of the game's mechanics, and we're actually really liking what we see. Not..
After the last Dead Island trailer, the pressure's really on Deep Silver to maintain the emotional tone that caught fire earlier in the year
This latest trailer — which features some gameplay footage — manages to pull at the heart-strings once more, but we're starting to feel like the tone is a bit misleading. While the trailers try to portry emotion and sadness, everything we've heard about..
We loved the last Call Of Juarez game, but this new modern day setting isn't hooking us
Clubs, gangsters and cars in a cowboy franchise seem a bit — odd. Granted, we're probably not giving Call Of Juarez: The Cartel the fairest of shakes because we enjoyed the previous title so much. And at the very least this is a unique setting for a first-person shooter. Still, we need to see more before we're..
Have you ever pondered on a particularly restful holiday in the sun, "What would it be like if I was chased by a horde of zombies right now?" Dead Island gives you the chilling answer, from first-person perspective