Dying Light 2 Microtransactions Backlash Squeezes Out Response From Techland

Apparently it is "just the first iteration" of this new system.

Story Highlights

  • The recent Dying Light 2 update introduced DL Points as the new in-game currency, leading to prolific negative reviews from the community.
  • Players’ mostly negative feedback caused Techland, the developer of Dying Light 2, to give its response surrounding this backlash.
  • According to the FAQ about the new DL Points, it is “just the first iteration” of the new system and will be modified as per player feedback to further polish and adjust it in the future.
  • Fans are now more vocal than ever, with many considering some of Techland’s recent behavior to be outright disgraceful.

Dying Light 2 announced a recent update, which included DL Points, the new in-game currency, but fans are not happy with this at all. The severe backlash Techland has received since introducing the latest update has caused the company to respond to this negative feedback. Even though there is a chance that these microtransactions get removed due to fans’ fury, it is sure to leave a mark on the company’s reputation.

For those initiated, Techland has introduced a new currency that can be used to purchase in-game items. In the beginning, the company promised that the use of DL Points would only be limited to cosmetics, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The FireDevil bundle contains “Inferno,” a power item, which is one of the big reasons for the fans’ disappointment.

If going back on its words wasn’t enough, Techland gives players 500 DL Points for free, as a token of goodwill perhaps. Unfortunately, the game hardly lets you purchase anything with that amount except for bundles, which can be purchased via Steam and other stores. Fans also believe that future bundles will have a similar price tag, being higher than 500 DL Points.

Players found Techland’s actions to be predatory and pathetic, as giving that much DL Points only serves to push people to purchase the currency. The cheapest points package you can purchase is 500 DL Points, meaning that when you spend money, you are bound to have some leftover points, which will further push you to spend more to get another attractive bundle.

Furthermore, this whole new system was implemented under the guise of making the purchases better and improved, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. For example, if you were to purchase just the Gunslinger Bundle for PlayStation 5, it would cost you $6.99, and now, with the price tag of 600 DL Points, the only points package you can get gives 1100, which costs $9.99. So, you are paying extra for points that you may not spend.

Techland, in its response, did try to tackle this issue by saying that it will implement a system where you can purchase individual parts of a bundle. So, if you have 400 points lying around and need 100 more to get the full bundle, you can simply purchase the most desired individual items from that bundle. It will still take some time for that to be implemented, and it is unclear how much the individual items will cost. 

One particular fan even gave some suggestions on this, saying, “People who missed the events should use the DL points, not the whole fan base.” They further expanded on the topic by saying that these microtransactions carry away the motivation to play the events. 

Unless we get 100 DL points for participating or 200 for finishing the game on the hardest difficulty without switching back to easy or normal at all, then that would make it better, but right now, it’s just not good at all,” says RandomDude.

While the tensions are high, Techland seems to emphasize that it will listen to player feedback, and the future of this new system could be determined by how players react to it. So, there is a chance that this could be removed sometime in the future. Even so, it will leave a mark on Dying Light 2 and the company’s reputation, as many fans seem to be done with the game.

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Dying Light 2 is an action role-playing game by Techland. It is the sequel to the 2015 survival horror game and was released on PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 4, 2022.

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