With Europe’s biggest game conference just around the corner, publisher Warner Bros has released a new trailer of Dying Light to get gamers in the mood for a little zombie-bashing.

The trailer shows off what the designers call Dying Light’s “most prominent gameplay features”, which are parkour-style running across an open-world landscape (meaning you can get around and escape the zombie horde by running up walls, leaping over huge gaps, climbing buildings and so forth), four-player co-op multiplayer, a truly brutal melee combat system that’ll have you splattering brains across the landscape with disturbing realism and the ability to customise your character’s look to “express your personality”. I’m not so sure about that last one, but at least those inclined to do so will be able to change clothes/psycho masks at will. You’ll also see the day/night cycle that the devs are so proud of and how that affects zombie behaviour.

Basically, it’s a whole lot of cool-looking zombie-killing rolled into a two-and-a-half minute video. The bit that excites me the most? That grapnel at 0:50 and the possibilities it promises. I can’t wait to see what else they show off at Gamescom, which is on this week from Wednesday to Sunday.

Dying Light is the next bite at the zombie apple that Dead Island developer Techland just seems to keep missing. Dead Island and its DLC packs and semi-sequel Dead Island: Riptide were criticised for their unwieldy combat, poorly thought-out stories, copious bugs and a reliance on money in an apocalypse for upgrades (surely useful items and bartering make more sense as a new form of currency?), so with a bit of luck they listened to that feedback and have made Dying Light a little less silly.

Barring delays, Dying Light is expected to come out in February of 2015 for both PlayStations, both Xboxes and PC.

[Source – Dying Light official YouTube channel]
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