Doom, the first-person shooter that defined the genre, is referenced in a secret challenge area Easter egg in Techland’s Dying Light 2: Stay Human. A decade in the making and two delays later, Dying Light 2 was finally published on February 4th for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Gameplay is highly regarded, but plot parts have been panned, and many of the game’s severe technical flaws have led many to declare it unplayable. Video games’ use of Easter Eggs has become commonplace, but Techland’s team has pushed it to new heights throughout the years. When it comes to Easter eggs, most games only have a certain quantity.
Techland, on the other hand, has included a slew in each release, including Dying Light 2. A week after its release, the game has already yielded countless hints and references to other popular titles. Recent discoveries in Dying Light 2 such as a pair of triple-jumping sneakers that reference Super Mario Bros. show that the Villedor universe still has many mysteries and Easter eggs just waiting to be unearthed by those with an open mind. Dying Light 2’s E1M1 challenge chamber is a well-hidden and difficult Easter Egg discovered by YouTuber The Easter Egg Hunter, who shared their findings.
Five rubber ducks are distributed and buried across the game’s map, which is seen in the 7-minute training video to access the secret DOOM level. Once the items have been gathered, players must return to the location of the mission’s “broadcast,” where a previously sealed door will be unlocked, revealing a subterranean chamber where rubber ducks must be employed and cables must be linked. As soon as the project is finished, gamers will be given the opportunity to experience the iconic E1M1 from DOOM with pixelated visuals, midi music from the ’90s, and the Ka Doom Shotgun. However, another YouTuber has revealed that the secret level has a second Easter egg, making it look like the Easter egg is nothing more than a DOOM challenge chamber.
Techland has written a letter to thank the original DOOM and id Software creators for their work on the game, which can be found on the second floor of the hidden level. The email concludes with a thank-you from Techland for motivating the team to create video games. The first-person shooter genre pioneered by id Software’s DOOM remains a source of inspiration for aspiring creators over three decades later. Even if the hidden level isn’t an exact replica of the original, it’s probable that there are more Easter eggs hidden throughout Dying Light 2’s expansive area.