Dying Light will be yet another game that is cross-generational, but what sorts of differences will we see with this game on current-generation consoles versus the PS4 and Xbox One?
Dying Light producer Tymon Smektala recently talked about the differences players will see between the next-generation versions of the game versus current-generation versions, as well as how they will be utilizing various peripheral console features.
"In terms of the core gameplay, there will be no significant differences. Very early in the production process we’ve decided that we want the game to play exactly the same on all platforms, so we’ve created a new version of our in-house Chrome Engine technology to support that goal.
"That’s why all Dying Light elements that relate to the core gameplay – be it the enemy AI or the number of zombies on screen – stay the same, whether it’s current-gen or next-gen. On the other hand, we also wanted to use the extreme processing power of PS4, Xbox One and PC, so these versions use all advancements in the field of graphical fidelity, including our very advanced physically based lighting model.
"For regular gamers it might sound like a technical mumbo-jumbo, but it’s something they should really be excited about: thanks to the new lighting model, the whole game world looks extra realistic and instantly gets +10 to immersion.
"Of course, we’re also using some of the more specific next-gen features, like light bar and touch pad support or voice recognition, the latter being tied to our in-game noise system (you can draw zombies’ attention just by screaming at them)," Smektala said.
While we fully expect first party developers, both on the sides of Microsoft and Sony, to make the greatest strides with Kinect, the DualShock 4's light bar and touch pad or the PlayStation Camera, it'll be interesting to see how Techland has decided to use these peripherals.
On the PS4 side of the fence, hopefully they are conscious of the fact that the strong majority of users do not have the PlayStation Camera. Implementing an important feature that requires the device wouldn't be wise, and really, it's not something we expect them to do.
There is no release date set for Dying Light yet, but it will hit retailers sometime next year.