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Dying Light's story trailer highlights the humanity in a zombie epidemic

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Developer Techland shared a new trailer for its open-world zombie survival title Dying Light on the PlayStation Blog this morning, highlighting the game's storyline and detailing its infection lore.

In Dying Light, the hordes of zombies are the result of an "epidemic," the spread of a viral infection similar to the flu or pneumonia — only you become a zombie instead of simply getting ill. The game's events take place just several weeks after the initial outbreak in the quarantined city of Harran, which is packed with infected and survivors alike. Players will have to navigate both the living and semi-living as they traverse the area, collecting supplies, rescuing trapped citizens and doing what they can to help keep others alive.

"We've gotten accustomed to mindless zombie killing, right?" Techland producer Tymon Smektała wrote on the PlayStation Blog. "Movies, TV series, books, and of course games — no matter what the medium, zombies became the cannon fodder of our times. After all, no one should bat an eye at taking down thousands of already dead, walking corpses. Or should they? In Dying Light, we make things a little bit more complicated."

"In the quarantine zone, the line between the infected and the sane is very thin," Smektala added. "The player should remember that not only the survivors were common people like you and me months earlier — so were the infected. Imagine that in order to stay alive, you could be forced to shoot your family doctor, chop a colleague from your office to pieces, or leave your best friend for certain death."

Dying Light will launch later this year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Learn how the title will utilize the PS4's unique features in Polygon's hands-on impressions of the game from last November and check out our report on how the developers are working to combat player motion sickness.