New Daylight Details Reveal Price Point and Release Date

By Masoud House

February 20, 2014

Just a few days ago we reported that Atlus and Zombie Studios’ upcoming survival horror game Daylight would be coming “sometime this April.” Now we’ve received not only the exact release date, but the price point for the game as well.

Daylight is set to release on April 8th this year for the PC and PS4 for $14.99 (€14.99/£11.99 for our European friends). While there aren’t any pre-order details set up yet, there are some new environment and feature details, which you can view below. You can also check out the gallery on the bottom to see more of the environment, and the “Don’t Look Back” trailer for a closer look at the gameplay.

The Prison:

The Prison area unlocks after players find their way out of Dr. Mercer’s office. The hospital doors are replaced with iron bars, nurses’ stations replaced with guard checkpoints, and the prison is punctuated with a lurking 3-story stack of prison cells. Remnants players will find in this area are notes from prisoners to each other, guard logs about various altercations, and even a few cover-ups of impropriety. The spirits players begin to encounter in the prison are the first ones in the game that start to get aggressive. Staying safe in the prisons will require being able to quickly and efficiently navigate the prison block, but the tight corridors and guard rooms will put players to the test.

The Forest:

One of the later levels in Daylight is the Forest. After players traverse through the Prison and the Sewers, they will find themselves outdoors in a big open area, lit only by the trusty mobile phone light and the faint glow of a sallow moon. Despite being a giant open area of scrub land and swamps, the Forest still has the same procedurally generated environments as the rest of Daylight. Several notable landmarks will be randomly generated in the open world. The random landmarks will also contain the location of the remnants to find, but only the bravest players will live long enough to see what kind of horrors the forest holds.

The Story So Far


In the late 30s, a tourist steamboat caught fire and capsized off the coast of New Kipling, drowning more than 1000 passengers. The bodies of the victims washed up on the shores of Mid Island, and the hospital was quickly converted into a makeshift morgue to handle all the corpses. The remaining survivors of the shipwreck were treated at MIH, but with limited resources and growing costs, the MIH was unable to recover from the specter of a tragedy of that magnitude. The hospital closed its doors abruptly one day in 1948.

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“Affluence would offer no protection from them. Some would say, they suffered the most. Exposure…Disaster… The flames rose up on their lavish display.” – Dr. Mercer


This was a dark period for Mid Island. The turn of the century brought about plenty of medical advances that drastically reduced the need for a hospital; the early 1900s also brought about a massive wave of criminals. To deal with the influx of prisoners, a portion of Mid Island Hospital is retrofitted into a prison. Patient rooms were given prison bars and filled with the criminal and criminally insane. The isolated island made it an ideal location to sweep the malcontents under the proverbial rug, and the out-of-sight-out-of-mind corrections facility quickly became overcrowded. Overcrowding beget prison violence, and after a string of brutal injuries, murders, and allegations of illegal and immoral medical experiments, the prison quickly came under scrutiny. The Great Depression all but wiped out funding for the prison, and 6 years after the economy crashed, the prison ward was abandoned and Mid Island penitentiary reverted to Mid Island hospital.

“The curse grew stronger as time went on. With each year further tightening its grip. They built steel cages to contain its resolve. Enslavement, Isolation. Reckless Abandon. The city would burn with hatred and fear.” – Dr. Mercer

1700 – 1859

Skipping back nearly two hundred years, we get to the initial founding of Mid Island Hospital. As colonial America began to flourish, so too did rampant Tuberculosis. Between the ravages of the disease and the various wars with the French, Native Americans, and eventually British, Mid Island Hospital tended to several generations of death. Corpse disposal was haphazard at best, and was accomplished by any means. As America turned on itself in the Civil War, Mid Island Hospital retreats to obscurity until the early 1900s.

“It began with Infection. A black veil of Sickness. Disease and Despair, sudden and swift.” – Dr. Mercer

“They moved the afflicted to this place where you stand. They thought it would protect and leave them to grow. Then came Corruption, Persecution…. and Chaos.” – Dr. Mercer

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Masoud House

Born and raised in video games and "geek culture," Masoud has been bred off of fantasy worlds his entire life and doesn't see anything wrong with that. He loves RPGs (especially TRPGs), sandbox games, the sci-fi genre, dieselpunk, art deco, and anything that allows him to create. Having graduated from John Jay College with a degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing, Masoud hopes to one day pen the same novels, comics, movies, and video games he enjoys escaping into when the real world gets too boring.

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