Dying Light is a first-person, action survival horror game set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, players traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population. At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Most frightening are the predators which only appear after sundown. Players must use everything in their power to survive until the morning’s first light.
Unfortunately, it looks like it controls about as well as Dead Island. Which, for those that don't know, controlled like absolute crap. Considering this is from the same company, I wouldn't get my hopes up. It does look really nice, though. Any word on co-op? That's the only thing that made Dead Island playable for me.
The more I see of this game, the more I'm reminded of Dead Island, which is ruining the hype for me. I want to give it a chance, but Techland isn't known for their quality.
Had my friend on the opposite coast pickup Dead Island when it went cheap, we played it co-op but never finished it. Game itself ran okay, but the design, pace, and difficulty were awful. When you have the best weapon you can get for the level you're working on, only to find it's not enough against what the game is throwing at you, there is a problem. Add to that having to re-trace your steps over and over in the same area and it just got tedious. A shame because it started out very cool.
I have concerns like yours. Techland already made the same game twice, and this looks like it might be the same game a third time. I will watch the reviews closely when this comes out.
As much as I disliked the game, I ended up playing it with my friends a lot because they refused to play much of anything else. I don't in difficult games, but the design itself of Dead Island didn't do it any favors (as you said, backtracking sucks). This is looking like a rental.