Dying Light, Techland’s zombie-filled, parkour-infused and motion sickness-inducing survival-horror game, is getting a Battle Royale-inspired standalone PvP expansion called Bad Blood in 2018.
According to the developer, Dying Light: Bad Blood is a “multiplayer expansion set in the Dying Light universe which offers intense and dynamically changing online matches that creatively blend the distinction between PvP and PvE style of gameplay, while retaining the core of what made Dying Light and international success” which came about “as a response to numerous fan requests for a PvP approach to Dying Light, and the recent popularity of the Battle Royale genre among the survival horror fans.”
To be clear, there is already something reminiscent of a PvP mode in Dying Light, called Be The Zombie, where players can invade another players world in the form of a powerful zombie called the Night Hunter. The mode itself was a mix of Evolve and Dark Souls, as it had players team up to defeat a powerful enemy whose goal was to destroy the Night Hunter’s nest before they themselves were killed, but it was only available for those actually willing to let themselves be invaded.
However, Bad Blood seeks to set itself apart from both Be The Zombie and other Battle Royale-style games by reducing the amount of players to six and have them all be humans. Furthermore, as the description entails, there will be a mix of both PvE and PvP in the mode, as players still have to worry about fighting off zombies in the area.
All we know about the game thus far is that six players will be dropped in a zombie-infested area and their goal is to scavenge for weapons and harvest blood samples from the infected before night falls (at which point, you’ll need to evacuate). The catch is that there are a limited amount of seats available on the chopper and while the available seats are based on how many samples are harvested collectively, everyone has to pay for their seat individually. And this is where things get messy: though players will often have to team up to defeat bosses, they can just as easily turn on each other to steal their samples and prevent them from evacuating once the chopper arrives.
Dying Light: Bad Blood is due out in 2018. You can learn more about the game and register for the global playtest here.