What a kerfuffle this has turned out to be. Dying Light 2 developer Techland faced a bit of a backlash over the weekend when it proudly claimed it would take 500 hours to complete its latest open world zombie title. At the time, the Polish studio quickly issued a follow-up tweet explaining that's how long it would take to "max out the game", and now it has posted yet more clarification.
Essentially, you don't need to worry: Techland says it'll take roughly 20 hours to complete a single playthrough of the main story. It's when you start tacking on extra content that the completion time starts to balloon. According to the latest tweet, if you want to follow the core campaign to its finale and then go on to finish every single side quest, you're looking at 80 hours of game time.
If for some reason you then want to "max out the game with all main and side quests, choices and endings, checking every place on the map, every dialogue and finding every collectible", then you should expect to spend 500 hours with Dying Light 2. Given the 80-hour estimate to see and do everything inside a single playthrough, this absurd playtime counter seems to suggest it would take around four playthroughs to see how every choice plays out in order to reach different endings.
Does anyone actually play a game in this manner? Aiming for 100 per cent completion four times in a row? We think not. This has all been a bit of a PR blunder for Techland, but we're confident it's still got a quality product on its hands. The game's out for PlayStation 5 and PS4 on 4th February 2022.
I remember I got really close to 100% with FFX-2. That took multiple playthroughs in order to get. I always messed something up along the way though that always kept me at 98%. Can't remember what it was.
But what about the trofees maaan!?!?
The only people making a drama out of this are stupid people. Most of them on twitter.
@WCB exactly. It was pretty obvious to everyone else that the main game would be much shorter.
Well I’m glad that is all sorted then 😂
Who honestly plays a game four times to see the endings?
I have a feeling 500 is going to be close to platinum time.
Will someone ask them to clarify when the DL1 ps5 patch is coming??
@Anke They’re out there. No NG+++ required
@Deljo I've emailed Techland to see if we can get an update. No promises I'll receive any info, but if I do, there'll be a post on the site.
I think this has been blown out of proportion somewhat. Nevertheless, a 20 hour main questline sounds much more reasonable for most people's tastes.
As much of a whopper as dying light 1 is now I get people buying into this but not at launch. I’m sure they’ll support this for years but it took a LONG time for dying light to get as big as it is now.
All I can think is I hope we don't need all endings for the platinum.
I'm very happy with the 20 hours length! Now to wait for the reviews
At this rate I'll be able to finish it in one sitting lol
fine by me. can Elden Ring just come out already?
@Salt_AU Really no visual markers that sucks i may be a little slow but i also have a life and i dont even have kids. Yeah if thats the case then 500 hours is nothing special and its just a game om gonna bother with to 100%
@LiamCroft sweet, cheers Liam
@Korgon I thought it was possible to get well over 100%, and all you had to do to pretty much guarantee 100% was just take the other path in new game+ that you didn't take on the first playthrough. Been a while since I've played though.
Happy to hear the 500 hours is only if you're OCD.
@Jemusu I take it as fantastic news.
Played the original Dying Light around this time last year and liked it quite a bit… still, for some reason I have absolutely no excitement for this sequel at all. Can’t put my finger on why that’s the case 🤔
Obviously that initial tweet didn't get the reaction they expected.
I have no issue with that as long as trophies aren't locked behind the 500 hour insane completionist grind.
I could care less about different endings in games. I just play the games as I see fit then move along when finished. If I absolute MUST see different endings, I'll spend a few minutes watching on Youtube instead of sinking another 100+ hours into something.
@colonelkilgore I feel exactly the same.
I think it was important for them to clarify, After the last few AC games forcing you into 100+ hour games unless you pay to skip, it's become important for many of us to know if a game will respect our time. Its one thing to offer hundreds of hours of game play but another to enforce it to progress. Without the clarification I would not have even bothered loading their game. Now thought, a 20-to-80 playthrough dictated by how much fun I'm having. Yep, I'll go for that.
@Hordak 100% with you, with the exception of games I adore. Didn't mind replaying DS3 to see all the endings.
About what I expected, 500 hours was definitely absurd but I guess technically you could put 500 hours into anything so he wasn't completely wrong.
Crazy month - looking forward to all 3 big releases
That's more manageable
@Ralizah If the endings are no trophies but who knows.
@Salt_AU They didnt change anything they explained how they got to these numbers.
I have already played more than 130 hours to get the platinum in Returnal but the gameplay is addictive and fun..If a games does the core elements right i can stick to it..as for DL1 i never finished it so i'm waiting for the ps5 patch to replay it.
@Korgon multiple playthroughs is what kept me from platinuming one of my favorite games of all time. Tales of Symphonia. I love TOS but the Chronicles trophy list is absurd. I think you had to playthrough it like 4-5 times.
@Salt_AU exactly. Or (and this wouldn't be as bad as removing content) trophies become as easy as in the Telltale Games, for fear of losing customers who refuse to play a game if the platinum takes too long or is too difficult.
why would any developer say something such as this? Wouldn't it have been easier to say "DYING LIGHT 2 will have lots to explore and depending on your play style, you can optimize the experience!"
At the end of this the games gonna be 6 hours to beat the mainest story
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