Techland thinks Dying Light 2: Stay Human‘s choice and consequence system, and the way it works in co-op play, will encourage players to invest hundreds and thousands of hours into the game.
Speaking to MP1st, Lead Game Designer Tymon Smektala said that the way Dying Light 2‘s co-op supports its choice and consequence system will give players reason to see how different decisions play out and change the course of the game. When it comes to decision-making, only the host of the co-op session ultimately has the ability to choose what path they want to take. So if players want to try a different route with their friends and create their own version of the story, they can host a session and approach the campaign in a different way.
Smektala bet $1,000 that this will result in players spending a significant numbers of hours playing.
If you have a game about choices, someone has to make that choice, someone has to make that decision. So it’s always the host of the session. Let’s imagine it’s your session and you invite me to play with you and I play with you and we come to a point where there is a decision to be made. So what I can do – of course besides screaming at you on the headset – is that we have some solutions that allow me to kind of vote or suggest to you what I would choose. You make the decision, all of us get to see that outcome and that decision stays in your save game and you will complete the game in your own canon version of the experience.
But then the next weekend I will invite you to play in my game and now I get to make the decision, and now you get to see all the version of the story, all the options, all the other decisions we can make. For me the optimal way to play the game is first to play by yourself or with your friends, but as the host, and get your version of Dying Light 2: Stay Human, and then hop online and start joining other people and start experiencing all of the other variations the game has to offer. My personal bet on this is that I will bet $1000 that this will be appreciated by the gamers and give them the meaning to play the game for hundreds, and thousands of hours.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human will release on February 4, 2022.