Dying Light: Bad Blood, the standalone battle royale take on Techland’s zombie survival horror game, will debut with a Steam Early Access launch in September, the studio announced this morning.
First announced back in March, Dying Light: Bad Blood is a 12-player “brutal royale” that will feature both player-versus-player and player-versus-environment combat. Players will scavenge for weapons and loot similar to those found in other battle royale games, but the end goal is to race to an evacuation chopper and become the only one to make it out alive.
“We’ve always been keen to add more PvP multiplayer to Dying Light,” Maciej Laczny, Bad Blood’s executive producer, said in a statement. “But we want to do it in the Dying Light way, where this world swarming with infected is just as much a threat as the other players.”
Laczny said Bad Blood would incorporate Dying Light’s signature parkour movement and improvised melee weapons to help it stand out from other battle royale games.
Techland began taking signups for a global playtest this spring, and said today that a limited number of invitations will go out for a one-day preview from 9 a.m. PT on Saturday, Aug. 25, to 9 p.m. PT on Sunday, Aug. 26.
That will be followed by a one-day global playtest for all who have signed up. Keys for both of these tests will be distributed via email starting on Aug. 22. (Registration closes that same day at 1 p.m. PDT.) Progress from these playtests will be transferrable to the Early Access version when that launches.
Dying Light: Bad Blood will cost $19.99 during Early Access (as a “Founders Pack,” delivering some in-game currency and other items for three months after its launch). When the game makes its full launch on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, however, it will transition to a free-to-play model, Techland said. A launch window for the full release was not given.
Update: Registration for the global playtest remains open until Aug. 22.