What you need to know
- The 1.2 patch for Dying Light 2 on PC introduced a controversial change to the game's Korek Charm.
- Previously free to use, Techland has now imposed a massive materials cost to using the charm which effectively grants unlimited weapon durability.
- Recognising the reaction before the patch even hits console, Techland will be addressing it in a future patch.
Unlike the original, Dying Light 2 doesn't have a weapon repair scheme, though there are ways to prolong the life of your favourite melee tools. One of those is the secret Korek Charm acquired by unlocking the dev room in the Central Loop portion of the map.
Initially this added up to +500 durability to any weapon you applied it to, which was basically any weapon with a charm slot. But it was also completely free to use, unlike traditional weapon mods which use a variety of different crafting materials. The 1.2 patch which has rolled out today on PC and will hit console in the coming days changed the behaviour of the charm for the worse.
It now only applies up to +300 durability, which is fine, really, since it's enough to repair just about every weapon currently in the game, but it now costs 666 scrap to apply each time. That's 2/3 of the scrap that players have been able to hold in their inventory to this point, and as you can imagine, nobody is happy. Especially since Dying Light 2 is predominantly a single-player, PvE experience.
Fortunately, Techland does listen to its players and the immediate backlash on the size of the nerf to the Korek Charm has been addressed in the game's official Discord by their community manager:
There's nothing to say what these changes might be but literally anything below 666 scrap to use the charm will be an improvement. Perhaps the developers initially didn't think as many people would find and use the Korek Charm as they have, or they didn't envisage it being used to prolong weapon life as it has, but needless to say it's become the number one must have item in Dying Light 2.
Some weapons are irreplaceable, like the Legendary quality Timeout that players acquired from the Twitch drops, or the Hussar that was awarded from Techland's own website. The Korek Charm allows these to live on. And let's face it, in a game with loot, players are going to get attached to their best pieces of loot. All the current changes do is ensure everyone moves to using bows and the PK Crossbow as these never break.
In any case, it's great to see feedback being heard and addressed as quickly as this. The 1.2 patch will arrive on Xbox and PlayStation in the coming days and as things stand the initial, bad, change to the Korek Charm will be intact there. So hang tight for a fix.
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