Dying Light 2 kicks off its five-year plan of post-launch support today, June 14, with In The Footsteps of a Nightrunner, the first live event that reshapes the in-game economy and rewards track in a daily, weekly, and seasonal context. In this new story chapter, you can earn exclusive items and weapons while taking on new challenges meant to give Dying Light 2 players something new to do every day. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Dying Light 2 seasonal event, including how to start it and how to finish it–plus all that sweaty running for your life in between.
In The Footsteps of a Nightrunner details
This new chapter in the game introduces the Agent system, a sort of career ranking where players can complete in-game missions and earn exclusive rewards for their efforts. This is, according to Techland, a way to bring live-service elements into the game, such as daily and weekly challenges, without the paid portion attached. In The Footsteps of a Nightrunner is totally free for all players, and though two new currencies come to the game, neither is acquired with real-world money.
How to start In The Footsteps of a Nightrunner
To begin this new chapter, you’ll want to head to the Fish Eye in the New Dawn Park district of Central Loop, the hub of life and limited leisure in the undead world. Outside the bar is Harper, a former Nightrunner whom you must speak to in order to kick off the mission. This essentially unlocks the new in-game systems that will persist for the rest of the game’s lifespan.
Included in the new features are several new terms to get acquainted with, such as bounties, mission tickets, and reputation points. Bounties are your daily and weekly challenges. Unlike in some other games, you actually get to activate the tasks you want to focus on from a list of available bounties. You can activate up to three daily bounties and one weekly bounty at any time. You can also cancel them if you change your mind; just note that doing so will reset their progress, as well.
Mission tickets are awarded to you by Harper and allow you to partake in ultra-tough time trials that combine the game’s pillars of combat, stealth, and parkour. To participate, however, you’ll also need to improve your reputation. To that end, completed bounties give you reputation points, and each new tier also awards you with a Chapter Token, which can be spent in the exclusive Agent Shop, where unique items, both practical and cosmetic, await the game’s most diehard players.
In this first chapter, the former Nightrunner has tasked you with hunting some of the game’s special infected and new mutated monsters, such as Volatile Hives and Volatile Tyrants. Future chapters will be themed around other aspects of the Dying Light world, but for now, you’re going to want to bring your flashlight, as In The Footsteps of a Nightrunner focuses on completing bounties at night when the game’s fiercest foes come out.
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