No One is Safe in the New Dying Light Humanity Trailer

Push play above to watch the latest trailer for Dying Light, ‘Humanity,’ and then we can discuss.

Done? Off we go.

TechLand likens the zombie virus in Dying Light to SARS or influenza, a disease that runs rampant and can take anyone — regardless of whether they’re bitten or not. As the developers state in a press release that accompanied the trailer:

We’ve gotten used to killing zombies in video games over the years, but who were these zombies before they became infected? Is there still a human inside of them? In the ‘Humanity’ trailer, Techland aims to address the reality behind the zombie fiction, and present a deeper vision of what a zombie epidemic would mean for humankind.

As we see in the trailer, that deeper vision likely means dealing with the infected before they turn. That little girl playing hopscotch — something tells me the bloody machete is meant to be the medicine for her illness. And I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that.

It’s a bit early to engage in a discussion of a game that hasn’t even been released yet, but if Techland is going down this path, I have very mixed emotions. On the one hand, it could create uncomfortable BioShock little sisters-like decisions that make players actually feel something instead of simply plowing through the zombie horde. On the other, it could simply be a shock-value, doesn’t-serve-the-story-in-the-least addition a-la Call of Duty’s infamous No Russian mission.

Either way, Techland just upped my interest meter in Dying Light.

One more thing: Techland teased a Dying Light announcement yesterday. I was expecting a release date, possibly a beta, but it appears this is it.

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