Dying Light 2 was released last week and so far much of the discussion surrounding the game has been positive. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case for those who have purchased the game on last-gen consoles. Over the weekend, a number of threads have popped up across social media with people pointing out glaring issues with the game. Although there are some minor issues on next-gen consoles, the majority of the faults have been found on the PS4 and Xbox One.
One of the most obvious issues is with enemy AI. A video posted in the PlayStation subreddit showed enemies freezing, skipping across the map, and climbing over nothing. There are also graphical issues such as the ground randomly disappearing and zombies disappearing after being hit. Check out the Reddit thread here to see how Dying Light 2 performs on PS4.
Other threads are filled with people complaining about blurry textures, freezes, screen tearing, and more. The issues with Dying Light 2 are part of a recent trend since the next-gen systems launched. More than any console generation change before PS4 to PS5 and Xbox One to Xbox Series has so far been defined by cross-gen games. Typically there’s a short crossover between console generations where games come out on old and new consoles. However, this generation change has been blurred far more than previous ones. As such, some games have started to suffer when played on last-gen systems. Cyberpunk 2077 was famously so bad on PS4 and Xbox One that it got delisted from Sony’s digital marketplace and Microsoft offered full refunds to gamers.
Although there’s no suggestion that Dying Light 2 is on the same level as Cyberpunk 2077, it’s clear the game was developed with next-gen consoles as the focus. That’s not going to be very comforting to all the people who paid full price for an inferior product on last-gen consoles though.