Gamescom 2018 is about to get on its way, and already news has begun to pour out. Chief among them are early access details for Techland‘s new Battle Royale game from their hit zombie IP, Dying Light. For a few months now, we’ve known that Dying Light: Bad Blood would be a Battle Royale FPS that pits the gamer against 11 other players, as well as Zombie NPCs. However, before it gets into gamers hands, Techland is asking for help from the community, via the newly-created Founder’s Pack that includes Early Access!
“We’ve always been keen to add more PvP multiplayer to Dying Light. We’ve read all of the messages from players on social media and forums, and multiplayer has been a hot topic. We’ve also seen how players have embraced Be the Zombie and that inspired us to expand on multiplayer. But we want to do it in the Dying Light way, where this world swarming with infected is just as much a threat as the other players.” — says Maciej Łączny, Executive Producer. “This is how Dying Light: Bad Blood came to life, a game based on these key principles: the freedom and fast pace of parkour movement, the constant threat of the Infected, and the creative brutality of melee combat. Combined they offer an all-new brutal royale experience. Now we encourage the community to help us fine-tune the game before its release.”
Starting September, players who purchase the Founder’s Pack, via Steam Early Access, will be able to play Dying Light: Bad Blood early, before its final release. Additionally, gamers who purchase the $19.99 Founder’s Pack will also get access to 3 Legendary Skins that will be released throughout the 3 months after Early Access.
During this early phase, Techland will be monitoring player feedback in attempts to make Dying Light: Bad Blood the perfect Battle Royale experience. So, consider the Early Access in a lot of ways a Beta before the final release. That way, you can proudly tell all your friends that, “I had a major hand in developing this awesome game, nbd”. While it does cost $19.99 to gain Early Access via the Founder’s Pack, don’t go thinking that it will cost anything to play DL:BB. In fact, Techland made this game with a Free-to-Play mindset on both PC and consoles. When Early Access has concluded, DL:BB will switch to that model.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game, or would like to see some gameplay, take a look at this gameplay video, courtesy of IGN:
Join Bad Blood and desperately fight to survive in a city swarming with infested. 12 players enter. Only one can leave. Scavenge for weapons, destroy zombie hives to level up, and combine your advanced parkour mobility with brutal combat skills to outrun, outsmart, and outplay your opponents.
It’s all in, one out in Dying Light: Bad Blood – a fast-paced and brutal online game that creatively blends PvP and PvE combat while retaining the core of Dying Light’s iconic gameplay.
Immerse yourself in the blood-soaked FPP combat known from the highly-acclaimed Dying Light, now with greater tactical depth, new moves, and tons of vicious weapons. Enjoy a seamless mix of PvE and PvP action as you destroy zombie hives to collect blood samples and level up your character. Prey on other players, steal their loot, and become the only one to leave the zone alive. Whether you run for your life, chase an opponent or race to the evac chopper, it’s your parkour skills that give you an edge over the enemies.
If you happened to have signed up for the global playtest, earlier this year, below are the dates so you can become at-home QA Testers for DL:BB…
Global Playtest will have two separate phases:
Grants a limited number of players who signed up access to the game on August 25th, 09:00AM PDT until August 26th, 09:00PM PDT.
This phase will allow developers to test the infrastructure, matchmaking mechanics and various other crucial parts of the game.
Grants access to the game to all players that have signed up for the Global Playtest. It starts on September 1st, 09:00AM PDT and lasts until September 2nd, 09:00PM PDT.
This phase is meant to validate data gathered during Phase One and generate further feedback on the game, including common issues and bugs before Steam Early Access launch.
Stay tuned for more information about Dying Light: Bad Blood, as it releases.