It’s been a while since we’ve heard much about the sequel to 2015 hit Dying Light. Now Square Enix has announced that it will publish Dying Light 2, the second instalment of Techland’s open-world zombie-RPG franchise, in the US.
Making the announcement in a press release, the Anglo-Japanese publisher said: “Techland Publishing and Square Enix are proud to announce their Americas partnership to distribute the upcoming open-world action RPG game, Dying Light 2.”
The original Dying Light was published in 2015 by Warner Bros, so Square Enix’s acquisition of its sequel’s publishing rights is something of a coup. Ed Lin, Head of Marketing at Techland, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Square Enix. This partnership represents an incredible opportunity for both companies to bring Modern Dark Ages to audiences across Americas. Our partnership kicks off this year at E3 and we are looking forward to a great campaign that showcases the fan favourite Dying Light DNA in the expansive and savage world of the infected.”
John Heinecke, Chief Marketing Officer at Square Enix, added: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Techland on one of the industry’s most anticipated games, Dying Light 2. The game is setting up to be an innovative, ambitious project, and we believe players will be delighted with what they deliver. This game fits incredibly well into our portfolio, and we’re looking forward to showing more at E3.”
The announcement carefully refers to: “The Americas” throughout, suggesting that Dying Light 2’s European publishing rights haven’t been nailed down. However, it would be a major surprise if they went to any company other than Square Enix.
Story-wise, Dying Light 2 will take place 15 years after the original game, and Techland is keen to highlight that it will allow players to: “Make ambiguous decisions and witness how they impact the world on multiple levels, transform the shape of The City, and ultimately decide its fate.”