Countless video game fans are greatly anticipating the next generation of console hardware. With extensive specs being teased to the public, it’s no doubt that these new consoles are going to pack a real punch as far as technical specifications go. The PS5 is definitely going to be a hit when it releases and, as far as games go, it seems we have finally been teased with a title that we can expect for the PS5 on the day of its launch. That game is Dying Light 2. Techland Publishing (the game’s developers) have openly stated that come the release of the PlayStation 5 console, they plan to have a dedicated PS5 version of Dying Light 2 specifically enhanced for the brand new hardware.
First — to get this out of the way — yes, there will be an extensive amount of games that will be available for the PS5 on day one via the backwards compatibility of the PS4 software. The entire PS4 library of games that you own (whether digital or physical copies) will be playable on the new system. The benefits of the PS5 running PS4 software so far seems to be in the form of faster loading times and increased frame rate ability. Developers of games for the PS4 may also decide to come out with patches for their games that further enhance them for PlaysSation 5 owners. With that being said, we may also see some developers go the same route as Techland Publishing where they release an entirely different version of the game that’s specifically enhanced for the PlayStation 5 hardware. Dying Light 2 is set to release first on the current generation of consoles (PS4 and Xbox One) as well as PC, but the developer has made it clear that they plan to release a separate version for the new console generation … meaning we likely will not see any enhancement beyond load times and frame rates when playing the PS4 version on the new hardware.
Going forward, there are likely to be many other games announced as launch titles for the PlayStation 5. These may be games that also release on the new Microsoft console (whatever they end up calling it) but there are likely to be a large amount of Sony exclusive games announced for the PlayStation 5 in the build-up to its release. It’s going to be interesting to see what developers do with the current generation of console games and the backwards compatibility aspect of the upcoming hardware. Inevitably, we will start to hear from these developers about what (if anything) they plan to do as far as enhancements to their PS4 and Xbox One titles go with the new capability of the upcoming console hardware. At this point, we know that Dying Light 2 is going to be cross-generational with its full release. When players can choose between buying a version on the new console or to play it via backwards compatibility (if they have previously purchased it) there will need to be some drastic differences between the dedicated version for the PS5 and the backwards compatible version to warrant another purchase.
Dying Light 2’s official description reads as follows: “The last great human settlement exists within an unforgiving, infected world. Exceptional agility and combat skills make you a powerful ally and a valuable commodity. With your unique abilities you have the power to be an agent of change within this decaying metropolis. Use it wisely.”
It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Dying Light which released in 2015. Dying Light was an excellent game with a gripping storyline and fun multiplayer-online gameplay. It was followed-up with an excellent story DLC that also expanded on the multiplayer aspect of the game. If Dying Light is anything to go off of, Dying Light 2 is set to be a massive hit. With a dedicated PS5 version in the near future, we’ll be able to fight zombies with the potential of up to 8k resolution, Ray-Tracing lighting, and at least 60fps (likely higher).
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