Dying Light too easy? Just wait for Hard Mode

Dying Light, the recent zombie survive-’em-up from Polish developer Techland, gets a new Hard Mode in a free March update, allowing players to turn up the challenge.

The new difficulty mode simultaneously adds deadlier enemies while also providing fewer resources to the player. In this tougher scenario, stealth becomes a vital means of avoiding the more dangerous enemies encountered at night.

“A few gamers have already finished Dying Light and are asking for more,” said producer Tymon Smektala in a statement. “So we’re going to give our community a new challenge that will put everything they learnt in the game to the test. Hard Mode is exactly that. We’re aiming to have it out around the start of March, if not sooner. Depends on how brutal we wanna make this on people.”

The March update also includes numerous, unnamed gameplay improvements and new character outfits. It’s meant to be the first of multiple free expansions that Techland plans to release for the game, in addition to the already announced plans for paid downloadable content. The developer also intends to release a set of modding tools to provide even more post-release support for the game, at least among Windows gamers.

Dying Light is an open world zombie survival sandbox with a massive, feature-rich world, innovative movement mechanics, and strong multiplayer support, though it’s held back by its boilerplate story and shaky combat systems. Read our review here.