Dying Light has had quite the run. After its initial success, developer Techland has continuously added to the game, which started out big and has only gotten bigger - impressively so.
Last year, the ten-in-12 initiative kicked off, with Techland pledging to bring ten content drops to the game in 12 months. The last one is now here and it’s a Mad Max-inspired “Badlands Rider.”
The new Badlands Rider content drop, which arrived yesterday, includes a new buggy called Desert Fury to tear up the open countryside of Dying Light’s The Following expansion. It’s all steel and rivets, with some scratchy post-apocalypse signage painted on the side.
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You also get three new weapons. The first is a double-barreled shotgun, and while firearms arguably detracted from Dying Light’s melee focus in the base game, it’s genre canon that zombies and shotguns go extremely well together. The second is a new machete, the Empress, which has an oxidized look but still appears to be fairly effective at disassembling the undead.
The most interesting new weapon - for my money - is Heatwave, a crossbow that appears to fire concussive bolts. In the trailer below, there’s clearly a blast when the bolts hit something, but there isn’t the usual combustion of a normal grenade. However, the blast is still powerful enough to send zombies careening in all directions, and that’s as good a reason as any to head back into the game.
Finally, there’s the new survivor, the Badlands Rider himself. He’s a curious looking fellow, all dusty leather and motorcycle chains, and yet it’s clear he’s particular about grooming, with a tightly-cropped mohawk and a fussy Errol Flynn mustache.
While Badlands Rider marks the end of new content for the base game, Dying Light isn’t over by any means. Dying Light: Bad Blood, Techland’s standalone six-player take on battle royale, is currently in development. No release date has been set yet.