February looks to be one of the most incredible months in gaming history when it comes to releases. And it’s nearly impossible to steal some of the spotlight from the PlayStation exclusives of Sifu and Horizon Forbidden West and FromSoftware’s Elden Ring, but somehow it’s been accomplished. When developer Techland announced that their upcoming game Dying Light 2 would take 500 hours to complete the game it sent every gamer with an opinion in a tailspin. Whether it was on Twitter or their own website, a trail of smoke followed them all as they rushed to send out their thoughts. Except for one very bald writer. Is it because I’m smart or incredibly lazy? Maybe a little of both.
Since this claim, though, Techland has responded to, well, themselves, and clarified that “500 hours is related to maxing out the game – finishing all the quests, endings, and exploring every part of the world, but a regular player should finish the story + side quests and do quite a lot of exploring in less than 100 hours, so don’t worry!” And personally, I thought this response was perfect and, honestly, kind of obvious. For anyone excited about Dying Light 2, the promise of multiple narrative branching paths makes perfect sense for a game like this to need hundreds of hours to see everything.
Somehow though, this still wasn’t enough. So for a third and final time, Techland had to respond to the most controversial tweet of 2022 and say that the campaign of their upcoming game could be completed in 20 hours. So as we stand now, that’s 20 hours to complete the main campaign, 80 hours to complete the main quest and all of the side quests, and 500 hours to see every ounce of content that the game has to offer.
Now, as I said at the beginning, it would take a near miracle to steal the spotlight from the heavy hitters coming out in February, but somehow, either through pure dumb luck and some help from an always overreacting internet or some of the best promotional material that I’ve ever seen, Dying Light 2 is on everyone’s mind. And with Techland wrapping up the final installment of their show “Dying 2 Know,” it seems like the timing and excitement for the game couldn’t be in a better place. It’s been a long time coming, but if you’re like me and have been highly anticipating this game since it was first revealed, then you know that February 4th can’t come quick enough.