Over the weekend, developer Techland tweeted on social media that its upcoming open-world zombie sequel Dying Light 2: Stay Human will take “at least 500 hours” to fully complete. While the studio may have thought it was a good piece of information to show just how much there was in its branching narrative story, the announcement was met with some backlash amid excitement as some players complained about the length and worried about being bloated or that they would never watch To the end of such a massive adventure.
Later, as the studio saw some negative reactions, Dying Lights Twitter account clarifies to one fan You can complete the story and side quests in 70 to 80 hours, “if you’re not in a hurry.” Then, the official Twitter account relaxed the message, saying “500 hours is about maxing out the game – complete all missions, endings, explorations around the world, but the average player should have completed the story + side quests and done quite a bit of exploration in less than 100 hours, so no worries!” The Twitter account then further clarified that you can complete the main story in 20 hours , and completes most of the story and sideline content in about 80 hours — a far cry from the original “500 hours” messaging.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human
Even with this clarification, 80 hours is still a commitment to completing the story and side quests (especially considering how good and integral the side quests looked to my hands-on session in November).i even The length of the game announced on Twitter teases a little fun, joked that after playing Persona 5 Royal Edition before Deadline, I thought I was ready to review any game. While I was mostly joking in that tweet, it got me thinking about how Dying Light 2: Keeping Human’s coverage length compares to some of the most famous (and notorious) long games in gaming.
As a result, I visited HowLongToBeat.com, which takes the user’s playtime and aggregates them into three distinct times for each game: main story, main + additional content, and finishers. Seeing how the original Techland tweet focused on the “completer” and “main + extra” numbers (the 20 hours of the main story is nothing special), that’s what I decided to focus on when comparing the numbers. Notable Yes, these numbers are user-generated and may not be completely accurate. Still, they’re the most handy tools we use to estimate playtime for a variety of games.
I first looked at Dying Light 2’s estimates against Techland’s first entry in the series.according to HLTB, the original Dying Light takes 55 hours or less to run perfectly (depending on whether you’re playing base game or Enhanced Edition). The main + additional content takes between 35 hours and 46.5 hours to complete, depending on which version you’re playing. Needless to say (if Techland’s reported numbers are accurate), Dying Light 2: Keep Humans has a ton of content compared to its predecessor.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Let’s start our cross-company comparison with Techland’s Polish compatriots at CD Projekt Red.The studio is known for the sprawling worlds it creates The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077However, according to the reported completion times of Dying Light 2, none of these huge experiences can match the completion time. HLTB, The Witcher 3 needs 173 hours to see everything it has to offer, and you need 103 hours to indulge in all the thrills of Night City in Cyberpunk 2077. However, if you want to compare how long it takes to complete all of the main story and side quest content, the experience is more comparable. Cyberpunk 2077 is less than 60 hours long in the field, while The Witcher 3 actually exceeds Techland’s estimate for Dying Light 2, and Geralt’s mainline + add-on mission is 103 hours long Hour.
But what about the flag-bearers of open-world operations? You can spend seemingly endless hours in Grand Theft Auto Online, but the games it builds, Grand Theft Auto V, easier to manage.according to HLTB, a full playthrough of Rockstar’s best-selling game takes 79 hours, while the main + add-on run takes 48 hours. In fact, throughout the GTA series, Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition With the longest completionist playtime, this version sees everything Liberty City has to offer you in less than 100 hours. at the same time, Red Dead Redemption 2 To offer more, the finisher lasts 172 hours on Rockstar’s Wild West run and 79 hours on the main + add-on run. However, Rockstar Games Introduces Table Tennis Only 6 hours to complete main + additional content, no completion data available.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
One of the most acclaimed open world games in recent memory is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While the game is known for its hugely exploratory rendition of Hyrule, even the completionist playthrough only lasts 188 hours, while the main + additional playthrough takes 97 hours. If you look at a game that came out a few days before Breath of the Wild in 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn, Aloy’s initial outing lets you see what’s inside full version In 76.5 hours, main + extra time is 54.5 hours.even a huge world Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Valhalla Only provide 130 to 140 hours for completers.
Bethesda is another studio known for making massive open worlds with events around every corner.when looking at its numbers HLTB, the Maryland-based studio is closer to completionist territory than CD Projekt Red or Rockstar. According to user data, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition If players want to see it all, they are given up to 211 hours of content, 116 of which are the main story and additional content. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Considerable numbers are also given, with 184 hours of completion and 86 hours of main + extra. The Fallout series also offers its fair share of shows to watch Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition Provides players with 214 hours of finish game time and 113 hours of main + bonus time.However, Bethesda’s king of content is The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – Game of the Year Edition, providing completers up to 392 hours of main + 101 hours of extra time. We crawl closer and closer.
While I’ve focused my comparison on other open-world games so far, perhaps other genres can match the completionist playtime reported by Dying Light 2. Several well-known role-playing franchises have offered themselves a world where players want to lose themselves for hundreds of hours. Person 5 Royal is the game I immediately compared to, which is what inspired this article. However, due to various streamlined elements, vanilla version For the finisher, the beloved RPG is actually longer, with 173 hours to experience all the content and 113 hours for the main + additional content. Royal’s main + extras are still longer, giving players 125 hours of content. Even Final Fantasy can’t keep up with what Techland touts, Final Fantasy X Provides the longest completionist playtime at 149 hours, Final Fantasy XII Provides players with the longest main + extras number in the main series (excluding MMOs) at 92.5 hours. Xenoblade series has a maximum battery life of 270 hours Xenoblade Chronicles X, while The Legend of Heroes: Roads of Cold Steel had the longest completion time at 147 hours fourth entry.
Crusader King III
Dragon Quest is another franchise known for its length, according to HLTB, completers can spend 750 hours in Dragon Quest IX: Star Sentinel, Main + Extra time is 87.5 hours. We finally did it. We’ve found a game that dwarfs the “500 hours” figure touted by Techland. But it’s not the only game that has surpassed the 500 hour mark. Crusader King IIILaunched last year, it offers 585 hours of content for completers and 172 hours for main + extra games.
Additionally, as mentioned above, MMOs like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV, as well as competitive online multiplayer games like League of Legends and Dota, offer unlimited replayability, with thousands of HLTB (Although multiplayer uses a different category on the site). Dying Light 2’s claim to have 500 hours of full content is truly astounding, but if that length actually comes to fruition, and it’s not just an eye-popping marketing figure, it’s hardly the highest we’ve ever seen.
Of course, as Twitter’s initial backlash made clear, long playback isn’t necessarily a measure of quality. What’s the point if what’s being said isn’t engaging enough that we want to actually experience the full 500 hours? While what we’ve seen, heard, and played with Dying Light 2: Staying Human has been positive so far, we won’t know how good it really is until we get our hands on it. Considering how long the devs say the game will last if you don’t plan to stay on the critical path, and the fact that it’s currently so close to a release date, I’m certainly hoping that day will come soon. Dying Light 2: Stay Human is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch (via the cloud), and PC on February 4.
For more on Dying Light 2: Keeping Human, check out our recent hands-on preview and today’s new game. You can also check out the game’s impressive E3 2019 demo in full here, or get a glimpse of the team’s early ambitions with an in-depth preview I wrote in 2019.