Watch first gameplay from Bad Blood, Dying Light's standalone battle royale-style mode

Bad Blood is an upcoming expansion to zombie masher Dying Light that's inspired by Battle Royale games—six players are dumped in a city arena and asked to fight through zombies to reach an extraction chopper, all the while keeping their eyes peeled for other humans. Developer Techland unveiled it last year following "numerous fan requests", and now it's shown off ten minutes of the game in action.

You'll see a fair amount of jank in the gameplay footage above, especially in the PvP melee fights, but that's to be expected given that it's still in the pre-alpha stage. It gives you a good idea of what to expect from a round of Bad Blood: you begin by looting buildings, gathering bows, grenades and pipes to bash zombies with. Then, you seek out 'hives' of zombies, which you have to destroy to earn 'samples'. You can only escape on the extraction chopper if you've collected a certain number of samples, which gives you an incentive to wade in.

In the footage, first shown off by IGN, the player battles a Goon, a giant zombie swinging a huge makeshift hammer. Again, it's fairly janky (the player ends up walking up behind the Goon and slashing them repeatedly in the back with a tiny knife), but it's got some potential to get hectic, especially if the slower zombies decide to get involved in the fight.

The satisfying zombie beheading from Dying Light is still apparent when the player takes on smaller groups, and Techland will hopefully bring the rest of the game up to that standard. The game's parkour mechanics fit in well, too, because once one player gathers enough samples, everybody will have to rush to the extraction point, which could be a long way away.

There's definitely still work to do, but I'm glad we've got a better idea of the direction in which the game is heading. Bad Blood is due out at some point this year. What do you think of what Techland has shown off?

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play.