Dying Light 2 trailer sheds light on game running on latest-gen consoles

Ever since gamers were able to get their hands on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, developers have been keen to show off how new technology improves game performance. Things like better graphics or faster loading times are featured regularly to highlight the advantages of new consoles over older systems. However, Techland went the other way in its latest trailer for Dying Light 2 and highlights how well the game runs on the latest generation of systems for any players who haven’t upgraded yet.


Dying Light 2 is a sequel to the 2015 open-world zombie game dying light and is set 20 years after the events of the first game. Players will take on the role of Aiden Caldwell, a survivor in a desolate European city who must survive both the undead and human factions vying for control. Like in the first game, players will need to implement parkour to quickly traverse the city while armed with a variety of weapons to battle zombies and humans.

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The latest trailer for Dying Light 2, as mentioned above, highlights the game running on PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, and Xbox One X. The first half of the trailer features a random gameplay montage running on all four consoles, jumping from Dying Light 2parkour sequences to fight randomly. To drive the point home, the trailer then features two extended parkour sequences running on PS4 and Xbox One to really show how well the game runs on older hardware.

Although some gamers ask why highlighting the game running on latest-gen consoles instead of the new ones, it makes sense given Dying Light 2 is a cross-gen game. There are likely plenty of gamers interested in the game who weren’t able to upgrade to Xbox Series X and PS5 due to high demand and lack of availability.

That said, another reason gamers may argue it’s worth highlighting the game running on latest-gen hardware like the PlayStation 4 is to see the full potential of these platforms. The last two generations of consoles have seen some of the best games, from a performance standpoint, released at the end of their respective lifecycles as developers transition to development on new hardware. While new hardware development plays a part, it’s fair to say that developers have spent enough time making games on older platforms to know what their limitations are and how best to work within those limitations to pull the best of said consoles.

Dying Light 2 is scheduled for February 4, 2022 on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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