First Dying Light Is Getting A Next-Gen Upgrade

By Jason Collins | 2 months ago

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2015’s survival horror game, the original Dying Light, is getting a necessary next-gen patch for PlayStation 5. The patch enhances the original game for the newest generation of Sony’s gaming hardware, while the same patch is expected to release on Xbox Series S/X soon — the exact date remains unspecified.

The PS5 patch for 2015’s Dying Light adds three new performance modes, as well as some notable improvements to the game’s viewing distance, as reported by Destructoid. Gamers will be able to opt for a performance mode, running at 60 frames-per-second (fps) at 1080p resolutions; quality mode, running at 30fps at 4K resolution; or balance mode, which aims for 60fps running at 1440p. The latter could potentially drop the fps count in graphics-intensive areas of the game to maintain quality.

It’s also worth noting that the PS4 Pro version of Dying Light is also getting an update, pushing the graphics setting to a 30fps cap. Xbox Series S/X patch will target the similar, if not the same performance setting as the PlayStation 5. Microsoft’s more powerful console, which is still somewhat absent from the market, will benefit from the same resolutions and frame rates as PlayStation 5. However, things are a bit different for the Xbox Series S and Xbox One consoles.

Xbox One and Xbox Series S versions of Dying Light are receiving limited performance updates compared to the Series X patch. Performance mode on these consoles will run 30fps at 1080p, and 30fps on 1440p resolutions. It’s worth noting that the Xbox One has been officially discontinued in favor of the Xbox Series S as part of Microsoft’s effort to combat the ongoing semiconductor shortage. The company also shifted its focus on the production of Series S, considering that the production of one Series X console requires as many semiconductive elements as two Series S consoles.

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For those unacquainted with the game, Dying Light is a 2015 horror survival game that gathered positive reviews from both gamers and critics. Developed by Techland and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the game follows an undercover agent infiltrating the quarantine zone in the Middle-eastern city of Harran. Its gameplay features an open-world enemy-infested town, with a dynamic day/night cycle that pretty much dictates the game’s pace.

While they’re slow and clumsy during the day, the zombies in Dying Light are extremely aggressive and agile at night. The game also focused on weapons-based combat mechanics and parkour traversal of its open-world setting, which allowed gamers to choose flight or fight tactics when presented with danger. Dying Light was a massive commercial success, amassing more than 17 million players by the end of 2019, thanks to Techland’s never-ending support for the game, which was provided through downloadable content packs, content drops, and free updates.

Dying Light was re-released bundled with all of its DLCs on May 2021 as a Platinum Edition, which was subsequently adapted for Nintendo Switch and released in October that year. It was also released for PlayStation 5 a few days ago, while its sequel, Dying Light 2: Stay Human, was released on February 2 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC, with a Nintendo Switch version planned for the end of June.