Dying Light 2 Stay Human

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Dying Light 2 Stay Human (referred to simply as Dying Light 2) is an open world first-person survival horror action RPG developed by Techland and published by Techland Publishing, it is a sequel to Dying Light.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on February 4, 2022.

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Official Description

"Over twenty years ago in Harran, we fought the virus—and lost. Now, we’re losing again. The City, one of the last large human settlements, is torn by conflict. Civilization has fallen back into the Dark Ages. And yet, we still have hope. You are a wanderer with the power to change the fate of The City. But your exceptional abilities come at a price. Haunted by memories you cannot decipher, you set out to learn the truth… and find yourself in a combat zone. Hone your skills, as to defeat your enemies and make allies, you’ll need both fists and wits. Unravel the dark secrets behind the wielders of power, choose sides and decide your destiny. But wherever your actions take you, there's one thing you can never forget—stay human.
Official Website[2]"


After the initial containment and vaccination of the Harran Virus, during the events of Dying Light, the world begins to return to normal. However, due to an outbreak and subsequent string of mutations, the once contained virus spreads globally and decimates the human population. The remaining survivors must band together to fight for the future against a nearly endless undead horde. In this broken world, you must make decisions that will lead the scraps of humanity into the light of a new era, or doom your kind forever.


Taking the role of Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor looking for his sister in the City where the player encounters and has the choice to aid various factions that are based within it that affect your outcome and gameplay. The game is set in 2036, 22 years after the events of Dying Light and 15 years after The Fall, a catastrophic event in late December 2021 where a new mutant strain of the Harran Virus breached GRE containment and spread across the world, plunging it into a period known as the Modern Dark Ages.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human takes place in Europe, in the fictional city of Villedor (sometimes called The City). There is considerably less information on the exact location of Villedor and its former political status than there is for Harran. For example, we do not know if Villedor, like Harran, was also a city-state, or whether it was part of a larger nation. We do know that the country it formed a part of was a member of the European Union, and that the city itself was home to millions of people, placing it among the top cities of Europe by population. The city's architecture is notably reminiscent of cities in Central/Eastern Europe and electrical outlets in the game are Type E, which is also predominantly used in these regions.

Additionally, while an official real-life website was created for the city of Harran, it appears that no such website was created for Villedor.


Double the number of parkour moves from the first game, and greatly improved human combat. Dying Light 2 (much like the first game) has 2 skill trees full of new moves like the Air Kick and TicTac (not to be confused with TicTac from the original), and old favorites like the Dropkick and slide.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human will offer more player choice in missions, allowing players to make decisions that will affect the story and open world. Siding with survivors gets you trampolines and more ziplines while siding with the Peacekeepers gets you more traps and a semi automatic crossbow

Aside from factions, one new change discussed is that the encounters with actual zombies will be lessened. The city is mostly populated by the survivors and faction members during the day, and only during the night when everyone heads indoors do the zombies come out. Zombies can also be found inside, in dark uninhabited buildings.

During your journey throughout the city, you can modify weapons, wall run and jump, sprint across pillars, use the infected to break your fall, use your binoculars to mark targets and use your stamina to break down doors (but it also drains your stamina when climbing). Dying Light 2 Stay Human also features a "Tech Tree" that separates proficiencies of "Parkour" and "Combat" earn EXP on each action and accrue giving skill points for new skills and upgrades. The Paraglider is a new tool that allows you to glide around the city and with upgrades, you can boost yourself in the air. You gain a grappling hook which you can swing from objects (enemies can grapple as well) or pull objects to you or even grapple mid combat to swing kick at an enemy/infected. You can also use the grappling hook as a final yanking boost when doing climbing and running out of stamina.

You start with way less parkour skills in the start and have to unlock more via skill points which also increase your character's level, inhibitors can be found and used to upgrade your health and stamina with a max of 26 levels on both sides. The game offers a variety of different outfits that you can wear that also buffs your stats like defense, HP, XP gain, damage, etc.

This game's parkour and combat is incrementally harder too, as there are more enemy types and more moves too, it takes time to learn but it is worth it.


  • Aiden Caldwell: The main protagonist of the game, an infected survivor. He is a member of a traveling group of people known as the Pilgrims and is on a personal quest to find his sister, who is the key to the past he cannot remember and who he truly is.
  • Mia: Aiden's missing sister who he is searching for in the City.
  • Lawan: A woman who looks up to Frank as a father figure and hopes to become a Nightrunner, she allies with Aiden on her quest for revenge.
  • Hakon: Aiden's mentor and former member of the Nightrunners, a legendary group who used to help people and even brave the dangers of the night in order to do so.
  • Frank Marwey: The leader of the Nightrunners and a mentor to Lawan, Frank is now constantly drunk in the Fish Eye Canteen.
  • Jack Matt: The leader of the Peacekeepers who believes only he can bring order to the City.
  • Juan Rainer: A Peacekeeper supplier, and a possible friend of Aiden depending on the choices made.
  • Chris Williams: The domineering leader of a group of ex-prisoners known as the Renegades.
  • Waltz: An ex GRE doctor who experimented on young kids including Aiden, Mia and Lawan.


Over the course of Dying Light 2 Stay Human, the player will encounter a variety of Infected enemy types:


Story Quests

Side Quests



See road map for all the available DLC.


  • It has been confirmed that there will be "plenty bits and pieces and collectables and notes and references" to what happened to the GRE, and how this organization connects and what role it places in the events between the first game and its sequel. Also there will be "a lot of GRE related stuff" and even side activities set in abandoned GRE labs and quarantine zones in Dying Light 2 Stay Human.[3]



Concept Art

Trailers/Pre-release material


  1. Release date update from December 7, 2021, to February 4, 2022
  2. Official Website
  3. Dying Light 2 - Ask Me Anything - Episode 2

External Links


  • Song in the end credits is Help I'm Alive by Metric. It is also used in the Dying Light 2 E3 2019 Gameplay World Premiere demo.
  • Songs used in Dying Light 2 Stay Human The Reason Gameplay Trailer are It's All Happening Now and Watch Out, both by Portals.
  • Song used in the Dying Light 2 Stay Human Cinematic Trailer is Where Is My Mind by Safari Riot.
  • Dying Light 2 Stay Human has sold 5 million copies in its first month.