Techland has revealed more details about its upcoming battle royale mode for Dying Light, Dying Light: Bad Blood, that’ll be launching into Early Access later this year.

Initially unveiled as an add-on for Dying Light, Techland has this morning unveiled more details about the game. It’ll be a standalone title that’ll be launching on Steam’s Early Access this September. Players will be able to jump into the action by purchasing one of the game’s Founders Packs earning immediate entry and a few additional goodies.

As you might expect, Dying Light: Bad Blood takes the Dying Light‘s PvE and blends it with even more PvP action in a twelve-person “brutal royale” that’ll have players fighting to survive not only against the undead but other players too.

Dying Light: Bad Blood utilizes the infected as a way for players to level up their character during play. This obviously introduces a new mechanic into the tiring Battle Royale trend which will hopefully keep the game fresh.

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“We’ve always been keen to add more PvP multiplayer to Dying Light. We’ve read all of the messages from players on social media and forums, and multiplayer has been a hot topic. We’ve also seen how players have embraced Be the Zombie and that inspired us to expand on multiplayer. 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,” says Maciej Łączny, Executive Producer.

“This is how Dying Light: Bad Blood came to life, a game based on these key principles: the freedom and fast pace of parkour movement, the constant threat of the Infected, and the creative brutality of melee combat. Combined they offer an all-new brutal royale experience. Now we encourage the community to help us fine-tune the game before its release.”

The Founder’s Pack, which will grant access to the Early Access phase, will cost $19.99 and will give players in-game currency, exclusive items, and the Founder’s Pass which will offer three Legendary skins over the course of three months following the game’s Early Access launch.

During the Early Access phase, players are encouraged to give feedback so that Techland can improve on the experience. The game will also be receiving free updates including new maps, modes, and in-game items.

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Ultimately, however, Dying Light: Bad Blood will be a free-to-play game for both PC and consoles, which is pretty great news.

For those keen to get involved with the game before it hits Early Access, Techland has revealed details on its upcoming Global Playtests. Players have until August 22 to sign up via the game’s website. The first test will be taking place on  August 25th, 09:00 AM PDT until August 26th, 09:00 PM PDT. The second playtest will take place on September 1st, 09:00AM PDT and lasts until September 2nd, 09:00PM PDT.

The first test is set to “allow developers to test the infrastructure, matchmaking mechanics and various other crucial parts of the game.” Whereas the second test “is meant to validate data gathered during Phase One and generate further feedback on the game, including common issues and bugs before Steam Early Access launch.”

What do you think about Dying Light: Bad Blood? Will you be jumping into the Early Access phase, or will you be waiting for its free-to-play launch?

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