Yesterday, Dying Light added a bow to the arsenal of weapons players can use to kill the undead. You might be wondering: "How does a months-old game justify dropping in a random new gizmo for killing, all of a sudden?" By making it really, really hard for players to get their hands on it.
I got ahead of myself there. The reason that Dying Light got a longbow yesterday is because the weapon is a reward for completing a new challenge run that was added to the game as paid DLC: $US9.99 on its own, or free — sorry, I mean "free" — as part of the $US19.99 season pass. Known as "Bozak Horde," the challenge mode strips players of all their equipment and drops them inside of a building reminiscent of the torture porn classic Saw. A scary dude in a hockey mask taunts protagonist Kyle Crane as he struggles to survive hordes of aggressive zombies, traverse through parkour challenges, and defuse a series of bombs — and do so in a very limited amount of time. Oh, and you're only allowed to die three times before the game resets itself.
If you make it through all of these challenges, you will emerge victorious with a brand new bow. Only problem is, Dying Light isn't an easy game for many of the people who've played it. Stripping players of all the equipment they have amassed over the course of the normal game and adding a timer makes Bozak Horde all the more formidable. Developer Techland even inserted a warning into the DLC when you first enter into it, saying that the challenges ahead are extremely challenging and best met when playing with one or more allies in the game's co-op multiplayer mode.
The forums on Steam and Reddit have been awash in posts both anguished and angry-sounding over the last twelve hours as upset players greeted the new DLC with discontent.
The problem most of these vocal players identified with the new DLC is that it's really hard, and not in a good way. More of a repetitive, punishing, poorly designed way:
To top off all these grievances, there's the fact that you're unable to access the bow until you beat Bozak Horde. And if you want special ammo for it, you have to meet even more demanding requirements than simply making it through the challenge run in one piece.
So what's a bow-hungry Dying Light player to do? Start poking around for potential allies online, I guess.
Or just find someone who already has one.
Best of luck to all the Dying Light players out there who are still hunting for their shiny new compound bows.