One of the big games in the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment booth at E3 next month will be Techland’s Dying Light, an original zombie-infested survival horror game that first came to “light” about a year ago. The though then was that the game would arrive in stores this fall. However, it turns out that will not be the case.
This morning Techland sent out an official statement that formally delays the release of Dying Light on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC into February 2015. The reasoning, of course, is to allow more development time in order to maximize each platform and get the game’s ambitious open-world properly completed.
Here’s the official Techland statement regarding the Dying Light delay, in its entirety:
We know you’ve been waiting on a Dying Light release date for quite some time now. After careful consideration, we have decided to release our upcoming game in February 2015. Since this means Dying Light will launch a few months later than originally planned, we feel obliged to explain the reasons that influenced this important decision.
When we started the development of Dying Light, we were committed to innovation. We wanted to give you a freedom of movement unprecedented in open-world games. After many improvements and months of hard work, we have now come so close to realizing our initial vision we feel we cannot stop before it is ready.
We believe the Natural Movement element of our game will change what you expect from the genre, and we don’t want to sacrifice any of its potential by releasing too early. This quality-focused thinking underlines all our development choices and we hope you share our belief that the gameplay must always come first.
The new date ensures that we can fully realize our vision of an innovative open-world game. We won’t need to make compromises or trade-offs on any of the five platforms we’re working on. For you, it means an outstanding, original game that makes the wait more than worthwhile.
Finally, we would like to thank our publishing partner, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which fully supports our decision. It’s a real pleasure to work in an environment where quality is universally accepted as the top priority. We believe that this is the only way to make truly incredible games.
We also have an additional announcement for you: starting next month at E3 2014, we’ll be telling you much more about all the exciting features and different aspects of Dying Light. Stay tuned!
– Dying Light Team
We’ll bring you those new Dying Light details as they are released.